News from Illinois City

Laura Mcginnis/Correspondent

The Illinois City United Methodist Church welcomed new members and transfers to the church on May 31. Welcomed were Tyler Freyermuth, Beth Meier, Megan Mier, Kelsey Murphy, Skylar Murphy, Sara Kean, Branda and Duane Moffitt, Connie and Joe Dungan, Allison Beckman, Joe Leopard, Kayleene Murphy, Eric Swanson. They celebrated with a cake and punch reception for all after church.

Pine Bluff Church also accepted Kathy Henkins and Jim Mathias into membership.

The Illinois City grade school enjoyed activity day with an award ceremony, rocket launching, and afternoon of bowling and snacks at the Plamoor Lanes in Muscatine. The PTC (Parent Teacher Club) sponsored the event. This was a fun way to end the school year.

Fred and Janet Bryant, Merle and Linda Reed, Randy and Sherri Staley, and Frank and Nancy Preston just returned from a week -long trail ride in Heartshoun, Miss. At the Big Creek Trail. Each day they had a little rain but enjoyed good rides, food, and laughter at their campsites.

Ball Season is in full swing in Illinois City. The ball diamond just west of the grade school has a variety of teams playing starting at 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Stop by for a good time.

The Illinois City area will be starting a new boy scout troop. This is for boys starting at sixth grade. For more info call Rhonda Otting 537-3552.

Sheldon and Marty Farwell, who are members of the Quad-City Photography Camera Club, will be exhibiting at the Figge Art Museum. The Farwell's have three photos each on display in the gift shop. An open house on June 11 from 6-8 p.m. will be held. The public is invited. The art photos will be on display June, July, and August and many are for sale. If you have not visited the Figge, now is a good chance to go and see our local talent on display.

Randy and Laura McGinnis enjoyed grandsons Trent and Cael Duncan from Alexis for a two-day stay. They visited the Discovery Center and hiked trails one day and for the second outing to Weed Park they were joined by Rylan McAlister, another grandson.

The Illinois City Firemen have been very busy remodeling the future fire station that was recently purchased. Projects include bathrooms, windows, lights, new overhead doors and general maintenance. A lot of man-hours and money has been put into this big project. The firemen are always accepting donations to help defray costs. The future fire station was a Texaco gas station, then Illinois Park and Service run by Bill Hayes. It's good to see a face lift on the building.

Seven firemen have just returned from the State Fire School that was held in Champaign. This four-day school was a great training for the men. The Illinois City Fire Department has 24 volunteer firefighters.

The fire department is always making plans for the Illinois City days in August.