Sunday, August 16th 2015 - 12:00 am

Kids Klub – Paintball Mania Monday, September 28 6PM

Join SCHEELS to learn all about paintball safety, how to shoot a marker and play an AWESOME paintball themed game. Register to win a great prize. Part of this event will be outside. Please dress appropriately for the event and the weather.


SCHEELS & Illinois Raptor Center Monday, October 12 6PM

Join SCHEELS and the Illinois Raptor Center for this AMAZING show about “Birds of Prey”. Watch as hawks, falcons, owls, and vultures are displayed and talked about. This event is FREE to the public. All participants will receive a FREE ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel. Register to win a GREAT prize!


Kids Klub – Halloween Bash & Scavenger Hunt Monday, October 26 6PM

Join SCHEELS for an INDOOR fun filled Halloween Bash and Scavenger hunt. Ghoulish games and treats for all. All participating kids will receive a FREE ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel. Come dressed in your Halloween costume.


SCHEELS Back to School 2 Blitz Sunday, August 16 1PM-5PM

Join SCHEELS from 1PM-5PM for FREE face painting, FREE balloon creations, and WFLZ 101.9 the WOLF and Prowler for a ONE DAY event. Fun for the whole family!


Save the Date: Santa & Mrs. Claus at SCHEELS Saturday, December 5 11AM-4PM

Join SCHEELS for a one day event where Santa & Mrs. Claus will be taking a break from the North Pole to visit with kids at SCHEELS. Parent feel free to bring your cameras to take pictures. This is a FREE event and open to the public. Register to win a $100 SCHEELS gift card.


Home Décor Seminar Thursday, November 12 6:30PM

From trees and mantels to table and shelving learn about the latest decor trends at this FREE seminar. Enjoy tips, treats, and register to win great prizes. Presented by: SCHEELS Home Decor & Gift Lodge Experts.



Thursday, September 17th 2015 - 12:00 am

Trinity Lutheran Church and School will host a new enrichment program for adults and children beginning this fall. The TEACH program (Trinity Educating Adults & Children for the Home) offers a variety of classes for adults and children.

TEACH will be held on Thursdays for five weeks, beginning September 17 through October 15 at Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield. The evening begins at 5:30 pm with an optional freewill offering dinner and classes run from 6:00-7:30 pm. Free babysitting is also available.

Adult Classes include Couponing 101, Money Matters, Healthy Eating and Living, Women’s Self-Defense, Computer Basics, Knitting for Beginners, Introduction to Essential Oils, Conscious Discipline Parenting, Comparative Religions (No charge). Children’s classes include Children’s Fun with Art for ages 6 – 10 and Krafty Kids for ages 6 – 12.

The fee for classes is $25 per adult and $10 per child. Class size is limited to 20 adults per class and 10 children. Registration forms and fees are due September 1, 2015.

The TEACH program is funded through a grant from the Central Illinois District- Church Extension Fund (CID-CEF).

For more information, call 217- 622-8658 or 217-494-4549. To access registration forms, please visit Trinity’s website at or Trinity Lutheran Church and School’s Facebook page.


Two Community Banks join forces under Town and Country Banner

Thursday, October 1st 2015 - 12:00 am

Two Community Banks join forces under Town and Country Banner Town and Country Financial Corporation and West Plains Investors, Inc. Announce

Signing of Definitive Merger Agreement

Town and Country Financial Corporation (“TCFC”) (OTC Pink:TWCF), the holding company for Town and Country Bank (“TCB”), and West Plains Investors, Inc. (“WPI”), the holding company for Premier Bank of Jacksonville (“Premier”) are pleased to jointly announce the signing of a definitive agreement pursuant to which TCFC will acquire WPI, and Premier will be merged into TCB. The transaction has been unanimously approved by both companies’ boards of directors and completion is subject to customary closing conditions, regulatory approval, and approval by WPI shareholders. Under the terms of the agreement, the $515 million-asset TCFC will pay all cash for WPI. Other terms were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.

