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Eight years later, singing sensation returns to Morton Pumpkin Festival main stage  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Olivia Vicary became the breakout star of the Morton Pumpkin Festival in 2011, at age 6, with her stirring rendition of "God Bless the USA" during ...



Will there be an eSports team at Morton High School? It isn't an easy decision  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON -- There's no debate about the popularity of video games among the nation's youth.But there is a debate about whether high schools should form ...



$2 million project approved for Morton Junior High School  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Morton Junior High School will be getting a makeover.School Board members Tuesday approved the low bid of $2.08 million from Peoria-based ...



Morton High School graduates  Peoria Journal Star

Commencement: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Carper FieldBaccalaureate: 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at Bertha Frank AuditoriumSize of class: 230Class motto: "Do ...



Morton High Schools In Their Own Write is a short but sweet show  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — One hour.That's how long "In Their Own Write" lasts each year, but there's a lot packed into the 60 minutes of performances of musical compositions ...



Morton High School has a new band director  HOI ABC

Morton Unit School District 709 announced they have a new band director for Morton High School: Tim Gray. The school board approved the hiring Tuesday.



Morton High School hires new director of bands  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Morton High School has a new director of bands.School Board members Tuesday approved the hiring of Tim Gray for that job beginning with the ...



New Morton Junior High School gym on the drawing board  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Morton School Board members last month approved a low bid of $2 million for Phase 1 of a two-phase renovation project at Morton Junior High ...



Morton High School students inducted into the National Honor Society  Morton Times-News

MORTON - The Morton School District 709 is proud to announce the Morton High School students who were inducted into the National Honor Society in 2019.



One Day Until Iowa Football: Nolan Donald and Wes Dvorak  Black Heart Gold Pants

The final look at the Iowa roster culminates with two #1's.



12th term as Morton School Board president? Not this year  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Shad Beaty is the new president of the Morton School Board. What's perhaps bigger news is Tom Neeley is not the board president. Neeley has ...



High school reunions planned | News | nwitimes.com  nwitimes.com

To submit a class reunion, email sharon.ross@nwi.com.



Morton board approves new scoreboard for Carper Field  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON -- Carper Field at Morton High School will be getting a new scoreboard.School Board members Tuesday voted 4-2 at a special meeting to approve the ...



Dunlap, Morton, Richwoods high schools among top in the nation  Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA — Three high schools in the Tri-County Area have been ranked among the best in the state and the nation in a new, comprehensive ranking of most ...



Former Morton school band director removed from band but will remain teacher  CIproud.com

Morton School District and the Morton Education Association (MEA) have removed Band Director, Jeff Neavor, from his position with the band but is allowing him ...



Cold day, warm reception for state champion Potters  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Four state championships in five years speaks volumes about the Morton High School girls basketball program. So does a 164-13 record during ...



Morton Community Foundation grants cover all the bases  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Christmas comes early every year in Morton. Each spring, the Morton Community Foundation announces the recipients of its competitive grants for ...



Morton board says band director had inappropriate relationship  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Fifteen current and former marching band members and parents implored the Morton School Board on Tuesday to keep Jeff Neavor as the high ...



Morton, ex-band director sign separation agreement  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Former Morton High School director of bands Jeff Neavor will resign as a school district employee June 30, receive his full salary for the 2018-2019 ...



Morton marching band students, parents to protest directors dismissal  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — The Morton High School marching band won an international award for excellence this spring. The Sudler Shield, presented by the John Phillip ...



Nick in the AM: Peoria area is the epicenter of Class 3A high school girls basketball  Peoria Journal Star

NOTE: Nick in the Morning isn't working Friday, so don't expect early-morning salutations tomorrow. Gear up for the Morton girls' appearance in the Class 3A ...



Morton ranks highly on list of top Illinois schools  Morton Times-News

Of the 408 school districts in Illinois, Morton ranks toward the top. Morton Unit School District 709 was ranked 38 on the list of the Best School Districts in Illinois ...



