August 2020

Karen Martos’ rare six-leaf clover sits in a small box Monday, Aug. 3 at her home in Morton. Martos has made a habit of looking for the elusive four-leaf clovers whenever possible, but Monday she came across one even more unusual in a small patch in her backyard.
Peoria County Crime Scene Unit investigator Brian Groper takes photos as a wrecked vehicle is towed out of a wooded area Monday, Aug. 3 off Airport Rd. south of the intersection with Detrich Lane near Bartonville. A woman in her 40s was killed and two others critically injured in the single-vehicle accident.
A Northern water snake slithers through the lily pads Wednesday, Aug. 5 in the lagoon at Charter Oak Park off Orange-Prairie Road in Peoria. Non-venomous water snakes are sometimes confused with highly-venomous water moccasins which have been known to frequent far southern Illinois. Water snakes typically feed on frogs, toads, salamanders and fish.
Nylaine Smith, left, and Cole Hardin, both 4, are separated by a homemade barrier and lots of plastic sheeting as they work in teacher Mary Keltner’s classroom Thursday, Aug. 6 at Valeska-Hinton Early Childhood Education Center, 800 W. Romeo B. Garrett Avenue in Peoria. The school was the first in the Peoria area to resume classes with heavy COVID-19 restrictions.
Chuck Riggert of Metamora backs his son Will’s 1981 DeLorean into a parking spot Sunday, Aug. 9, during the monthly Hot Rods & Hamburgers cruise-in on the square in Metamora. Will, 15, is an avid fan of the “Back to the Future” movie trilogy and has owned the car for about two years.

FIRE DESTROYS BUILDINGS IN RURAL MINIER – Firefighters gather around to inspect damage done to an apartment building and storage warehouse after an overnight fire Monday, Aug. 10, at 118 S. Main in downtown Minier. The fire began at about 1:45 a.m. in the warehouse and quickly spread to the three-story building which housed twelve apartments. A dozen fire departments battled the blaze, which was under control by about 8 a.m.

A group of local activists plant “tombstones” Monday, Aug. 10, in front of the Peoria Public Schools administration building, 3202 N. Wisconsin Avenue, in protest of the impending coronavirus-affected opening of the district to students and teachers.

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