Mark Your Calendar
July 11 - 16 Knox County Fair at Knox County Fairgrounds. Available everyday are antique tractor displays, new tractor displays, farm equipment displays, petting zoo, and entertainment in the family pavilion.
Harness Races 5 p.m.
Judging of Textiles, Fine Arts, Junior Textiles, Junior Fine Arts, Floriculture, Junior Floriculture, Culinary, Junior Culinary, Horticulture, Agriculture Products, Junior Gardener Vegetables, and Junior Goat Show 9 a.m.
Judging of Open Goat Show, Junior Breeding Ewe and Lamb, Junior Market Lamb Show, Open Breeding and Ewe Lamb, and Market Lamb 5:30 p.m.
Bake Sale Auction 5:30 p.m.
Hot Laps 6:30 p.m.
Hart Heartland Auto Racing Tour 7 p.m.
Judging of Poultry Show 10 a.m.
Judging of Rabbit Show 1 p.m.
Judging of Flower Arrangements 6:30 p.m.
Jim Smith Memorial Tractor and Truck Pulls with Illiana Mini Rods 6:30 p.m.
Judging of Junior Barrow, Market Barrow, and Gilt Show 10 a.m.
Josh Turner and Joe Nichols 7 p.m.
Judging of Junior Beef Breeding Cattle Show and Jr. Steer Show 10 a.m.
Figure Eight Races by Robbos Extreme Derby Promotions 6:30 p.m.
Judging of Open Beef Breeding Cattle Show and Open Beef Steer Show 9 a.m.
Wyffles Corndog Car Cruise In
Kids Power Wheels Demo 4:30 p.m.
Demo Derby by Robbos Extreme Derby Promotions 5:30 p.m
On June 24 the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Illinois Primary Results
Democrat: JB Pritzker
Republican: Darren Bailey
Democrat: Tammy Duckworth
Republican: Kathy Salvi
Democrat: Thomas DeVore
Republican: Kwame Raoul
Secretary of State
Democrat: Alexi Giannoulias
Republican: Dan Brady
Democrat: Eric Sorensen
Republican: Esther Joy King
Democrat: Christopher Demink
Republican: Dan Swanson
Democrat: Michael Halpin
Republican: Mike Thomas
Democrat: Susana Mendoza
Republican: Shannon Teresi
Democrat: Michael Frerichs
Republican: Tom Demmer
Knox County Sheriff
Democrat: James Robertson
Republican: Jack Harlan
Independent: Zac Cox
Ninth Judicial Circuit
Democrat: Dave Hansen
Republican: Kenneth Hogan
On June 24 Governor Pritzker called for a special session for reproductive health rights.
“In Illinois, we trust women. Despite the action of the Supreme Court today overturning Roe v. Wade, the right to safe, accessible reproductive health care is in full force in Illinois and will remain so. In Illinois, we’ve planned for this terrible day, an enormous step backward and a shattering loss of rights. We passed the Reproductive Health Act, enshrining choice as the law of the land in Illinois. We removed the trigger law that would have prohibited abortion in Illinois with the overturning of Roe v. Wade. We expanded health care so that finances are not a barrier to receiving reproductive care. In Illinois, we are a state committed to expanding access to reproductive health care including abortion care, contraceptive access, fertility treatment, and gender affirming care. We’ve made it clear that we trust people to make the best decisions for themselves about their own reproductive health. In Illinois, we will hold firm to these rights and continue to work with stakeholders to expand them. To that end, I am calling the General Assembly into special session in the coming weeks, with the support and consultation of House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch and Senate President Don Harmon. Together, we are committed to taking swift action to further enshrine our commitment to reproductive health care rights and protections.”
Knox County Health Department
The Knox County Health Department is following the IDPH, Food and Drug Administration’s, and CDC’s recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines.
Primary and First Booster Shots
· The Pfizer COVID-19 infant vaccine is authorized for 6 months of age through 4 years, with a series of three doses, the first two are given three weeks apart and the third dose administered at least eight weeks after the second dose.
· The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for adolescents 5 years and older and is recommended to get a first booster shot at least five months after completing the primary vaccine series.
· The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for anyone 6 months of age through 17 years, with a series of two doses given four weeks apart.
· The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for anyone 18 years and older and recommended to get a first booster shot at least five months after completing the primary vaccine series.
Second Booster Shots
· Second Booster shots of Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for individuals aged 50 and older at least 4 months after the initial booster vaccine.
Second Booster shots of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for Children and teens ages 12-17 years who are moderately or severely immunocompromised at least 4 months after initial booster vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccines are widely available, each clinic offers primary series, additional doses first boosters and second boosters of Moderna for adults 18 and up and Pfizer boosters for those 5 years and up. Pfizer primary, pediatric and adolescent series is available to those 5 years of age and up.
The Health Department Vaccine Clinic will be administering the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for all ages. Individuals under the age of 18 are required to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. A parental consent must be signed before the vaccine can be administered. Registration is preferred, but walk-ins will be accepted upon the availability of vaccine. Registration links can be found at www.knoxcountyhealth.org Walk-ins are welcome.
Credible sources for information about COVID-19 include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov. and Illinois Department of Public Health www.dph.illinois.gov. For general questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call your Knox County Health Department at 309-344-2224 or email email@example.com.
City of Galesburg
Galesburg was recently listed among the best small cities in America according to loan connnection service, Pheabs. The company looked at over 1,200 cities with less than 80,000 residents and compiled data from the U.S. Census. They considered a number of factors in their scoring including affordability, economic health, and quality of life. Galesburg ranked number 18 in the list. On a scale of 0 to 100 Galesburg scored a 73.
