Scott Mann is the director behind the new movie Fall. The film is about two women who climb the tallest out of commission television tower in the country and wind up getting stuck when the ladder of the rusty tower fails. The two women are trapped 2000 feet in the air on a very small platform and have to figure out a way to get help. The technique that Scott Mann and his team used to get the women to 2000 feet in the air are incredibly effective and the movie is terrifying. I saw it and came away with a newfound fear of heights, that's how effective Fall is. it's a terrific movie and I had a very fun conversation with the director of Fall, Scott Mann.
Sara Billiet from the Kewanee Public Library was our guest today on Wake Up Tri-Counties. Sara joined us to talk about Billy Sunday, the revival preacher whose stops in Kewanee in the early 1900s brought in some of the largest crowds ever gathered in the City's history. Billy Sunday will be the subject of a presentation by Historian Craig Bishop at 2 Pm on August 26th in the Community Room at the Library. Sara also wanted to remind everyone of the Hog Days Book Sale which is hosted by the Friends of the Kewanee Public Library. The Book Sale will run from 7 Am to 11 Am on Saturday, September 3rd, Hog Days Weekend, in the parking lot of Johnson Appliance located at 114 North Chestnut Street.
The Henry County Farm Bureau Golf Fun Day is taking place on Friday, August 12th at Baker Park in Kewanee. It's the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Henry County Farm Bureau and there is still time for you to take part and show your support to the Henry County Farm Bureau. If you'd like to enter a foursome to play on Friday, call the Henry County Farm Bureau at 309-937-2411, Katie Laleman from the Henry County Farm Bureau was our guest on Wake Up Tri-Counties on Wednesday to invite people to play golf on Friday and talk about what the money raised does for the Henry County Farm Bureau and the community at large.
Gary Boyle is known as The Back Yard Astronomer. On Wednesday, Gary joined Wake Up Tri-Counties because tonight, August 10th, and tomorrow, August 11th, people across the northern hemisphere will have their best and brighest look at the Perseid Meteor Show. Perseid and the Earth crossed paths beginning in late July and we will be sharing space Perseid in orbit through early September, but the best time to see the incredible shower of meteors passing by the Earth comes with tonight's full moon and tomorrow's mostly fuil moon. In this interview, Gary Boyle talks about the best ways and the best time to get the best look at the remarkable Perseid Meteor Shower.
Kewanee Mayor Gary Moore was our guest on Wake Up Tri-Counties on Tuesday, August 9th, 2022. The Mayor joined WKEI to discuss Monday night's Kewanee City Council Meeting. At the meeting, the Council approved a road closure for Courtyard Estates for an event they are holding on August 28th. The Council then made the final decision regarding North Cottage between 5th and 6th Streets. The council voted 5 to 0 in favor of not upgrading the empty road to a street and will not try to qualify the space as an alley as some had suggested. The Mayor also discussed the long term savings that should come from a pair of upgrades set to occur on Kewanee's water treatment plant and water treatment infrastructure. Finally, there was a tabled vote regarding reimbursing a portion of cell phone use for top level City Hall employees. The Council has requested more information on the plan for the next Kewanee City Council Meeting.
Sometimes, all it takes is the passion of one dedicated individual. In the case of an Ohio Lemonade Stand, an 8 year old girl's passion has become a non-profit sensation. After being hospitalized at an early age, Payton received a Teddy Bear in the hospital and it meant the world to her. This inspired her to raise money to make sure kids her age always received Teddy Bears for comfort while in the hospital. In the first year, Payton raised $800.00. Then her cause went viral and since then, Payton's Lemonade Stand became a vibrant and thriving example of what a passion project truly looks like. Kathy Foes from the OSF Healthcare Foundation talked about the passion to want to help people and how that drives fundraising activities. Payton's example is that one person can make a major difference when they have a cause. The OSF Healthcare Foundation has a passion for causes that has led to strides in local healthcare.
Henry and Stark County are at Medium Risk for COVID-19 transmission. That from the latest IDPH data. On Thursday, WKEI spoke with RaeAnn Tucker about the latest COVID-19 numbers including 112 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between Henry and Stark County. The transmissibility of the latest COVID-19 variant is proving to be a challenge, especially among the unvaccinated who are being hit the hardest by COVID-19 infections. RaeAnn Tucker also talked about upcoming pop COVID-19 booster clinics for all eligible age groups and Breastfeeding Awareness Month, an effort to let new moms know that there is help available for those who a struggling with breastfeeding.
What started as a story about the concerns over the breeding of pigs for pets, under the misleading name Teacup Pigs, turned into a fascinating conversation about the dangerous growth of factory farms across the country. On Friday, WKEI talked with reporter and TV Host Jane Velez Mitchell about a new Unchained TV reality series about cute pigs called "Pig Little Lies" and came from that was an eye opening conversation about the American food industry and the ways factory farms are harming the environment and independent, non-factory farmers across the country. You can find Pig Little Lies on Unchained TV available in the App Store of your favorite Smart TV, SmartPhone or Tablet.
