August 2022

The process of demolishing the historic, but structurally unsound, Hale Memorial Church, 401 W. High Street, began Friday, August 5, 2022 in Peoria. Workers with Peoria-based JIMAX demolition started work on removing the structure’s chimney and bell tower.

FOOTBALL PRACTICE – Pekin Community High School football players work on their tackling skills on the official opening day of high school football practice Monday, Aug. 8, 2022 across central Illinois.
FOOTBALL PRACTICE – Dunlap High School receivers kick up black rubber beads as they practice their foot work on the official opening day of high school football practice Monday, Aug. 8, 2022 throughout central Illinois.
FOOTBALL PRACTICE – A Morton receiver snags a one-handed reception during practice Monday, Aug. 8, 2022 at Morton High School. Monday marked the official opening day of high school football across central Illinois.
FOOTBALL PRACTICE – Linemen go toe-to-toe during a drill on the first official day of high school football practice Monday, Aug. 8, 2022 at Dunlap High School.

UMP CLINIC – Umpires gather under a tree in a sudden downpour during an umpiring clinic Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022 at Illinois Central College in East Peoria.
UMP CLINIC – Veteran umpires Zo Evans, far right, Pete McGinnes, left, and Don King, background explain how to cover a play at the plate during a clinic Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022 at Illinois Central College in East Peoria. The clinic helped both new and veteran umpires expand and improve their skills on the diamond.
UMP CLINIC – Young umpires Dylan Poulsen, third from right, a senior at Limestone High School, Ryan Russell, fourth from right, a recent Metamora graduate, and Noah Markunas, fifth from right, a Washington graduate, join other umpires at a clinic Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022 at Illinois Central College in East Peoria.
UMP CLINIC – Veteran umpires Zo Evans, left, and Dave Owen, middle, give new umpire Ryan Russell some on-field advice during a baseball scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022 at Illinois Central College in East Peoria.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS GOLF – Richwoods senior Maggie Ulrich watches the ball head towards the cup during a match against Peoria Notre Dame and East Peoria on Monday, Aug. 22, 2022 at Kellogg Golf Course in Peoria.
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS GOLF – Peoria Notre Dame junior Ella Coulter tees off during a match against Richwoods and East Peoria on Monday, Aug. 22, 2022 at Kellogg Golf Course in Peoria.

HALE MEMORIAL – East Peoria attorney Clay Moushon, left, and Greg Birkland, president and CEO of the KDB Group, take a look around the partially demolished interior of the historic Hale Memorial Church on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022 at the corner of Main and High streets in Peoria.
HALE MEMORIAL – Exposed rafters hang above the balcony inside the partially demolished Hale Memorial Church on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022 in Peoria.
HALE MEMORIAL – East Peoria attorney Clay Moushon, left, and Greg Birkland, president and CEO of the KDB Group, take a look around the partially demolished interior of the historic Hale Memorial Church on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022 at the corner of Main and High streets in Peoria.
HALE MEMORIAL – East Peoria attorney Clay Moushon, left, and Greg Birkland, president and CEO of the KDB Group, inspect the rafters inside the partially demolished Hale Memorial Church on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022 at the corner of Main and High streets in Peoria.
HALE MEMORIAL – Demolition has begun in earnest on the historic Hale Memorial Church on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022 at the corner of Main and High streets in Peoria.

FOOTBALL OPENER – The Peoria High Lions take the field for their season-opening football game against Metamora on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022 at Peoria Stadium.
FOOTBALL OPENER – Metamora’s Kam Davis (4) stiff-arms Peoria High’s Kenny Rutherford in the first half of their season opener Friday, August 26, 2022 at Peoria Stadium.
FOOTBALL OPENER – Peoria High’s Malachi Washington, right, and Travanti Brown embrace after a touchdown against Metamora in the first half Friday, Aug. 26, 2022 at Peoria Stadium.
FOOTBALL OPENER – The Metamora football team runs back to their buses after a large fight and false reports of gunshots prompted an evacuation Friday, Aug. 26, 2022 at Peoria Stadium. Their game with Peoria High will be finished Saturday night.
FOOTBALL OPENER – Fans flee Peoria Stadium after a large fight and false reports of gunshots forced the evacuation of the venue and postponement of the football game Friday, Aug. 26, 2022 between Peoria High and Metamora until Saturday night.
FOOTBALL OPENER – Peoria police officers with pepper ball guns keep watch from atop Peoria Stadium after a large fight Friday, Aug. 26, 2022 during the first half of the season-opening football game between Metamora and Peoria High.

FOOTBALL OPENER – Bloomington quarterback Marcus Griffin stiff arms Richwoods’ Buddy Jackson in the second half Friday, Aug. 26, 2022 at Endres Field.
FOOTBALL OPENER – Richwoods running back Cory Wysinger (5) laments the Knights close 28-26 season-opening loss to the Bloomington Raiders on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022 at Endres Field.

HALE CHURCH DEMOLITION – An excavator pulls out the remains of Hale Memorial Church on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022 at the corner of Main and High streets in Peoria. The remainder of the partially-demolished structure was knocked down Friday.
HALE CHURCH DEMOLITION – The remains of the demolished Hale Memorial Church can be seen from the front porch of the house next door Monday, Aug. 29, 2022 on High Street in Peoria.

WASHINGTON VS. METAMORA – Washington’s Mitch Coughlon (15) tries to get the ball past Metamora goaltender Dylan McGrane in the first half Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2022 at Babcook Field in Washington. McGrane successfully prevented a goal on the play.
WASHINGTON VS. METAMORA – Washington’s Ashton Miller, left, and Metamora’s Alex Cullen head the ball in the first half Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022 at Babcook Field in Washington.

CHILLICOTHE VS. LIMESTONE – Limestone’s Anaya Seldal (11) and Alayna Rudebeck psych each other up before the start of their volleyball match against IVC on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022 in Chillicothe.
CHILLICOTHE VS. LIMESTONE – The “Boo Crew” greets IVC volleyball player Olivia Thompson during player introductions before the start of their match against Limestone on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022 in Chillicothe.
CHILLICOTHE VS. LIMESTONE – IVC’s Kenna Wollard puts the ball between Limestone’s Ella Karmenzind, far left, and Phoebe Sewell during their volleyball match Wednesay, Aug. 31, 2022 in Chillicothe.
CHILLICOTHE VS. LIMESTONE – The Limestone bench reacts after the Rockets scored the match point in the second set to defeat the IVC Grey Ghosts in straight sets, both 25-22, on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022 in Chillicothe.

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