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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.

Interview: Mike Patterson, Mike Carlson, Two Matts Productions

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There will be a zombie apocalypse at Sandburg Mall in Galesburg. Mike Patterson and Mike Carlson, owners of Two Matts Productions, will be filming their new movie, “Earth Day 2: Holidays of the Dead”.

Two Matts Productions released the movie “Earth Day” in 2012. They are beginning production on the sequel in Galesburg, largely at Sandburg Mall. They will be filming October 26 and are looking for extras of the zombie persuasion. Mike Patterson and Mike Carlson joined us to talk about the movie and its production on the WGIL Morning News.

Interview: Faye Schulz, Ann Tucker

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Galesburg Kiwanis club president Faye Schulz was recognized with a national award recently.

Faye Schulz, president of the Galesburg Kiwanis Club, was presented with the coveted Amador Medallion from the Spastic Paralysis Research Foundation. The award is named for the late Dr. Luis V. Amador who was a professor of clinical surgery and the founding director of the Kiwanis Illinois-Eastern Iowa District’s Spastic Paralysis Research Foundation. Schulz received the award on September 30th. We spoke with Faye and local Kiwanis vice president and secretary Ann Tucker on the WGIL Morning News.

Galesburg Silver Streaks Football (Homecoming) vs Peoria Manual Rams

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The GHS Silver Streaks beat the Peoria Manual Rams 61-26 for the Streaks’ homecoming game and it was the first win at New Van Dyke Field.

The Streaks are now 3-3 for the season and the Rams sit at 1-5. The Streaks will play again next Friday at Rock Island against the Rocks.

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Interview: Knox County Sheriff David Clague

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There will be a 911 referendum on the November ballot in Knox County. Knox County Sheriff David Clague is on a tour of sorts to get the information out.

The current 911 system in Knox County has been in place since 1994. The County is wanting to update the system to be compatible with all cell and smart phones. They are proposing a small sales tax and asking voters to vote YES. Sheriff David Clague joined us to discuss the details on the WGIL Morning News.