Cassandra Schmoll from the Henry County Senior Center was our guest this week on Wake Up Tri-Counties. Cassandra tells WKEI that the recent Henry County Senior Center Golf Outing at Midland Golf Course was a huge success. So many generous people played and donated money and are now helping the Henry County Senior Center's Home Delivered Meal Program to be able to keep delivering hot meals to Seniors across Henry County. Cassandra reminds any senior interested in receiving a Home Delivered Meal can contact the Senior Center to get signed up. The Senior Center does ask for a minimum donation for Home Delivered Meals but no one will be kept off the list or denied a meal if they decide not to make a donation.
Sauk Talk-News and Events from Sauk Valley Community College by Regional Media
Author Gary E. Kerr is coming to the Kewanee Public Library on Saturday August 6th for a book signing. Mr. Kerr, a well known lawyer in the Peoria area, authored a book about his father, Roy Kerr, from Kewanee, Illinois was a veteran of War War 2. Late in his life, his son, Gary, had him record his World War 2 stories and those stories, along with stories from Roy's life before and after the war, back in Kewanee, comprise the book "World War 2 My Father's Journey: Friendship War Romance." Gary E. Kerr will be signing copies of his book on Saturday, August 6th beginning at 10:30 Am.
NAMI is coming to Kewanee with a pair of opportunities for people to learn about Mental Health and Mental Health Services. NAMI's Laurie Edge was our guest on Wake Up Tri-Counties this week to talk about the NAMI Family and Friends Seminar on August 18th at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center in Kewanee. This is a free 90-minute seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. This will be followed in September by NAMI Family to Family Mental Health Education, an 8-session education course for family members, caregivers and friends of an adult loved one living with a mental health condition. This course will also take place at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center beginning on September 15th,
How can we address violence and despair in our communities? Author Dothula Baron feels that one way is to start with kids. Teaching children meditation and de-escalation techniques at an early age and encouraging kids to look inside themsevles at an early age can begin the process of reversing the growing discontent in communities across the country. Dothula's book Walking In Light, Living In Love is available now with more conflict resolution and tips on being more thoughtful, empathetic and open.
Samantha Rux with OSF Healthcare was our guest on Monday on Wake Up Tri-Counties. Sam tells us that the 1 year anniversary of OSF Saint Clare Medical Center in Princeton will be celebrated this coming Thursday, August 4th, from 4:30 Pm to 7:30 Pm. There will be live music from Steve Sharp, refreshments and a celebration of the awesome first year of OSF Saint Clare in Princeton. Everyone is invited to attend the festivities. Samantha Rux also talked about the further integration of OSF Saint Clare Medical Center with the recent introduction to OSF My Chart for residents eager to take a more active role in their health care. My Chart allows you to schedule your own screenings and check up with your doctor. You can also find test results and your medical records via the app. Find out more with Samantha Rux from OSF Healthcare...
Wayne Pierson and Bob Westfall stopped by the KNIM Studio this morning to talk about the progress as we get closer to Fridays golf tournament fund raiser for the Cameron Veterans home which serves all of Northwest Missouri.
Leslie Vano is the new director of the Kewanee Public Library. Leslie has officially taken over for the retiring Barbara Love after a 30 day period of training. Leslie, former of the Rockford Library, says she's had a great experience thus far and she's excited about the future of the Library. Leslie and Sara Billiet were our guests on Wake Up Tri-Counties in order to introduce Leslie to the community and to invite everyone to drop by the Library and meet the new Library Director who says to please call her Leslie. Meet Leslie Vano in our interview on Wake Up Tri-Counties on WKEI.
Did you know that just digging a spike in the ground requires a call to 811? It's true, even something as simple as pitching a tent in a residential neighborhood could risk hitting a line or damaging something below the surface. That's why Ameren Illinois wants everyone to remember JULIE and call 811 before any, and they mean, ANY digging project. Before you put anything into the ground call 811 and within 48 hours someone will be on sight to make sure that your digging project doesn't endanger you or disrupt anything underground. Brian Bretsch from Ameren Illinois talked about JULIE 811 with WKEI on Wednesday.
Courtyard Estates will celebrate 20 years in Kewanee in August. Heather Swanson from Courtyard Estates joined Wake Up Tri-Counties to talk about the big celebration for both the community and the families of the residents of Courtyard Estates, all of whom can take part in the 20th Anniversary festivities on August 28th from 2 Pm until 5 Pm. Part of the fun includes Horse Drawn Carriage Rides. Courtyard Estates in Kewanee also recently celebrated upgrades and construction to update their facilities as Heather Swanson told WKEI in this interview. All of it was with the goal of making sure residents get the best care possible at Courtyard Estates in Kewanee.
Rock Falls Tourism Update with Melinda Jones and Susie Perino by Regional Media
Kewanee Mayor Gary Moore was our guest on Wake Up Tri-Counties on Tuesday to talk about Monday night's Kewanee City Council Meeting. On the agenda was the continuing discussion of McClure Street. A recently conducted test in the area indicated that the street does not meet the standard of a dangerous street by state standards. Thus, if the City of Kewanee wanted to add a stop sign or make other safety improvements to the street it would come at a steep cost to the City of Kewanee. Elsewhere on the agenda, the Council decided to table a vote regarding Cottage Street. The question is whether to make the street into an alley.