• Black Out Night tonight at the football game ...



• IVC quarterback out for the season



• New rules at local hospitals ...



• This weekend's activities include ...


Illinois Valley Central High School varsity football players will take the field at the home game tonight sporting a new look.  

Players will be dressed in black jerseys, and it’s not because Halloween is just around the corner. 

“Black Out Night” is a new fundraiser for the IVC Educational Foundation and Easter Seals at which fans will have the opportunity to bid and buy the black football jerseys worn by players that evening. 

A silent auction will be held during the game and the jerseys presented to the winning bidder at the end of the evening. 

Dr. Jim Maxey of Great Plains Orthopaedics, the football team’s physician on hand for home games, and his wife, Kathleen, donated the special jerseys.

Proceeds from the jersey auction will support the IVC Educational Foundation. 

“We hope this event will raise awareness of the Foundation and the enrichment it provides to the schools,” Maxey said. “Black Out Night is a fun event which rallies school spirit and raises money for a worthy cause … enhancing our children’s education.”

The IVC Educational Foundation is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization formed in 1992 to expand and enrich the educational opportunities available to students in IVC School District 321. 

The foundation has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars providing the schools with funds above and beyond normal tax support.

Last spring, the foundation successfully completed its three-year campaign to raise $60,000 for state-of-the-art equipment for IVC High School’s new fitness center. 

The foundation set its next campaign to enrich the science programs in all schools. 

Over the next two years, the foundation will work toward raising $50,000 for equipment and resources for science departments that enable faculty to provide the best educational experience possible.

As part of Black Out Night festivities, fans will also have the opportunity to purchase black T-shirts to show their pride as “Ghost Believers” and support Easter Seals. 

“Black Out Night” has been held at various area high schools throughout the fall football season to raise funds for the organization. 

Shirts are $10 and will be sold at the gate tonight. 

Whether it’s a keepsake for football parents, a memento for girlfriends or the prize possession of an aspiring JFL player, the auction for black jerseys will provide the highest bidders with a treasured memento and raise funds to benefit students in IVC schools. 

Bidding on the jerseys starts at $40.
— Submitted by Julie Rock for IVC District 321
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IVC quarterback Brock Adcock is out for tonight's game and the rest of the season. He underwent an emergency appendectomy.

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Due to number of H1N1 influenza cases in Central Illinois, local hospitals are restricting the age of visitors to their facilities.

Effective immediately at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Illinois, in conjunction with Methodist Medical Center, Proctor Hospital, and Pekin Hospital, visitors must be at least 12 years old.

The restriction will continue until further notice.

This request is being made out of respect for our patients, many of whom already have compromised immune systems. Children have been particularly susceptible to the H1N1
virus and may be contagious prior to showing symptoms.

“The health and safety of our patients is our top priority,” said Sue Wozniak, Chief Operating Officer for OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. “Everyone’s patience and understanding as we work to stop the spread of the H1N1 influenza is greatly appreciated.”

In addition to the visitor restriction for hospitalized patients, it is also recommended families limit the number of relatives and friends accompanying patients to the emergency department, outpatient surgery waiting rooms, procedure areas, and primary care/specialist offices.
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AMERICAN LEGION POST 9 is serving walleye, potato wedges and salad from 5-7:30 p.m. tonight for $8. Sundays all-you-can-eat breakfast for $6 is through March from 8-11 a.m. Carryouts avail. Call 274-3255.

ST. MARK LUTHERAN CHURCH annual chili supper is 4-7 p.m. tonight at 822 W. Pine St. Vegetable soup, hot dogs, barbecue and desserts also avail.

CANNED FOOD DRIVE is Saturday and Sunday in Rome and Chillicothe. Non-perishable items distributed to Chillicothe Assembly of God Church and River Terrace Church food pantries. Pack 91, Troop and Venture Crew at First United Methodist Church will go door-to-door to collect. Scouts also will pick up food prior to Oct. 25. Call Ashley at 274-3401, or Kristina at 274-4253 for early pick up.

HALLOWEEN PARTY at Illinois Valley Central High School for kids through third grade is 1-3 p.m. Sunday in the IVC commons. Games, candy crafts and much more. Free admission. Spons. by IVC Student Council.

CHILI AND VEGETABLE BEEF SOUP SUPPER is from 4-7 p.m.Monday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4999, 1729 N. Santa Fe Ave. $6 adults, $4 children. Price includes hot dog, dessert and beverage. Carryouts avail. Fundraiser for Chillicothe Historical Society.