10% of High Five sales 11/22/14 to Community Needs Agency! ... And Stop in at Tim & Shelly's 2nd St. Bar & Grill downtown during the Santa Parade!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Meet Your IVCHS Winter Sports Grey Ghosts!

IVC Varsity Boys Basketball:
 Front Row - Jarom Hutson, Mason Schaub, Matt Keffeler, Jon Stump, Noah Benson, Andrew McMorrow, Taylor Nieukirk. Back Row - Mgr. John Mattingly, Matt ayne, Hunter Fennell, Travis Begner, Jake Rashid, Cam Owdom, and Jordan Mercer.
IVCHS Boys Wresting:
 Front Row (from left to right) - Elijah Repke, Fred Milliman, Jordan Ladd, Mike Meister, Coleman Caruso, Caleb Fritz, and Ethan Sutherland. Middle Row - Coach David Beck, Asst. Coach Tim Ladd, Cooper Howald, Aaron Kircher, Chase Dietrich, Drake Dietrich, Head Coach Matt Russell and Asst. Coach Rick BeardBack Row: Christian Jetton, Parker Clevenger, Douglas Dawson, Max Evans, Riley Beard, Nic Jennings, Nick Norris, Jake Lauber, & Cole Schmeilski.

Call Jeff at 270-4720 today!
IVCHS Girls Varsity Basketball:
Bottom row (from left to right) - Emily Terpstra, Katelyn Heinz, Shayna VanOstrand, Rylie Milliken, Demi Johnson. Back Row: Coach- Martin Pazanin, Erica Larson, London Johnson, Kylie Milliken, Briana Cline, and Madissyn Horack.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AIDS activist John Keets prepared for last journey

BIGGER THAN LIFE: John Keets of Canton, Illinois takes questions from an audience of teenagers in a special MTV telecast from the Canton High School gymnasium circa 1993. He was named Teen Magazine's Extraordinary Teen that year. Photo by Dave Pickel

A RushinRewind ... by Jeff Rushin

   (BLOGGER'S NOTE: God seems to put the right people in your path at just the right time you need them. I was saved by an angel, disguised as a energetic teenager from Canton, Illinois. I had the honor of covering his story as editor of the Daily Ledger in Canton. If John Keets, 20, of Canton had won his battle against AIDS, today would be his 41st birthday.)
   CANTON (IL) -- As John Keets returns to southern California next month, it won't be to deliver funds for AIDS research, to tape a radio or TV show or participate in a fundraiser.
The 20-year-old hemophiliac from Canton, Ill. will return to California for the last time. To visit with some old friends, to see the ocean for the last time, and to just say goodbye.

   "OUR JOURNEY has just begun," Keets told members of the California news media in San Diego on Dec. 10, 1991, after he successfully launched an annual march in his hometown of 12,000.
  A check for $20,000 was presented to the Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif. for its Infectious Disease Research Department and its research of HIV and AIDS. Since that time, the fundraising foundation that he founded has enabled the institute to hire two additional full-time AIDS researchers. 
  That trip was not only the first time for Keets to see the ocean, a dream come true for the then 18-year-old, but it was the first time in a long time he was able to go out in public and not be recognized as 'the boy with AIDS.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

From Peoria County Animal Protection:

Remember to protect pets from the cold
   PEORIA (IL) -- Cold weather has arrived in Central Illinois and Peoria County Animal Protection Services (PCAPS) reminds pet owners that animals, particularly those outdoors, need special care during the winter months.  
·       Outdoor dogs need proper shelter consisting of a structure with four sides, a roof, a floor, and a door covering. The shelter should be small enough to retain the animal’s body heat and large enough for the animal to lie down comfortably. 
·         Provide a windbreak and use wood shavings or straw as bedding. Do not use blankets, rugs, or towels because they retain moisture and will freeze causing more discomfort for the animal.
·         Put your pet inside when the temperature dips below 10ยบ. Even though a dog or cat might survive temperatures that low, they will be extremely uncomfortable.
·         Pets need fresh water available at all times – snow does not count. Give your pet more food because the extra calories help keep it warm. 
·         Be careful of salt used to melt snow; it can irritate your pet’s feet.
·         Be alert to antifreeze spills. Antifreeze tastes sweet and attracts animals but is almost always deadly. 
  City, County, and State laws require that owners provide proper care for their animals. Pet owners will be ticketed or have their animals impounded if they fail to provide proper food, water, shelter, or medical care. If you see an animal suffering in the cold weather, please call PCAPS immediately at 672-2440. 
  For more information, please call Lauren Malmberg, Peoria County Animal Protection Services Director, at 672-2440.

We Did It! Over 1,000 "Likes" on Facebook!

Picket Fence Xmas Open House this weekend

Join Us
for our Christmas Open House
this Saturday and Sunday!
Picket Fence Floral, Gift, & Garden Center
310 N. 4th St. - Rt. 29
Chillicothe, Illinois 61523
Hello friend!  And Merry Christmas...a bit early!  Yes...Christmas is just around the corner and we want to invite you to our Christmas Open House this Saturday November 22nd from 9-4 and Sunday November 23rd from 11-4!

Come on down and enjoy wonderful treats and hot cider along with 20% off most everything on Saturday!  Picket Fence also welcomes the IVC Madrigals and their beautiful voices at 3pm on Saturday.

