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Semi collides with West freshman basketball team bus; 2 adult fatalities

Evie Snoeyink, Editor in Chief

December 6, 2018

Filed under Local, News

The Normal Community West High School freshman girls basketball team bus was hit head-on by a semi-truck traveling the wrong direction on I-74 resulting in two adult fatalities. The crash occurred at 8:32 p.m. when a semi-truck traveling east on a westbound highway collided with the bus returning from a game in Champaign. The team bus carried eight players, Coach Steve Price, Mr. Charlie Crabtree, and the bus driver. ...

Uptown Normal officializes $29.2 million dollar redevelopment-plan; Uptown mural wall to be removed

Uptown Normal officializes $29.2 million dollar redevelopment-plan; Uptown mural wall to be removed

December 4, 2018

The Town of Normal has officially announced plans to demolish buildings in the Uptown Normal Circle at 104 E. Beaufort and 108 E. Beaufort as part of the continued Uptown Normal revitalization. 108 E. Beaufort is...

Farmers market open for season

Farmers market open for season

May 22, 2018

Downtown Bloomington’s farmers market is officially open for the summer. Saturday, May 5 marked the beginning of the outdoor season. The farmers market, located on Jefferson, Main, and Center S...

A forest of learning

A forest of learning

January 20, 2018

A student picks a raspberry from the bush and takes a bite. The fruit is sweet and the flavor of it washes over the student’s mouth. As the sensation ends, the student continues his walk through the ...

Normal’s Haunted Trail takes months of preparation

Normal’s Haunted Trail takes months of preparation

November 15, 2017

The Haunted Trail, a Halloween mainstay in Normal for the past 22 years, entertained and frightened locals the last 2 weekends of October. The two variations of the Haunted Trail, the non-scary trail,...

Taking a knee: Students kneel during the national anthem

Taking a knee: Students kneel during the national anthem

October 29, 2017

The kneeling of NFL players during the national anthem has sparked controversy across the country and this act of protest has spread beyond the National Football League. This once localized form of protest has spread from NFL teams, to other major sports, with regular American...

New road connects NCHS, Eastview

New road connects NCHS, Eastview

October 23, 2017

A new road is being constructed between Normal Community High School and Eastview Christian Church. The construction began in early October and is scheduled to be completed by November 5. Eastv...

Driver charged with numerous offenses after crash

Driver charged with numerous offenses after crash

April 19, 2017

A vehicle, driven by Joshua Brewster, crashed into a utility pole at the corner of Airport Road and College Avenue this past Monday, April 10 around 5:00 PM. Brewster’s wife, Melonie, along with their...

Community stands with Planned Parenthood

Community stands with Planned Parenthood

February 16, 2017

The Stand with Planned Parenthood Rally occurred Saturday, February 11 in downtown Bloomington outside of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. It is estimated that 1000 people attended, inclu...

Students denounce immigration ban to LaHood

Students denounce immigration ban to LaHood

February 13, 2017

Over 50 NCHS students gathered at Congressman Darin LaHood’s office to express their disapproval of the immigration ban after school on Thursday, February 2. President Trump signed the executive...

Active garden changes landscape of West Bloomington

Active garden changes landscape of West Bloomington

September 19, 2016

The cool September breeze rustles through the thick, green leaves.  The rich smell of soil and basil mix in the air.  Small, red tomatoes hang from thick vines, and green peppers hide between lea...

Cravin’ Donuts

Cravin’ Donuts

April 5, 2016

Cravin' Donuts, a new specialty donut shop, opened its doors last week. The shop offers several kinds of unique donut flavors, with new flavors daily. The store is located on Main Street in downtown Bl...

Courtney Bennett: “I see everything as comedy”

Courtney Bennett: “I see everything as comedy”

Brandi Zimmerman, Staff Reporter

February 4, 2015

Filed under Local, News, Showcase

The arts are often a route that many teenagers fail to pursue as a path that will lead to a viable career. Within the arts, further underrepresented by teen voices is comedy.  Courtney Bennett has been...

Cirque du Soleil Bloomington

Cirque du Soleil Bloomington

December 15, 2014

Cirque du Soleil, a show usually acquainted with prime time stages like the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, stopped by the US Cellular Coliseum November 13th. The stop in the Twin Cities was one of many as...

Biking in BloNo

Biking in BloNo

November 10, 2014

With the recent addition of bike lanes to Jersey Avenue in Normal and Front Street in Bloomington, the Bike Boulevard on Blair, and sharrows (street markings that identify shared lanes) placed around town,...

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