Premier is headquartered in Jacksonville, Illinois, approximately 30 miles west of Springfield, Illinois, with total assets of approximately $196 million as of June 30, 2015. Premier operates four full-service branches in Jacksonville, Waverly, White Hall, and The EDGEBANK (a branch of Premier) in Edwardsville, Illinois. With projected combined assets exceeding $700 million, TCB will rank among the top locally-owned banks serving downstate Illinois.

Micah R. Bartlett, President & CEO of TCFC commented, “We are delighted to join these two sound organizations and their customers together. At Town and Country Bank, we believe we are only successful when our clients are successful. We embrace innovation and look forward to offering greater lending capacity, enhanced products, services, and technology, and additional locations, all with a unique and community-focused team of bankers who work for the good of their customers. The merger will allow us to further expand in central Illinois and into the metro-east market of St. Louis. We welcome our new clients and the communities represented by Premier and The EDGEBANK to the Town and Country family.”

David E. Kirschner, Executive Chairman of TCFC stated, “TCFC is a growing company. This is a significant expansion for us and represents the 6th acquisition in our 54 year history. The combination will benefit our combined customers, employees, and communities for years to come. The transaction will also enhance the value to our shareholders, as the acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings per share.”

“In Town and Country, we have found a partner that mirrors our values and commitment to community banking and to remaining close to our customers,” said Premier Bank President and CEO Paul White. “Our strong philosophical alignment will benefit our customers and our employees, who will be able to tap and apply resources and opportunities of a larger organization.” Kent Weber, President of The EDGEBANK, added, “This move sustains our community banking momentum, provides resources for growth, and ensures a bright future for our team members and for the customers we serve.”

Todd Green, Chairman of the Board of WPI, noted, “Premier Bank has enjoyed a long track record of growth by successfully serving the financial needs of our clients, while also creating value for WPI owners. We are excited to join forces with a strong organization like TCFC to continue that success.”

About Town and Country Financial Corporation. Town and Country Financial Corporation is a financial holding company headquartered in Springfield, Illinois with $515 million in total assets as of June 30, 2015. Its shares are quoted on OTC Pink under the symbol TWCF. Its subsidiaries include Town and Country Bank and Town & Country Banc Mortgage Services, Inc. with nine offices in Buffalo, Decatur, Lincoln, Mt. Zion, Springfield, and Peoples Prosperity Bank (a division of Town and Country Bank) in Quincy, Illinois. The company provides comprehensive lines of retail, commercial, agricultural, and mortgage banking, as well as trust and investment services to families, businesses and organizations. For more information about TCFC, visit

About West Plains Investors, Inc. West Plains Investors, Inc. is the holding company for Premier Bank of Jacksonville, Illinois with $196 million in total assets as of June 30, 2015, and four offices in Jacksonville, Waverly, White Hall, and The EDGEBANK (a branch of Premier Bank of Jacksonville) in Edwardsville, Illinois. For more information about WPI, visit


The statements contained herein may include statements of future expectations and other forward-looking statements that are based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. In addition to statements which are forward-looking by reason of context, the words “may”, “will”, “should”, “expects”, “plans”, “intends”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “estimates”, “predicts”, “potential”, or “continue” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.

TCFC undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances, or otherwise.


Hillcrest Event Center’s “Haunted Woods”

Friday, October 2nd 2015 - 12:00 am

Hillcrest Event Center is putting on a Haunted Woods every weekend in October and we need community service help.

You will be helping to Support the River Bend Food Bank, Toys for Tots, and Coats for Kids.

October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31.

Hillcrest event center

16260 E 350th street

Orion IL 61273



Saturday, October 3rd 2015 - 12:00 am

Tactical & Personal Defense Firearm Seminar Saturday, October 3, 2015 10AM & 1PM

You don’t want to miss this one of a kind SCHEELS seminar! Join SCHEELS, Ethos Tactical, and The Well Armed Woman for an introduction to tactical & home defense firearms and ammunition selection.