Morton School Board says band director had inappropriate relationship with employee  CIproud.com

A popular Morton high school teacher is being reassigned after 18 years as the marching band director.



Campus road recommended as solution to Morton Junior High traffic issues  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON -- A new east-west road on the Morton Junior High School campus has been recommended as a solution to traffic issues at the school.The road, which ...



Morton High School - Special  Peoria Journal Star

Commencement: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Carper Field Baccalaureate: 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at Bertha Frank Auditorium.Size of class: 219Class motto: ...



Nick in the AM: Gameball Run for Childrens Hospital becomes big event in Morton  Peoria Journal Star

Good morning, troops. It's Monday, March 18.Bradley University men's basketball found out where and against whom it'll play its first-round NCAA game: ...



Berwyn OKs deal to bring school resource officer to Morton West  Suburban Life Publications

The city of Berwyn has struck a deal with the Berwyn Development Corp. and Morton High School District 201 to add a school resource officer at the Morton West ...



Most Morton High School students pass drug test  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — The ninth year of the student drug testing program at Morton High School produced 14 positive results, or 4.5 percent, among 308 tests, according ...



Girls state basketball roundup: Dowell leads Morton to Class 3A title game  Bloomington Pantagraph

NORMAL — Morton High School's girls basketball team moved within a win of a fourth state championship in five years Friday with a 65-51 semifinal victory over ...



Incumbents re-elected in Morton District 201  Suburban Life Publications

BERWYN – Three incumbents reclaimed their seats on the J. Sterling Morton High School 201 Board of Education in the April 2 election. A total of five ...



Luciano: Morton high school student caught up in complex residency issue  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — This new school year, Morton's most interesting lesson bubbles outside the classroom: a swirl of intrigue involving a frustrated mom, snooping ...



Urbana administrator named new Morton High School principal  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Morton High School has a new principal.Michael Gourley was hired Tuesday by the School Board to replace Marjorie Johnson, who is leaving to be ...



Morton will seek bids to replace HVAC system, roof at Bertha Frank  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Morton School District will seek bids to replace what district officials call an aging and failing heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the ...



Unsuccessful Morton candidate inspired to help community  Suburban Life Publications

BERWYN – It's 9 a.m. on a Thursday and Dulce Mami Cafe in Cicero is in the midst of its morning rush. Small groups of families and friends pile into the coffee ...



International barbershop quartet champions headline Heidi White Memorial Concert in Morton  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Tim Beutel is a music teacher in the Morton School District. He's also an international champion who will be performing Saturday, March 30, ...



Morton School District breaks record with 37 new faculty hires  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — There's been a hiring frenzy in the Morton School District. Thirty-seven new faculty members have come on board this school year, and they make ...



Morton changes business district building improvement grant requirements  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Two requirements for a Morton business district building improvement grant have been tweaked.Village Board trustees Monday approved the ...



Girls Class 3A-4A state basketball capsules | High School Basketball  Bloomington Pantagraph

When and where: 11 a.m., Redbird Arena. Live TV coverage: NBC Sports Chicago. Morton starters: Tenley Dowell, G, 6-0, Sr. (15.4 ppg); Lindsey Dullard, G, 6-1 ...



Cleve In The Eve: Softball gods were in our dugout; dynasty teams reach GPSHOF  Peoria Journal Star

The inductions are Saturday.But for several great teams from the Peoria area's past, the celebration commenced Friday night.The 1997-98 and 1998-99 ICC ...



New leadership team in place at MCHS  morrisherald-news.com

MORRIS – The leadership team is set for the next school year at Morris Community High School. On Thursday, the District 101 board of education approved the ...



Morton School District enrollment increases slightly - News  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Enrollment in the Morton School District increased slightly from last school year.Sixth-day enrollment figures reported Tuesday to the School Board ...



