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Maine police: Illinois man made up abduction story
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:01:00 -0700

Police say an Illinois man who took a bus to Maine to meet a woman he met playing an online game concocted a story about being abducted to gain the woman's sympathy.Police say 30-year-old Randolph Patriakeas, of Pana, Illinois, was discovered lying face down on a Waterville street at about 3:30 a.m. Monday. He was blindfolded and had scratches on his upper body.

Police: Man made up abduction story for woman's sympathy
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:27:37 -0700

Police say an Illinois man who took a bus to Maine to meet a woman he met playing an online game concocted a story about being abducted to gain the woman's sympathy.

COPS celebrates 10th annual bike ride
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:15:04 -0700

WAVERLY — Terry McMillen wrote his son's badge number on his calf before he began his annual bike ride across Illinois. That way, the fallen police officer could stay with him with every push of the pedals.Illinois State Police Trooper Brian McMillen was killed by a drunken driver on Oct. 28, 2007, while on duty for state police District 9. The trooper left his parents and 10 siblings behind ...

Movement and music therapy finds a home in Pana
Sat, 05 Jul 2014 16:38:40 -0700

PANA — Erica Matthews still remembers the first four-word conversation she had with Connor Taylor. She asked, “Where’s mom?” He said, “She’s upstairs.”

Exchange Students Experience Small Town Life
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 13:02:20 -0700

PANA-It's becoming a tradition in town, celebrating the fourth of July with Millikin University's foreign exchange students. Friday in Pana, French exchange students took to the soccer field to play with Americans. The students are staying in town with families for 3 days and two nights to gain experience of small town life and to experience independence day in Central Illinois. Jackie Metzger ...

Owners consider closing doors at the end of The Barn's season
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0700

PANA — It was 16 years ago when Joanne Clark felt called by God to create The Barn, a renovated home for gospel music based on the outskirts of the small city of Pana. Along with her husband Bob and friends Judy and Joel Smith, Clark poured countless hours into transforming a formerly unused structure into one of the best little concert halls in Central Illinois. And now, she’s felt another ...

Project 29 scheduled for completion by fall 2015
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:51:58 -0700

EDINBURG — A crash on Illinois 29 in 1992 cut Melody Traughber's life short, but her legacy has been anything but brief.

T-storms in forecast for Monday afternoon
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:32:00 -0700

BLOOMINGTON — Scattered thunderstorms are expected to return Monday afternoon, but forecasters with the National Weather Service in Lincoln say the threat of severe storms is small.

MoCo Rush fourth in state
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:58:34 -0700

The Moultie County Rush 18-and-under softball team finished fourth in the NSA Class B state tournament. The team consists of front row - Liz Inman, Sullivan; Haley Cooley, Charleston; and Whit…

Maxwell Set For Senior Season
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:31:06 -0700

Haley Maxwell, the daughter of Rodney and Shirley Maxwell of Windsor, a 4-year letter-winner and team leader at Windsor High School, is preparing for her senior season playing right side hitter in volleyball at the University of Illinois-Springfield