Introduction to:

* Tactical & Home Defense Firearms

* Ammunition Selection

* Defense Handguns

* MSR & AR Rifles

* Defense Shotguns

* Women Specific Courses

The FIRST 25 REGISTERED guests for each session will receive a $10 SCHEELS gift card. Please meet in the SCHEELS Training Center.

Please register by calling the Event Office at 217.726.6330. This is a FREE event and open to the public. There will be a session at 10AM & at 1PM.


Live Reindeer at SCHEELS Fri., Nov. 27, 2015 10AM-5PM & Sat. – Sun., Dec. 19 & 20 10AM-5PM

Join SCHEELS and Morning Star Reindeer Production for a chance to meet one of Santa’s LIVE reindeer at SCHEELS. Come see one of Santa’s reindeer before they are called back to the North Pole! While you are at SCHEELS take advantage of writing a letter to Santa (located by Ginna’s Cafe).

Cost: Photos will be available for purchase! 1-8×10 or 2-5×7’s for $20.

SCHEELS Blaze Days Wed., Nov. 18, 2015 9AM-9PM

Make SCHEELS your last stop before the deer opener! We will offer one-time deals on essential gear as you head out on your hunt! The FIRST 300 customers will receive a FREE hat and hand warmers starting at 9AM. Register to win a Tikka T3 Forest gun, Vortex Viper HD 10×42 Binoculars, Danner Pronghorn Hoots, and a $100 SCHEELS gift card.

Day After Thanksgiving Shopping at SCHEELS Fri., Nov. 27, 2015 6AM-7AM

Join SCHEELS to kick off a day full of shopping with hot chocolate, live music, and the FIRST 300 people in line will receive a FREE $10 SCHEELS Gift Card.

Kids Klub – How to Make SCHEELS Fudge Mon., Nov. 9, 2015 6PM

Joins SCHEELS and our Fudge Expert to learn all about how to make SCHEELS fudge. One lucky kid will get to take home a six pack of their favorite SCHEELS fudge.

Kids Klub – Create an Ornament Mon., Dec. 7, 2015 6PM

Join SCHEELS for some holiday fun. Come make an ornament to hang on a Christmas tree here at SCHEELS and one for your Christmas tree at home. Register to win a GREAT prize.

Kids Klub – Make a Cookie with Mrs. Claus Mon., Dec. 21, 2015 6PM

Join SCHEELS and Mrs. Claus to decorate a Christmas cookie for Santa and to listen to a Christmas story read by Mrs. Claus herself. Register to win a GREAT prize.


Tools from another time

Saturday, October 10th 2015 - 12:00 am

Lincoln Presidential Library, with help from AT&T, will let children explore Civil War technology

Trains and balloons. Telegraphs and drums. Rifles and cameras. The Civil War included all these technologies and many more, as children will learn in a new program offered by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

In a series of free “Civil War Tech” events, children will get an up-close look at the tools and machinery that the North and South used to wage war 150 years ago. They’ll have the chance to perform experiments, talk to historic interpreters and play games based on tech of the past.

The program, made possible by support from AT&T, runs through summer of next year. Meant for children ages 8 to 12, it melds science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education with history.

“This exciting series shifts history from the pages of a book to the laboratory of a scientist,” said Michelle Poe, director of education at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. “When you learn how to send a telegraph message or what conditions encourage disease, you gain a better understand of the events of the Civil War.”

“As a leader in technology and innovation, AT&T is excited to support the new Civil War Tech program to help engage students by connecting science and history,” said Jim Maurer, vice president, external affairs, AT&T Illinois. “Our company is proud to be a founding donor of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, and we’re very pleased to extend our support to utilize modern technology to help make important history come alive for students today.”

Some of the technology was old even at the time of the Civil War. Drums and bugles, for instance, had been used for centuries to signal troops during battle. That will be the focus of the Oct. 3 Civil War Tech event.

Other technology was new. Repeating rifles and the Gatling gun debuted during the Civil War, as did iron-clad battleships. Trains and telegraphs, while not brand new, had never before played key roles in a war.