Latinx residents and young candidates join forces for upcoming Cicero elections  Medill Reports: Chicago

By Ankur Singh Medill Reports On a cold Monday night at the V Bar in Berwyn, the room radiated energy as a group of young people gathered to build a ...



Pumpkin Festival entertainment goes Irish  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — This year's Morton Pumpkin Festival theme is "Luck O' the Pumpkins."So it's no surprise the festival's entertainment lineup, stocked heavily with ...



Morton board approves low bids for Bertha Frank, Grundy projects  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — School Board members Tuesday approved low bids totaling $1.37 million for projects at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center and Grundy ...



BASKETBALL: Bisping’s playing days over, but he’s still in the game  Morton Times-News

Brett Bisping's professional basketball career is over, but his love for the game is as strong as ever. The 25-year-old former Morton High School and Siena ...



Morton wins 'highest honor a high school marching band can receive'  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — The Morton High School marching band owns a seemingly never-ending string of accomplishments.It has won 13 straight Class 2A championships ...



College Corner: Ex-Morton guard Chandler Ryan wins Atlantic Sun honor  Peoria Journal Star

COLLEGE CORNERWOMEN'S BASKETBALLFlorida Gulf Coast sophomore guard and Morton High School graduate Chandler Ryan was named Atlantic Sun ...



Construction about to begin at Morton High Schools athletic facilities  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Cookies, punch and information were served Thursday as District 709 unveiled plans for a $4.7 million renovation of Morton High School's outdoor ...



Woman with special needs finds independence in Morton home  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — This is an exciting and scary time for Dane and Lori Strube.They moved their daughter Nicki, 29, into a three-bedroom home in Morton last month.



GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bishop McNamara upended in Super-Sectionals by Morton  Kankakee Daily Journal

Bishop McNamara did what it could, but Morton was too much to handle and the Irish's season came to a close in Super-Sectionals.



Missing Purple Heart returning to Morton after a 20-year mystery detour  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — After a 20-year search, a Purple Heart is coming home.On Thursday, at a ceremony at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5921 in Morton, the family of ...



New Morton administrator focuses on extracurricular activities  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Think of him as an athletics director for non-sports activities.That's one way to explain Patrick Mainieri's new job of director of student activities and ...



Construction to begin this spring on Morton West freshman academy  Suburban Life Publications

BERWYN – Construction is set to begin in April on a freshman academy at the southeast corner of Morton West High School in Berwyn.



Washington and Morton boys golf advance to Class 2A sectional  Peoria Journal Star

CANTON — The Washington and Morton boys golf teams each earned a spot in the sectionals after placing in the top three of the Class 2A Canton Regional on ...



Reunions: Morton, East Chicago Washington, Merrillville High | Lake County News  nwitimes.com

To submit a class reunion, email annette.arnold@nwi.com.



New KFC in Morton now open  Morton Times-News

MORTON — The new Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Morton opened today, Nov. 13. The restaurant, located at 927 W. Jackson St., hosted a grand ...



Morton golfer Connor Vicary shoots 66 in Prep Tour event  Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA — Connor Vicary of Morton shot a near-record 66 on Wednesday in the Prep Tour's stop at Kellogg Golf Course.Vicary, an incoming senior at Morton ...



Morton violinist, 15, set to play iconic Carnegie hall  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Carnegie Hall. That iconic 127-year-old concert venue in New York is where Morton High School sophomore Casey Hoffmire is scheduled to ...



Concert to honor music teacher Heidi White on March 27 in Morton  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Billy Akers is pursuing his dream of being an orchestra teacher thanks in large part to his music teachers in the Morton School District."I was deeply ...



Peoria RiverFront Jazz Festival encourages future musicians  Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA — Not many high school students can say they were the opening act for big names in the jazz music world.Students from Limestone Community High ...



'Difficult' fire damages Morton home - News  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — A fire Thursday night caused an estimated $75000 in damage to a home near Morton High School. Morton Fire Chief Joe Kelley said the blaze at ...



