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Eighth Cigar Summit convenes at West Peoria pub

Mike Waight, who has been coming to the Midwest Cigar Summit for five years, exhales smoke from his cigar Friday while taking part in the annual event sponsored by the Gentleman's Cigar Society of Peoria.

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Number of births on the rise in Peoria County

PEORIA — After several stagnant years, births in Peoria County may be on the upswing again.

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30th annual East Peoria Festival of Lights proves to be the most successful

Mild weather contributed to a successful 30th annual East Peoria Festival of Lights last year, said Doug McCarty, director of tourism and special events.

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District 150: About 20 percent of students suspended at least once last year

PEORIA — Twenty percent of Peoria School District 150 students were suspended from school at least once last year. The total number of out-of-school suspensions increased after steady declines since 2009.

PEORIA — It took 178 years but the Flanagan House is finally getting central air.

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Manual Academy welding students get some training from Caterpillar experts

PEORIA — Caterpillar Inc. employees visited Manual Academy on Friday to do a little in-class welding.

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Bartonville trustees done spending money on Bowen Building

BARTONVILLE — With the owner of the 115-year-old Bowen Building preparing to default on a loan from the village at the end of the year, it appears certain that the last remaining building on the former Peoria State Hospital grounds will be demolished sometime in 2016.