Today in Morton - Feb. 10

Nathan Domenighini
Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Andy Studebaker signed autographs at Bob Grimm Chevrolet in Morton Saturday morning. Studebaker is a native of Eureka. He signed autographs to support the Woodford County Heartline and Heart House.

Brief update

Updates will be slim today as we produce this week's publication. If I receive anything of utmost importance, rest assured, I will have it here first.

In this week's publication, we are focusing on the efforts of the new program coordinator at the chamber, the Pumpkin Festival theme and the fire department grant.

We have put together an editorial that will be an important read for all Mortonites.

Also in this week's paper, our True Romance special feature. This feature will focus on fairy-tale love stories that have lasted through the years ... what a perfect way to prepare for Valentine's Day, which, by the way, I just realized is several days away!

KC Chiefs' player signs autographs in Morton

I have uploaded photos from the autograph signing at Bob Grimm Chevrolet Saturday. Andy Studebaker, a defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs and Eureka native, was at the car dealership from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Click here to view the photos

Winter Concert Series video clips

Let your legislators hear you!

Now is the time to take advantage of opportunities such as this one I received in an e-mail today:

"Area Chambers of Commerce have teamed up to bring local Senators, Representatives and City Council Candidates to you. The 23rd annual Heart of Illinois Legislative Reception is your chance to communicate this regions needs and concerns to our elected officials on issues that impact our businesses.

The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce along with chambers from Canton, Chillicothe, East Peoria, Limestone, Morton, Pekin, and Washington invite you to the event Monday, February 23rd at the Par-A-Dice hotel in East Peoria from 5-7pm. It is sponsored by Hanson Professional Services and Architectural Design Group."

Expected to attend are:

Rep. David Leitch (R-73rd District)

Sen. Dale Risinger (R-37th District)

Rep. Jehan Gordon (D-92nd District)

Sen. David Koehler (D-46th District)

Sen. Dan Rutherford (R-53rd District)

Poll results

It seems most of you are in between on this year's Pumpkin Festival theme. I have to say, I kind of expected this response. Myself, I can't stand the days that ensue after Thanksgiving. Who knows how I will handle thinking about Christmas in September!?

But, that is the theme, now I am curious what it is going to be all about and how the festival can tie this in. I don't believe pumpkins exist during Christmastime.

Here are the results: