September 2022

MORTON VS. RICHWOODS – Morton’s Conner Hines (9) and his teammates celebrate his fumble return for a touchdown against Richwoods in the second half Friday, Sept. 2, 2022 in Morton.
MORTON VS. RICHWOODS – Morton cheerleaders pump up the crowd as the Potters battle the Richwoods Knights in the second half Friday, Sept. 2, 2022 in Morton.
MORTON VS. RICHWOODS – Morton tacklers swarm Richwoods’ David Webster in the second half Friday, Sept. 2, 2022 in Morton.
MORTON VS. RICHWOODS – A member of the Morton Marching Potters color guard performs in front of a section of horns during their halftime performance Friday, Sept. 2, 2022 in Morton.

TREMONT VS. EUREKA – Eureka’s John McDonald (5) snags a pass for a touchdown against Tremont in the second quarter Friday, Sept. 2, 2022 in Tremont.
TREMONT VS. EUREKA – Eureka’s Camron Manning, left, gets past Tremont’s Riley Miller for a touchdown in the first half Friday, Sept 2, 2022 in Tremont.
TREMONT VS. EUREKA – Officials rest outside the concession stand at halftime of a game between the Tremont Turks and the Eureka Hornets on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022 in Tremont.

Greg Birkland, President and CEO of KDB Group, left, takes a closer look as he and James Kosner, President of JIMAX Demolition, inspect a time capsule discovered during the demolition of Hale Memorial Church at Main and High streets in Peoria.

WASHINGTON VS. METAMORA – Metamora Redbirds fans sporting cowboy hats cheer on the Redbirds volleyball team as they battle the Washington Panthers on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 in Washington. The Redbirds defeated the Panthers in straight sets, 25-12 and 25-18.
WASHINGTON VS. METAMORA – Metamora’s Esma Frieden (8) spikes the ball between Washington’s Sam Puent (16) and Grace Scrivner in the second set Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 in Washington. The Redbirds defeated the Panthers in straight sets, 25-12 and 25-18.
WASHINGTON VS. METAMORA – Washington’s Teriana Davis returns a serve from Metamora in the first set Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 in Washington. The Redbirds defeated the Panthers in straight sets, 25-12 and 25-18.

CxT Roasting Company has teamed up with Radish Kitchen in Campustown to offer vegan, gluten-free cupcakes, donuts and other baked sweets to coffee lovers at Keller Station. Shown is a CxT mocha latté and a Radish Kitchen chocolate coffee cupcake.

EAST PEORIA VS. LIMESTONE – East Peoria fans in the student section try to catch small plastic footballs thrown by cheerleaders during a break in the action against Limestone in the first half Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 in East Peoria.
EAST PEORIA VS. LIMESTONE – Keimon Lee (7) and the East Peoria defense force a fumble from Limestone running back Izzy Aguilar-Nunez in the first quarter Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 at Clatt Field in East Peoria. The Raiders shot down the Rockets 30-22.
EAST PEORIA VS. LIMESTONE – Limestone’s Kenyon Johnson (7) can’t quite haul in a long pass as East Peoria’s Aidin Hindert pursues in the first half Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 in East Peoria.
EAST PEORIA VS. LIMESTONE – Members of the East Peoria Marching Raiders perform before the start of a game against Limestone on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 at Clatt Field in East Peoria.

WASHINGTON VS. METAMORA – Washington’s Carter Prina (85) blocks a punt by Metamora’s Kaden Hartnett in the third period Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 at Babcock Field in Washington. Prina recovered the ball for a touchdown. The Panthers went on to defeat the Redbirds 44-22.
WASHINGTON VS. METAMORA – Washington students wave an American flag and a Washington Panthers flag as their team battles rival Metamora on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 at Babcock Field in Washington.
WASHINGTON VS. METAMORA – A pair of Metamora defenders try to stop Washington’s Jase Harlan at the goal line in the second half Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 at Babcock Field in Washington. Harlan scored on the play.
WASHINGTON VS. METAMORA – The Washington Panthers jump the fence to climb up the stands to celebrate with their fans after defeating rival Metamora 44-22 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 at Babcock Field in Washington.

