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Simmons named new principal at Notre Dame

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pnd3Randy Simmons, with 35 years experience as an educator that includes leadership positions, was officially named the new principal at Peoria Notre Dame High School. He has been assistant principal the past year.

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CAC to host Recognize Richard fundraiser starring Richard Pryor Jr.

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With an official downtown location secured, the Richard Pryor Sculpture Committee will hold its first Recognize Richard fundraiser on May 24 at the Contemporary Art Center, starring Richard Pryor Jr.

The goal of the fundraiser is to begin raising the $100,000 needed to cast the bronze statue of Richard Pryor created by Peoria artist Preston Jackson. All proceeds from the event will go towards the statue, which will be located at the corner...

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Park District moves into new offices at Lakeview

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Spirit of Peoria ready to set sail for the season

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spiritofpeoriaA new season aboard the Spirit of Peoria is underway and the paddlewheel boat will again offer some of the most unique entertainment to be found in central Illinois.

With some new events planned, including themed cruises with flowing juices, owner and Capt. Alex Grieves believes this could be one of the Spirit’s best years on...

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Ardis: State of the City is proud, but much work lies ahead

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ardis-005As it continues to bask in the glory of being named an All America City for the fourth time, Peoria will continue to see growth and a revitalized downtown -- with unprecedented help from City Hall -- in 2014, Mayor Jim Ardis said in his annual State of the City address delivered Tuesday.

Ardis told nearly 600 people at the event at the Peoria Civic...

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Helping child abuse victims starts with 'first responders'

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child-abuse-onlineChild abuse, said Clete Winkelmann, is one of those things that make people want to cover their eyes and run away.

"We don't do that," said Winkelmann, CEO of Children's Home in Peoria. "We run into the situation. We are basically the first responders...

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PAAR Turkey Drive sets record; tornado relief events successful

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paar-logoPeoria-area Realtors set another record in its annual Turkey Drive, with help from local partners and national suppliers while they keep finding ways to help victims of the Nov. 17 tornadoes.

The Peoria Area Association of Realtors said Monday that the annual fundraiser reached $23,600 this year, topping the previous record of $23,000 set last year. That will...

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CASA: Giving children a voice

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FOLEPI, Santa Parade lead off a weekend of holiday activities

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santaparadeAfter the tummy settles a bit from Thursday's feast, there is much to do this weekend in the Peoria area — even if Black Friday isn't your thing.

The area's holiday themed festivities actually begin Thursday evening when the City of East Peoria opens FOLEPI's Winter Wonderland, the drive-through extravaganza in Fon du Lac Park at the top of Springfield...

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The ultimate goal: Keeping families intact

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There is no question what the goal of child welfare agencies is when it comes to disposing of child abuse or neglect cases: To keep the family together.

Where there is grey area is with the question of what's in the best interest of the child....

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Benefit concerts to aid tornado victims

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Musical instruments and singing voices will become tools to help those affected by the Nov. 17 tornadoes at a pair of upcoming benefit concerts in Peoria and Bloomington.

On Tuesday the Peoria Symphony Orchestra plays a Tornado Relief Benefit Concert at 7 p.m. at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre.

The concert will feature selections from Handel's Messiah and the audience will be invited to sing along with musicians and vocalist from...

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Protecting the kids is everyone's job

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The responsibility for ensuring the safety of children or ridding them of the horrors of abuse or neglect should extend beyond child welfare services, police agencies and juvenile courts.

Those in professions that cause them to be mandatory reporters of abuse and neglect or even suspicions of schild-abuse-onlineuch should not be the only people that do...

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Disaster relief available; more coming

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Prayers-for-Pekin-and-WashingtonGov. Pat Quinn on Monday declared seven Illinois counties, including Tazewell and Woodford counties, as state disaster areas.

That news came just before Quinn toured several of the areas hit by tornadoes on Sunday, including Washington, the hardest hit community as it lost as many as 500 homes as the result...

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Leadership Luncheon Awards to be revived

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Mass, reception will conclude Catholic high school sesquicentennial

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catholicThe Peoria Catholic Diocese will conclude its year-long celebration of Catholic secondary education in Peoria with a mass and reception Saturday afternoon.

A mass will be conducted at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, 607 NE Madison Ave., at 4 p.m. Saturday. A catered reception will follow at the Spalding Pastoral Center at 419 NE Madison...

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Glen Oak Park and Power of Play to benefit from Macy's program

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A taste of the judging of the Taste

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With the Taste of Peoria still fresh on the palate, I thought now would be the perfect time to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the food judging that occurs just before the event. I myself am a judge and have been for the past three years. It’s a burden I will continue to shoulder as long as they continue to invite me back to eat free food.

The judging itself takes place in the Gateway Building. Around 50 judges of all sizes, shapes...

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Rated PG: Washington will be back

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At 10 a.m. today (Tuesday, March 4), from my house on the far west side of Washington, I could hear only one thing  ̶  a lone tornado siren blowing somewhere in town. I will admit, there was an eeriness about it.

I heard no other sirens, including the East Peoria siren that is closer to where I lisignsve and is loud enough to wake the comatose. They didn’t...

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Remembering an area sportswriter: 50 years after his Cubs-Cards ‘cusp’

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Jean Wheat of Dunlap recently passed on, a sad reminder of conversations in which she recalled the bittersweet time 50 years ago when her brother, sportswriter Ralph Ray, grappled with being a Cubs fan in St. Louis, then a baseball fan who came to love the Redbirds.

Wheat had reminisced about her brother Ralph, who went from rural west-central Illinois to the top of sports journalism at The Sporting News.

Jean recalled...

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A Furious Rant Fueled by a Furious Cool Book

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"Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him"
David Henry & Joe Henry
Algonquin Books

A Note From Your Humble Author:
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Oh Sweet Lorraine: A Love Song 75 Years in the Writing

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These are the types of stories we live for at The Peorian! Earlier this year, Jacob Colgan and Green Shoe Studios in East Peoria held a contest for aspiring singers/songwriters. While they received many submissions via YouTube (as they requested), the most surprising one came in a very large manila envelope via the mail. It was the entry of 96 year-old Fred Stobaugh.

Fred had just written...

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