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Tales from the Rural Patrol

(Editor’s note: Factual information for ‘Tales’ is provided by the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed.) *Publisher’s Note: For decades, Illinois Valley News has published our unique version of the log entries from[Read More…]

The story behind Juneteenth becoming a holiday

Many Americans are celebrating Juneteenth, marking the day in 1865 when the last enslaved people in the United States learned they were free.For generations, Black Americans have recognized the end of one of the darkest chapters in U.S. history with joy, in the form of parades, street festivals, musical performances[Read More…]

Good Shepherd Lutheran

Dads and Duct TapeIf there’s a sticky job, duct tape can probably take care of it. But duct tape can do one more thing as well. It can teach us lessons about being a great dad.Lesson #1. Duct tape sticks to the main thing. Duct tape adheres closely to what[Read More…]

Today in History: June 21, 2023

Today is Wednesday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2023. There are 193 days left in the year. Summer begins today.Today’s Highlight in History:On June 21, 1788, the United States Constitution went into effect as New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it.On this date:In 1377, King Edward III[Read More…]

Letters to the editor

Illinois Valley News welcomes letters to the editor.Please e-mail them to POLICY ON LETTERS:‘Illinois Valley News’ encourages letters to the editor provided they are legible and not libelous or scurrilous. All letters must be signed, including name, address and telephone number. The latter need not be published, but will[Read More…]


Laurence J. Umphrey, 83, of Cave Junction, died June 14, 2023, at his home. Arrangements with Illinois Valley Funeral Directors.