Collin Roche edges Jack Cekander for Junior Match Play golf title  Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA — Tight matches marked the final day of competition in the Peoria Park District Junior Match Play tournament on Friday at Madison Golf Course.All four ...



Emotional night for Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Famers  Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA — From Lorene Ramsey's encyclopedic memory to Gigi McIntosh's hashtag humor to Peggy McDonald's tearful memories, the 487 attendees of the ...



Morton's Monarch Waystation recognized by the Smithsonian  Suburban Life Publications

During the 2017-18 school year, Morton High School biology teacher Kevin O'Toole developed a scientific engineering project focused on having his students ...



Morton School Board votes down proposed transgender policy  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — School Board members voted 4-3 Tuesday against adopting a student privacy policy involving transgender students written by an Arizona-based ...



Morton School Board OKs raises for substitute teachers  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Substitute teachers who work in Morton School District schools received a raise Tuesday.School Board members voted unanimously to increase ...



At school board forum, candidates talk about issues  Suburban Life Publications

BERWYN – Berwyn residents packed the City Council chambers March 7 for a forum featuring candidates running for three local school boards. The All Berwyn ...



Better field, new press box at Pekins Memorial Stadium  Peoria Journal Star

PEKIN — Pekin Community High School's Memorial Stadium is getting a makeover.The grass field was improved earlier this summer. After the football season, ...



Ferguson: Mortons equipped to make baseball history behind community support, depth  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Central Illinois oozes with baseball talent, and for the third time in five years, a Mid-Illini Conference team will cap off a remarkable season at Route ...



Morton Academy is a guardian angel for troubled boys  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Morton School District staff members are working hard to get the educational lives of troubled boys back on track. All that work is taking place with ...



Friday Flyover: Morton High School  WLS-TV

This week, we feature Morton High School on ABC7's Friday Flyover, celebrating high school sports!



Morton Superintendent Lindsey Hall set to resign  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — The Morton school district will require a new superintendent for the 2017-18 academic year.During a special meeting Monday night, the ...



2018 Journal Star Baseball Player of the Year: Logan Peterson, Morton  Peoria Journal Star

Logan Peterson wasn't sure he wanted to continue playing baseball after his experience in T-Ball. "I thought it was boring," he says.But his competitive nature ...



Cleve In The Eve: A lifetime in baseball leads to posthumous HOF induction for McDonald  Peoria Journal Star

Cleve In The Eve will extend a tip of the hat over the next several days to the 38th annual Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame induction class.Next up in the ...



New principal selected for Riverside Brookfield  Suburban Life Publications

Hector Freytas will become the new principal of of Riverside Brookfield High School effective July 1.



Legendary sportswriter Dave Kindred returns to roots by covering local girls' basketball  ESPN

Dave Kindred has covered the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Olympics, the NCAA men's and women's Final Fours and the Masters. What's bringing him ...



Fireworks, parade and Fourth of July fun  Desplaines Valley News

By Bob Bong. Here's a rundown of area Independence Day events planned to celebrate America's birthday between now and the Fourth of July. BRIDGEVIEW: ...



Serving doughnuts and picking up trash at the Morton Pumpkin Festival  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — The Morton Pumpkin Festival isn't all fun and games for many youths.Athletes from 12 Morton High School sports teams are working at the pumpkin ...



PREP FOOTBALL: No. 9 Morton dominates in all three phases against East Chicago Central  The Times of Northwest Indiana

No. 9 Morton remained undefeated against Great Lakes Athletic Conference foes and claimed at least a share of the title with a 56-9 home win against East ...



Nick in the AM: Ex-Morton soccer coach Brian Deters running for Congress  Peoria Journal Star

Good morning, troops. It's Wednesday, Nov. 1.Brian Deters has spent most of the past five years residing about 4500 miles from the 18th Congressional District.



South Shore eLearning Conference inspires teaching innovation with a student-first mindset  nwitimes.com

HAMMOND — Technology is more than a tool, George Couros told a full auditorium of teachers and educators Thursday morning.



