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>>Congressman Jackson Undergoing Care For Depression

(Chicago, IL) -- U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Junior is in Minnesota undergoing treatment for bipolar depression. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester confirmed yesterday the Illinois lawmaker is responding well and is regaining his strength. Jackson has come under fire in recent weeks for failing to reveal publicly why he went absent two months ago from his job as an elected official. Jackson allegedly asked his doctors to make the announcement.

>>Dead Female Hitchhiker Identified

(Springfield, IL) -- A female hitchhiker killed along Interstate 72 last week is finally identified by authorities. Thirty-one-year-old Starlett Walton of Springfield died while allegedly trying to get from Jacksonville to Springfield. Walton was struck near mile-marker 85 east of New Berlin. Authorities are still investigating the incident.

>>Urbana Rethinks Plans For Fiber-Optic Network

(Urbana, IL) -- Members of Urbana's city council say they'll review an agreement to install a new fiber-optic network through the region. Officials say they need to address concerns over the plan which would invite a private firm called "Gigabit Squared" to build the high-speed network to serve Urbana, Champaign and Savoy. Council members cautioned about a potential conflict of interest between the firm and a government consultant.

>>Threshing Show Begins Tomorrow In Perry Co.

(Pinckneyville, IL) -- Illinois farmers are gearing up for a popular attraction at the Perry County Fairgrounds. The 53rd annual American Thresherman Association's Steam, Gas and Threshing Show starts tomorrow with a draft horse pull. On Thursday a line of green and red tractors will parade from the fairgrounds into Pinckneyville. The event annually draws several thousand visitors and many camp out to participate in all five days of the show.



The First Christian Church of Pittsfield invites children pre-K to 6th grade to its Vacation Bible School being held July 27th through August 1st from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at the Crossroads Center in Pittsfield. The theme for the week is “Water Works” and revolves around teaching children how God pours out His love for others and how they too can pour out God’s love. To register, call 217-285-4129 or visit

Soccer Sign Ups Are Going On Now!

This session will be held for boys and girls ages 4-18. Children must be 4 by September 1 and no older than 18 by September 1. Games will be played on Sunday afternoons at Pittsfield Lake. There will be a registration fee of $25 for one child, two children $45, three children $65 and four children $85. Cost includes t-shirt. Financial assistance is available.  

E-mail for a registration form or you can also find a registration form on our Facebook page Pike Soccer - Illinois.

The annual Bethel Homecoming will be held Sunday, August 17th at the historic Bethel Church.  A basket dinner will be held at 12:30 to be followed by church/music program at 2:00.  Music will be provided by violinist Meredith Spradlin, a Burlend descendant and the Wade Family, descendants of Josiah Wade.  Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish, table service, and lawn chair.