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Interview: Dr. John Asplund

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Farmington Central School District #265 is embarking on a $1.8 million solar power project. When completed, it will be the largest project of it’s kind in the country.

Farmington Central Schools superintendent Dr. John Asplund announced a district solar power project Monday. The $1.8 million project will be partially funded by a $1.15 million grant and partially paid by the school district. It will be the largest solar power project of it’s kind at any public school in the nation. It’s expected to pay for itself within 7 to 10 years. We talked about the project with John Asplund on the WGIL Morning News.

Interview: Magician Bill Blagg

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The Orpheum Theater welcomes magician Bill Blagg.

Magician Bill Blagg will perform at the Orpheum Theater as part of their Red Carpet Series. Bill Blagg was called “simply amazing” by the Chicago Tribune. He describes his style as a mix of every magic show you may have seen. You’ll be able to check out his unique magic show Friday night at the Orpheum. We talked with Bill on the WGIL Morning News.

Interview: Knox County Clerk Scott Erickson

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Knox County Clerk Scott Erickson has some information on new locations for polling places and early voting.

Early voting is under way in the State of Illinois, including here in Knox County. There will be at least of couple of polling places in the county that will have different locations for the November 4th election. Knox County Clerk Scott Erickson has information about the new locations as well as the start of the early voting period. Scott joined us on the WGIL Morning News.

Galesburg Silver Streaks Football vs Quincy Blue Devils

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The GHS Silver Streaks fought hard to beat Quincy 35-28 Friday night. Galesburg never lead until the game went in to overtime, but they never gave up either. They kept tying it up every time Quincy answered back with their own TD’s. Once in overtime, Galesburg scored off of their first play and lead for the first time 35-28. Possession then went to the Blue Devils and they fumbled on their first play and the Streaks quickly recovered thus ending the game and winning it for Galesburg. This makes the streaks eligible for the play-offs and this is the first time in 23 years that Galesburg got a piece of the conference championship. This as well as the new Van Dyke field being dedicated tonight makes this night an extremely special one. The Streaks will play again next Friday against Peoria Central.

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Interview: Barry Swanson, Roger Coleman

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Late, former Galesburg High School basketball coach John Thiel’s widow Marilyn passed away last weekend.  Former WGIL General Manager Roger Coleman and former Silver Streak player and coach Barry Swanson share their thoughts and memories.

Barry Swanson played basketball for John Thiel and later became the Silver Streak’s head coach himself. Roger Coleman spent time as General Manager at WGIL and was a very good friend with John Thiel. The coach’s widow, Marilyn, passed away over the weekend. Many Galesburg residents have fond memories of the coach and his wife. We’ll talked about many of those on the WGIL Morning News.

Interview: ROWVA FCCLA, Celebrate My Drive

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The ROWVA chapter of FCCLA will once again be participating in State Farm’s ‘Celebrate My Drive’ contest.

‘Celebrate My Drive’ is a nationwide contest sponsored by State Farm that gets teens to commit to safe driving. The ROWVA chapter of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America is once agan participating in the contest. They finished in the top 10 previously and are looking to improve on that finish. The winning school will receive a $100,000.00 grant for their school along with a concert by country group ‘The Band Perry’.  We talked with ROWVA FCCLA members on the WGIL Morning News. You can help them out by going to celebratemydrive.com through October 24.