UNIFIED FIELD DAY – Charlie Smith, a junior at Washington Community High School, dances his heart out during a dance party on Babcook Field to end the Mid-Illini Unified PE Field Day on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022 in Washington. About 200 special needs students and their aides from across the Mid-Illini Conference played games, ran a balloon relay race and danced on the field for the inaugural event.
UNIFIED FIELD DAY – Metamora freshman Angel Vasquez has a laugh as he balances a rubber chicken during the rubber chicken relay race
UNIFIED FIELD DAY – The Washington Community High School panther looks out over Babcook Field as dozens of special needs students and their aides rotate through a series of field day activities Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022 during the Mid-Illini Unified PE Field Day in Washington.

PEKIN VS. WASHINGTON – Pekin kicker Mylee Hansen, left, pulls down Washington ballcarrier Jacob Walker late on a punt return late in the second half Friday, Sept. 16, 2022 at Memorial Stadium in Pekin.
PEKIN VS. WASHINGTON – Pekin fans shout with enthusiasm as the Dragons battle the Washington Panthers in the second half Friday, Sept. 16, 2022 at Memorial Stadium in Pekin.
PEKIN VS. WASHINGTON – The Pekin Dragons swarm head coach Doug Nutter after their 49-28 victory over the Washington Panthers on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022 at Memorial Stadium in Pekin.

PEORIA NOTRE DAME VS. RICHWOODS – The Richwoods defense brings down Peoria Notre Dame’s Liam Ludolph in the first half Friday, Sept. 16, 2022 at Dozer Park.
PEORIA NOTRE DAME VS. RICHWOODS – A Peoria Notre Dame fan takes a group selfie in the student section as the Irish battle Richwoods in the first half Friday, Sept. 16, 2022 at Dozer Park.
PEORIA NOTRE DAME VS. RICHWOODS – A group of young fans play football on the lawn in right field as the Peoria Notre Dame Irish battle the Richwoods Knights in the first half Friday, Sept. 16, 2022 at Dozer Park.

TIME CAPSULE – Decked out in goggles, gloves and a protective mask, Greg Birkland of the KDB Group cuts through the lid of the Hale Memorial Church time capsule Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Peoria.
TIME CAPSULE – Paper conservator Ana Lyra reacts to the contents of the Hale Memorial Church time capsule after removing the lid Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Peoria.
TIME CAPSULE – A newspaper from October 1900 tops a pile of artifacts inside a time capsule opened Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Peoria. The time capsule was found in the recently razed Hale Memorial Church at Main and High streets and dates back to 1868 when the original church was founded.
TIME CAPSULE – Members of the audience come up on stage for a closer look at the time capsule opened up Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at Hale Memorial Church in Peoria.

GHOST AND FRIENDS – Tobias Forge, aka Papa Emeritus IV, performs with his band Ghost during their show Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022 at the Peoria Civic Center.
GHOST AND FRIENDS – A fan sports face paint, contact lenses and a costume to emulate Ghost lead singer Tobias Forge, aka Papa Emeritus IV, during the Swedish metal band’s show Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022 at the Peoria Civic Center.
GHOST AND FRIENDS – A red spotlight shines down on one of the “Nameless Ghouls” during Swedish metal band Ghost’s show Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022 at the Peoria Civic Center.
GHOST AND FRIENDS – Psychedelic images flash on giant screens behind heavy metal band Mastodon during their show Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022 at the Peoria Civic Center.
GHOST AND FRIENDS – Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders nearly bend over backwards performing with the metal band Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022 at the Peoria Civic Center.
GHOST AND FRIENDS – Courtney LaPlante of the heavy metal band Spiritbox is silhouetted against a pair of spotlights during their performance Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022 at the Peoria Civic Center.
GHOST AND FRIENDS – Vocalist Courtney LaPlante of Spiritbox strikes a pose after finishing a song Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022 at the Peoria Civic Center.

METAMORA VS. CANTON – Metamora quarterback Kaden Hartnett (8) grapples with Canton’s Joseph Norton in the first half Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 in Metamora.
METAMORA VS. CANTON – Metamora’s Kam Davis jumps around Canton’s Trenton Hobby (12) for extra yardage in the first half Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 in Metamora.
METAMORA VS. CANTON – Metamora cheerleaders and a group of fans do as many pushups as Redbird points against Canton in the first half Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 in Metamora.