The Civil War Tech events generally will take place once a month, on Saturday mornings from 10 to 11 at the Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth Street, Springfield. However, the presidential library is kicking things off with three events in October: an Oct. 1 preview and news conference with AT&T, the Oct. 3 session on drums and bugles, and an Oct. 10 event for the whole family with historic re-enactors.

The tentative schedule for the program is:

* Oct. 3: Bugles and Drums

* November 7: Photography

* December 5: Railroads

* January 9: Submarines

* February 6: Ironclads

* March 5: Gatling Gun

* April 4: Artillery

* May 7: Surveillance Balloons

* June 4: Germs

* July 10 (Sunday): Hospitals

* August 6: Battle Injuries

The events will be added monthly to the presidential library’s ticketing system. To make reservations for an upcoming session, visit and click on “special event reservations.”

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln documents, photographs, artifacts and art. It has some 12 million items pertaining to all aspects of Illinois history, making the library one of the nation’s leading institutions for genealogy and history research.

The museum is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. For information on all our events, visit


39th Annual Jessie Mae Finley Musical Scholarship Concert

Sunday, October 11th 2015 - 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
at Zion Baptist Church
1601 E. Laurel St.

Contact Information:
Rev. Gerald C. Lasley, General Chair
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Through October 11, 2015
Voices of Love, Joy & Peace, Inc.
39th Annual Jessie Mae Finley Musical Scholarship Concert

Springfield, Illinois… Voices of Love, Joy & Peace, Inc., 501(c)3, announces its 39th Annual Jessie Mae Finley Musical Scholarship Concert to be held Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 4:00p.m., at Zion Baptist Church at the corner of 16th and Laurel Street. The Concert will feature outstanding young music students, along with John T. Crisp, Jr’s “CHAHRM The Band” with Ada Lou, Plus a Special Guest Artist from Springfield, IL. The concert is free to the public. It is supported primarily by sponsors, patrons and ads. A free will offering will be accepted. Contributions are tax deductible.
Voices of Love, Joy & Peace, Inc. was founded in 1976 by Springfield music teacher and humanitarian, the late Jessie Mae Finley. Mrs. Finley inspired the musical development of hundreds of students through an illustrious career in the Springfield area. In honor of her extraordinary contributions in the field of music, scholarships and incentive awards are presented to talented young music students at the concert.
The primary goal of Voices of Love, Joy & Peace, Inc, is the promotion of music, serious young musicians and music education.


WE-CI; Women Entrepreneurs of Central Illinois will hold our monthly meeting

Wednesday, October 14th 2015 - 12:00 am

WE-CI; Women Entrepreneurs of Central Illinois will hold our monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 14th , 2015; from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Sangamo Club, 227 East Adams, Springfield, Ill 62701.


Topic: Address by Ms. Andria Winters, Assistant Director DCEO, for Governor Rauner’s Administration: A new direction for the Ill. Dept of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. This is our chance to hear directly from the governor’s administration, present our organization, and ask questions.

The costs for the meeting are $15 for members, $10 for guests, and $20 for walk-ins. Reservations are non-refundable. Please make your reservations by noon on Friday, October 9th. Please visit our website <> to RSVP and for payment by credit card.

Monthly meetings include guest speakers, workshops, and social functions. Fundraising events support scholarships for local women entrepreneurs to receive advanced professional training. Guests may request a notice sent directly to them by contacting Mary Schaefer at <> .

Sara L. Lieber, Publicity Chair for Classic Media 217-787-5866


Local Flavors 2015 Dinner at Engrained Brewing Company

Thursday, October 15th 2015 - 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
at Engrained Brewing Company
1120 Lincolnshire Blvd

Now you can find farm-fresh meals at your favorite restaurants during Local Flavors 2015! Participating restaurants will prepare a fresh, seasonal meal with produce sourced from local farmers. One lunch and one dinner will be held each month, June through October, at different restaurants across Springfield and the surrounding area. Fresh, Healthy, Delicious, Good for you, Good for the Community, and Good for the Environment.
Mark your calendar! For more information visit or contact Molly Gleason at 217-528-1563,



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