Morton East, West walk-ins call for education funding equality  Suburban Life Publications

BERWYN – Students, parents and teachers at Morton East and West high schools showed their support for public education and demanded more funding ...



Hall of Famer Thome brings local flavor to Best of Preps  Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA — Jim Thome had to decline last year when asked to be the keynote speaker for the Journal Star Preps Best of Illinois. He had another obligation at ...



Morton West High School's new culinary arts lab features state-of-the-art equipment  Suburban Life Publications

BERWYN – A new culinary arts lab equipped with state-of-the-art, industry-standard equipment at Morton West High School in Berwyn is expected to increase ...



Hammond school board eyes action plan after lead levels found in some drinking water sources  nwitimes.com

HAMMOND — School board members were eager to craft an action plan Monday night after receiving a lengthy summary report hot off the presses that detailed ...



Facilities still in focus for Morton School Board candidates  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — New classrooms and gyms are being constructed at three Morton School District elementary schools, part of a $10.5 million facilities referendum ...



School wants out of lawsuit claiming decades-ago sexual abuse  Jacksonville Journal-Courier

NEW BERLIN — New Berlin school district officials have asked the court to dismiss in a lawsuit against a former employee by a former student claiming sexual ...



Hammond police: Suspect in custody in connection with Friday's shooting near Morton High  nwitimes.com

HAMMOND — Police say they have an 18-year-old in custody in connection with Friday's fatal shooting just north of Morton High School.



New courts dedicated to Stanfield  Morton Times-News

The Joal Stanfield Tennis Complex. That's now the name of an eight-court facility at Morton High School dedicated Sunday in an emotional ceremony attended ...



Ruth: The Musical debuts Saturday at Morton church  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Seven years in the making, "Ruth: The Musical" will have its world premiere Saturday at Grace Church.David Getz is the composer of the musical, ...



Morton Hall of Fame welcomes initial class  Suburban Life Publications

LA GRANGE – Nearly 200 Morton High School alumni, coaches and well-wishers gathered May 17 in the La Grange American Legion Hall to pay tribute to their ...



New uniform shirts required at Morton East, West high schools in fall  Suburban Life Publications

J. Sterling Morton High School students will now be required to wear a maroon long or short sleeved uniform polo shirt with the JSM logo, instead of the white ...



Morton’s Gameball Run Miracle Family Story: Meet the Sauder Family  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — The Morton High School boys' basketball team and Coach Matt Franks are hosting the 6th annual Gameball Run event to raise money and ...



Mortons coaching staff builds program on past experiences, Mike McDonalds teachings  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — The Potters talent and coaching staff have been working for several years, learning from past coaches and players such as the late Mike McDonald ...



Morton's graduation embraces tradition, performances | Graduation  nwitimes.com

HAMMOND — More than 260 seniors graduated from Morton High School in Friday night. There were tears, photo-ready smiles, and, most of all, shouts of “class ...



Morton teacher, coach Joal Stanfield remembered for tennis, care for students  Peoria Journal Star

Four days after suffering a major medical trauma, highly-regarded teacher and coach Joal Stanfield, 34, died Aug. 27. The third-year Lincoln Elementary School ...



Only one incumbent running for Morton Village Board  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Three open seats on the Morton Village Board will be up for grabs in the April 4 election.At least two will be filled by newcomers.Jeff Kaufman, a ...



Volunteer firefighters save lives, money  Morton Times-News

Volunteer fire departments are part of the fabric of our country.In fact, they pre-date the formation of the nation. They've been serving communities for more than ...



New tennis courts at Morton serve to honor coach  Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — The Joal Stanfield Tennis Complex. That's now the name of an eight-court facility at Morton High School that was dedicated Sunday in an emotional ...



As school discipline disparities worsen, Illinois has yet to require reforms  Chicago Reporter

Four years ago, Illinois passed the first in a series of discipline reforms meant to reduce student suspensions and expulsions from public schools. The law tasks ...



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