Wilmington Region

THE HOUND DOG contest returns to the Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor festival on Saturday, May 5, in downtown Wilmington. The one-day event will also feature the Smokey Bear hot air balloon at the Midewin, and the soft opening of The Launching Pad. Free Press file photo
04/24/2018 - 8:12pm
Make Wilmington the first stop on your Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor adventure, because you’ll not want to miss any of the fun that’s rolling out in and around the Island City. The 12th annual Red Carpet Corridor, celebrating historic Route 66, is...

Coal City Region

Courtesy photo COAL CITY FIRE Protection District deputy chief Dale Watson marked a milestone in his career as a first responder and was awarded a 50-year service plaque during the department’s annual awards banquet this month. Watson joined the department in 1967 and was one of the first in the state of Illinois to earn his emergency medical technician license. Today he serves as deputy chief of support services. Watson was recognized with a plaque presented by deputy chief James Seerup, administrative assistant Kristine Moran and fire chief James Sheldon.
04/24/2018 - 7:29pm
    Dale Watson did what most men working in town did, he volunteered to serve on the fire department. Little did he know at the time just how much he would enjoy helping his community.     It was 1967 and Watson was working at Boresi’s Service...

Braidwood Region

04/24/2018 - 6:05pm
Braidwood’s city leaders said they’re inching closer to finally having PACE transportation service in town. Plans to lease a PACE van for regional passenger service are in the next phase of completion – getting the city’s drivers certified and ready...

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