Carl Sandburg College
Carl Sandburg College recently donated a Firearm Training Simulator (FATS) system to the Galesburg Police Department to use for officer training and development.
Sandburg had previously acquired the FATS system but did not have a long-term need for it after receiving a $100,000 Innovative Bridge and Transitions grant earlier this year from the Illinois Community College Board that led to the purchase of a state-of-the-art Apex Officer Pro Training Simulator system.
Dr. Christopher Barber, coordinator of Sandburg’s criminal justice program, offered to donate the FATS system free of charge to the Galesburg Police Department so that its officers would have the opportunity to use the virtual reality training device.
“For years, the GPD has been a great supporter of our program, our students and our alumni,” Barber said. “After we received our new simulator, we had less of a need to keep the FATS system for our program. It seemed like the right and easy decision to offer it to the GPD to assist its officers in their training while saving money for the city.”
Bridgeway’s Discover Wellness Summit is back and better than ever! Friday, September 23rd , Bridgeway is hosting the Discover Wellness Summit at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg. This event features two renowned keynote speakers. First is Kate Fagan, #1 New York Times best-selling author of What Made Maddy Run, Emmy award-winning journalist for ESPN’s Sports Illustrated, former columnist and feature writer for espnW, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine, and former panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn and host of Outside the Lines.
The second keynote speaker is Ben Nemtin, Executive Producer and star of MTV’s The Buried Life, #1 New York Times best-selling author of What Do You Want To Do Before You Die, and third-ranked best motivational speaker in the world for 2022 by Global Gurus.
But that’s not all- The Discover Wellness Summit also features over 30 breakout speakers about wellness- from healthy relationships to health and fitness, participants are bound to find breakout sessions that speak to them. There is also a wellness fair that will feature a variety of community resource tables.
This event is FREE to attend and includes a boxed lunch and a T-shirt. Register now- these tickets will go fast! Registration for Discover Wellness Summit is live: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discover-wellness-summit-2022-tickets-328123695807.
This is an event you won’t want to miss- FREE attendance to two of the best speakers the Galesburg area has ever seen, free boxed lunch, a free T-shirt and welcome bag, and a free opportunity to celebrate wellness!
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hispanic Latino Resource Group
The Hispanic Latino Resource Group, Inc. awarded five scholarships of five hundred dollars each to graduates of Hispanic descent of Galesburg High School.
The Adam Perez Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Cela Lopez, daughter of Risa & Manuel Lopez III. She will attend Washington University. Azaria Medina-Foshay, who received the Erica Hunter Memorial Scholarship, will attend Carl Sandburg College. She is the daughter of Lisa Medina-Foshay and Steven Foshay. The Jason Maulden Memorial Scholarship was awarded to
Damian Thomas, son of Kimberly Guerrero. Damian will attend the University of Illinois Aerospace Engineering Program. Nayana Medina-Foshay, daughter of Lisa Medina-Foshay and Steven Foshay received the Davis Camp Memorial Scholarship. She will attend Carl Sandburg College.
The Juan Davila Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Joshue Barrera, son of Beatriz Ramirez. Joshue will attend Carl Sandburg College. A John Higareda Community Memorial Award of $150.00 was presented to “It’s A Bear Necessity” Relay For Life team. John was active in the Hispanic Latino Resource Group for many years. His four daughters, in memory of
their mother, Hortense Higareda, who died of lung cancer in 1995, formed the team 19 years ago and have raised $112,600 for the American Cancer Society.
The group donated $100.00 to the Galesburg Public Library Foundation in honor of the Mexican Community in Galesburg. HLRG began in 1997 and has awarded $37,660.00 in scholarships and $6,935.00 in community awards since 2002. Current officers are Irene Ponce, president, Margo Davila, secretary, and Trish Johnson, treasurer. Donations for scholarships are still being accepted and can be mailed to HLRG, %Margo Davila, 1566 S. Seminary St., Galesburg, IL 61401.
On June 18 Tres Cafe hosted a fundraiser for 12U Knox County Crush Softball to help pay for State. They raised $5,000.
United Way of Knox County
Congratulations to United Way of Knox County’s Board President, Carol Hagan, for being honored as Galesburg Noon Lions Club’s Lion of the Year.
The Galesburg Pizza Ranch is now under construction to build a new FunZone Arcade. They have broken ground and are adding on to the building to bring the most fun and exciting arcade games and the best prizes. There will be birthday party packages available once construction is complete. The restaurant will stay open through the entire process.
On June 27 an Amtrak train with over 250 people on board heading for Illinois derailed in Missouri injuring over 50 people and killing at least three.
Riverbend Food Bank
The new Galesburg Riverbend Food Bank branch is expected to open in early September. The 13,400 square foot facility comes with 4,600 square feet of freezer space.
Galesburg Hospitals’ Ambulance Service
The Galesburg Hospitals’ Ambulance Service is offering an EMT certification course fall 2022. Classes will be held in the classroom at the GHAS office at 2175 Windish Drive in Galesburg. Class times will be Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. starting September 4 and ending December 21. All resources and materials for the class will be provided and are included in the class fee. Successful completion of this course will have prepared attendees for taking the National Registry exam to obtain EMT licensure. All attendees will be required to pass a background check and drug screen. The background check fee is included in the cost of the class. The fee for the class is $1,000. Call Richie Springer at 342-5144 ext 227 for more information.
The city of Galesburg has approved an agreement to sell 2.96 acres of land to be developed into a new outpatient clinic for the Department of Veteran Affairs. The proposed site is located on West Carl Sandburg Drive, in a vacant lot west of the Sherwin Paint store at 2246 Promenade Ct.