CLUMSI YOGA – Native East Peorian and yoga teacher Kelsey Johnson recently moved back to the area from Crystal Lake and opened her new studio Clumsi Yogi in July.
CLUMSI YOGA – Kelsey Johnson, left, leads a yoga session with Kelsey Robb, middle, and Abby Koeppel at Johnson’s new yoga studio Clumsi Yogi, 2503 N. Main Street in East Peoria.

PEORIA VS. MANUAL – Peoria’s Jamere Fuller (55) and his teammates run through mist created by fire extinguishers as they take the field against Manual on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 at Peoria Stadium.
PEORIA VS. MANUAL – Manual tacklers pull down Peoria’s Frank Odom in the first half Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 at Peoria Stadium.
PEORIA VS. MANUAL – A Peoria High cheerleader takes to the sky during the Lions’ homecoming game against Manual on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 at Peoria Stadium.
PEORIA VS. MANUAL – Peoria teammates Ricky Hearn (1) and Malachi Washington celebrate one of Washington’s touchdowns against Manual in the first half Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 in Peoria Stadium.

PND TENNIS – A giant banner hangs on the fence behind Peoria Notre Dame’s Meredith Oliver as she battles Washington’s Kailey Johnson during a Sept. 26, 2022 match at Glen Oak Park in Peoria.
PND TENNIS – Peoria Notre Dame senior Mary Breitbach talks with head coach Patrick Lowder during a Sept. 26, 2022 match against Washington at Glen Oak Park in Peoria.
PND TENNIS – Peoria Notre Dame’s Brigid Dooley stretches for a return against Washington’s Annabelle Hiel during a Sept. 26, 2022 match against Washington at Glen Oak Park in Peoria.

Artist Jessica McGhee stands by her new mural “Vivarium” on the back patio of One World Cafe, 1245 W. Main Street in Peoria. McGhee painted over an old mural that was decaying and damaged by recent renovations to the popular restaurant. The new mural is also part of a renewed effort to reinvigorate and expand the art scene at One World.

Crystal Peterson of Peoria is turning a former Subway restaurant at 407 S. 4th Street in Dunlap into Smooth Sips, a cafe featuring smoothies, coffee and Bubble Tea plus food items like paninis, hot dogs, waffles and bagels. Smooth Sips will also offer a selection of spices from her other business Seasonest LLC.

RICHWOODS VS. PEORIA – The Richwoods Knights do their traditional dog pile before the start of their varsity football game against the Peoria High Lions on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 at Richwoods Stadium in Peoria. The Knights fell to the Lions 66-12.
RICHWOODS VS. PEORIA – Richwoods’ Darrin Dusett, left, tries to catch Peoria High’s Malachi Washington in the first half Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 at Richwoods Stadium in Peoria. The Knights fell to the Lions 66-12.

DEE-MACK VS. TREMONT – Dee-Mack’s Lucas Blumeyer listens to a coach during a break in the action against Tremont in the first half half Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Mackinaw. The Chiefs defeated the Turks 46-0.
DEE-MACK VS. TREMONT – Tremont’s Blaine Williams tries to recover a fumble as Dee-Mack defenders eye the ball in the first half half Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Mackinaw. The Chiefs defeated the Turks 46-0.

PEKIN VS. METAMORA – Pekin cheerleaders wait for halftime to end during the Pekin/Metamora varsity football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Pekin. The Dragons rolled over the Rebirds 55-13.
PEKIN VS. METAMORA – Pekin’s Tanner Sprecher (8) celebrates a touchdown with teammate Bo Benassi late in the second half Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Pekin. The Dragons rolled over the Rebirds 55-13.
PEKIN VS. METAMORA – Pekin’s Connor Drowns (5), Shamon Handegan (27) and Brayden Hoover celebrate a Metamora turnover in the second half Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Pekin. The Dragons rolled over the Redbirds 55-13.
PEKIN VS. METAMORA – The Pekin Dragons huddle around their coach after their 55-13 victory over the Metamora Redbirds on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Pekin.

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