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Museum plans encampment

HEYWORTH — The Simpkins Military History Museum will host a living history encampment May 21 to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

The encampment will include Union and Confederate soldiers, a civilian camp and reproduction cannon. There will be talks and demonstrations of camp life. The camps will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to the public for pictures and questions.

Forty historical flags will be on display outside, weather permitting. Inside the museum is a display of original Civil War artifacts.

The museum is located across from the elementary school in Heyworth. For information, call 309-473-3989.

Ill. Wesleyan names director

BLOOMINGTON — Illinois Wesleyan University has named Colin Stewart as director of student activities and leadership programs, effective July 11.

Stewart currently is assistant director of student life at Franklin College Switzerland, Lugano, Switzerland.

His new duties include oversight of student activities at Hansen Student Center and the new Titan Leadership Program.

He has degrees from Central Washington University and Seattle (Wash.) University.

University High names royalty

NORMAL — University High School’s prom was Saturday at the Bowling & Billiard Center at Illinois State University.

Kelsey Larson, daughter of John and Peggy Larson of Normal, was named queen. George Seelinger, son of George Seelinger and Roberta Trites, both of Bloomington, was named king.

Meeting, tasting scheduled

BLOOMINGTON — West Bloomington Revitalization Project will have “A Taste of The West” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 13 at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church. The group’s annual meeting will be at 7 p.m.

Summer camp to begin in June

STREATOR — The first summer day camp session, sponsored by Streator Community Center, will begin June 20.

The daily camp is for third- through eighth-grade children. Cost is $125 per week, or $400 for four weeks. Camps are restricted to 12 children.

Call 815-672-3600. Each 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. session will begin at the center, 202 S. Vermilion St.

Brownie troop aids local society

BLOOMINGTON — Brownie Troop 1222 is using a portion of its cookie sales money to make a $100 contribution to the Humane Society of Central Illinois.

The troop, which has 15 girls in the third grade from Metcalf and Stevenson schools, also is collecting and donating supplies to the Humane Society.

Registration for reading begins

BLOOMINGTON — Registration for Bloomington Public Library’s summer reading program will be May 31 to July 17 at the library, at www.Bloomington or at any Bookmobile stop.

Age groups are for kids, teens and adults. Prizes will be awarded to those who finish the program.

Detailed information about programs is at www.Bloomington

Mother’s Day gifts to help fund

 BLOOMINGTON — Individuals may make a contribution for Mother’s Day to the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation’s Women to Women Fund.

The fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations for projects that improve the lives of local women and their children. The foundation has Mother’s Day cards to send to recipients notifying them that they have been honored by a gift to the fund.

A minimum $10 donation per card is requested. Call 309-662-4477 or email kdavis@

Oakland closed for work

BLOOMINGTON — Eastbound Oakland Avenue, starting at Gridley Street, will be closed for pavement repairs until further notice.

Setting it right


Tax sale — The tax sale for delinquent property taxes in McLean County will be Nov. 1. The date was wrong in Saturday’s and Tuesday’s Pantagraph.

Team omitted -- The Heyworth High School boys track team scored 56 points to place fourth in Tuesday's McLean County/Heart of Illinois Conference Meet. Heyworth was inadvertently omitted from the team standings.


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