‘Girl Scouts’ event March 13

FULTON, Ill. — Stonecroft Twin Rivers “After Five” invites all women to the “Girl Scouts are Helpful” dinner and program on March 13 at Triple Play Banquet & Bowl, 1601 Ninth Ave., Fulton.

The event will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost of dinner is $11.

Special feature will be Sandy Gabriel telling of her experience of being a Girl Scout leader for 18 years. She taught in the elementary schools in Savanna, Illinois for 35 years before retiring. She also volunteers at the Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center in Clinton.

Inspirational speaker will be Karen Blankenship from Peculiar, Missouri. Karen will speak on “Finding Balance in Everyday Life.” She is an educator nationally and internationally known, and co-author of a book. She has just returned serving as a missionary in India.

Call for reservations and cancellations by phoning Ruth Huizenga at (309) 659-2175 or Carolene Sterenberg at (309) 887-4097 by March 11.

The group is affiliated with Stonecroft Women’s Connections.

MLK series to talk nonviolence

CLINTON — The Sisters of St. Francis Franciscan Peace Center will host a series titled “Introduction to Nonviolence, Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” on April 4, 11 and 18.

The meetings will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Canticle, 841 13th Ave. North, Clinton.

Learn how to respond to violence and find ways to live a more just and peaceful life, deepen your relationship with yourself and others, and experience the power of nonviolence. There is a $25 suggested donation. Scholarships are available.

$17M grant for riverfront

BURLINGTON — A city in southeast Iowa has won a $17 million federal grant that officials say will fund dramatic changes to its riverfront and downtown.

Lawmakers announced Tuesday that Burlington was awarded the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant.

The Hawk Eye reports that the grant money will fund a significant re-imagining of Burlington’s riverfront, including large boat docks, trees, planters, seating, green spaces and parking lot improvements. It’ll also upgrade two streets with bike racks, resurfacing, sidewalk expansion, planters, storm improvements and new street lights.

Man charged for ramming into airport terminal

PEORIA, Ill. Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Japanese DotsText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color— A man who tried to ram a stolen vehicle into a central Illinois airport terminal says he was worried about an impending zombie apocalypse.

The Peoria Journal Star reports that 27-year-old Justin Deemie was indicted Tuesday on charges that include possession of a stolen motor vehicle and criminal damage to government-supported property.

The indictment comes after his Feb. 17 attempt to forcefully enter a terminal at the Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport.

Prosecutor Steve Pattelli says Deemie was high on drugs when he grew concerned about zombies.

Pattelli says Deemie also breached security, boarded an empty plane and tried breaking into a police vehicle.

The incident resulted in several delayed or canceled weekend flights.

He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

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