You will find great gifts, home decor, silk arrangements, fresh greens from the Northwest, flocked trees, memorial wreaths, grave blankets, and much more.  So grab a friend and come on down for a great day of fun!  

The Gang @
Picket Fence Floral, Gift, & Garden Center

Schock introduces resolution for #GivingTuesday

A National Day of Giving and Volunteerism
Congress Unites Across the Aisle to Gather Support and Create Message of Giving
  WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL-18) and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI-2) today introduced H.Res. 761 to recognize #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday, the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving, kicks off the holiday giving season with a global day dedicated to charitable giving and volunteerism, to follow the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  

   THE #GIVINGTUESDAY RESOLUTION, recognizes that philanthropy and charitable giving knows no party divide, as giving has the ability to transcend any differences of political ideologies and has the power to unite people across boundaries. 

   “According to the 2014 Millennial Impact Report, 73 percent of millennials gave to charity in 2013,” said Congressman Schock. “Generosity and philanthropy are important to our generation, and we are rising to do our part as previous generations have done. For some, it’s through financial support of a favorite charity, church, or synagogue.
   FOR OTHERS, it’s through acts of service in their communities, or even through our nation’s most important form of volunteer service in the United States Armed Forces. Whatever the avenue they choose, millennial are wholeheartedly following the great American tradition of giving back and paying it forward.”
   “There are too many things that cause divisions within our communities, but one thing that can bring us together toward a common goal is that of giving to others, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.
  “We should always be looking for opportunities to serve others and give generously of our time and resources to worthy causes. ‘Giving Tuesday’ is a great way to raise awareness of our responsibility to serve others before ourselves, and give back to our communities.  I encourage everyone to embrace these values and the spirit of Giving Tuesday.”
   NOW IN ITS THIRD YEAR, #GivingTuesday is a worldwide movement with over 16,000 U.S.-based partners that celebrates the power of giving in all its forms. Launched by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation in 2012, this worldwide movement harnesses the power of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities and celebrates the power of giving in all its forms.
   This resolution was co-sponsored by Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Todd Young (R-IN), Juan Vargas (D-CA) and Cheri Bustos (D-IL).
  For more information, including background, partner information, tools, and updates, please visit

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Veterans Memorial Park:

REMEMBERING THOSE WHO SACRIFICED FOR US: More information on new Veterans Memorial Park @Santa Fe Ave. and Chestnut St. as it becomes available right here on

Fedora's Pizza & Deli in downtown Chillicothe:

 'A Hometown Favorite' 
Chillicothe Blogger's ADVERTISER OF THE WEEK:
Fedora's Pizza Deli is a staple in downtown Chillicothe, IL
Story courtesy of Senior News & Views
   As most people advance in age, retirement becomes a greater and greater concern. This not seem to be the case for Paul Khourisader, owner of Fedora's Pizza Deli, Inc. When asked about rumors he was looking to sell, he replied, "I'm a businessman, if the right deal comes along, yes, I will take it, but if not.." He smiles and shrugs unconcernedly, as only a content man can.
   Paul smiles a lot for good reason. Since coming to central Illinois in 1986 to help run his brother's fledgling restaurant near the Bradley campus, he has taken over the business, created a unique menu, and garnered a loyal fan base. He also loves his boss. "In this business, the customer -- everyone -- is your boss." When discussing his customers, Paul's face lights up. He knows them, he remembers their names, and he can tell you what they order -- and there are a lot of them. Kevin Bacon has nothing on Paul when it comes to the 6 degrees of separation. IF you don't know him, you know someone who does, and he can probably tell you what they like on their pizza.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Celebrate, Shop Chillicothe this Holiday:

   PEORIA COUNTY (IL) -- For Thanksgiving weekend, Peoria County and the City of Peoria are launching their collaborative new buy local campaign that encourages people to "Live & Shop Peoria County" and "Live & Shop Peoria."
   With the assistance of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, over forty local businesses are sponsoring the Thanksgiving campaign by donating a $25.00 gift card and offering Small Business specials on Gift card packages of $100 will be awarded to Peoria County (and City) residents who shop any business in Peoria County.
  To enter to win, residents must post a photo of themselves shopping at a Peoria County business over Thanksgiving weekend on their personal Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram page with the name of the business and the hashtag #LiveShopPeoriaCounty

UPDATE: missing 26-year-old male located

BREAKING: Chillicothe Police have reportedly found the missing Chillicothe man reported earlier today. A special thank you for all of those who helped in the search! More later as details become available at: or on Facebook at:

Washington, Tazewell County remember tornadoes

Area lawmakers honor one-year
 anniversary of Illinois tornado tragedy
Schock orders flags flown over U.S. Capitol to honor affected
Schock marks the 1-year anniversary of the twister that
 struck the 18th District, as well as other Illinois communities.
  WASHINGTON -- Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL-18th) and Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL-15th) released the following statements on the one year anniversary of a series of deadly storms in Illinois. A total of 73 tornadoes were confirmed throughout the Midwest on November 17, 2013, claiming eight lives and inflicting much of their damage on areas represented by Congressmen Shimkus and Schock.
  “The morning the tornadoes struck, I left church to go immediately to the disaster zone.  When I arrived, people were still climbing out of the rubble, and helping loved ones get to safety,” Schock said. “Our first responders in the 18th District did an amazing job, as fireman, police, emergency personnel and volunteers worked to help families who had lost everything.”