Villa Grove Today
Photographer: News-Gazette Online Staff
J.D. Crawford was photographed outside Villa Grove High School.
Tim Crawford was changing the text on the sign in front of the Villa Grove schools.
Mary Tewell, left, and Virginia Statzer-Hinkle were in the U.S. Post Office on Main Street.
Emily Oberg stopped in at the post office.
Jeff Holmes is publisher of the Villa Grove News.
John Hoffman had dropped by at Miller-Voight Insurance and Real Estate on Main Street.
Tom Voight of Miller-Voight Insurance and Real Estate sits at this desk. Behind him on the wall are pictures of the softball teams he has coached.
Roger Miller sits at his desk at Miller-Voight Insurance & Real Estate.
Robin Cowman is a florist at Petals & Plants Florist on Main Street.
From left are Cheryl Marlatt, Madonna Eisenmenger and Karen Reifsteck of the Vill Grove State bank.
Clockwise from front are Villa Grove State Bank tellers Marsha Hillard, Amy McGaughey, Debbie Albin and Jacki Burchett.
Standing in front of the Villa Grove State Bank are Don Cler, president; Michele Spencer, assistant cashier; and Don Finke, senior vice president.
Nelson Panke was outside working on Main Street.
Janis Helm was entering the town's library.
Karen SIgler stopped by the library.
Ethel Schreiber looks up a book for a library patron.
Jane Galbreath is the town's librarian.
Kristi Bennett was using the library's computer for Internet access.
Jeff Coleman came to Villa Grove to fix up a house and never left.
Bob Hancock stands in one of the areas of the town library.
Mary Jo Renfro was working the desk at the Total Image Salon on Main Street.
Chet Keller sits at his desk in his office on Main Street.
Tammy Uptmor works the cash register at Casey's.
Jessica Chandler works the customer service counter at the Villa Grove IGA.
Jill Johnson works the cash register at the Villa Grove IGA.
Loretta Sanderson stops in at the Villa Grove IGA.
Therese Shanks was out walking toward downtown on the day before Thanksgiving.
An Air Force jet is the focal point of Memorial Park in Villa Grove.
Flags wave above the granite memorial to the town's veterans at Memorial Park.
Patti Miller stands in her front yard.
Lacy Millsap stands near the back door of her house in Villa Grove.
Philip Bade was born just west of Villa Grove and now lives in the house in town that once belonged to his grandparents, Harry and Frances Harlow.
Eleven-year-old Dane Chandler stands by his car at Casey's.
Agnes Huber gets ready to climb into her car after giving it a bath at the town's car wash.
Walking home from school were, from left, 9-year-old Dylan Patton, 9, eighth-graders Lacey Buckner and Chrissy Ford, 6-year-old Mikayla Ford, ninth-grader Cady Grice and 9-year-old Joseph Frye.
John and Connie Gilles are owners of Gilles True Value on Route 130 in Villa Grove. The store also sells floor coverings.
David Frost gets ready to mix paint at Gilles True Value.
Charles Strode is owner of Bud's Barber Shop.
Skateboarders Dustin Thomason, left, a freshman at Villa Grove High School, and Justin Ahlo, a sophomore, were taking advantage of nice weather before Thanksgiving to get some practice in.
Braden Hughes, 4, and his cousin Travis Roberts were out for a bicycle ride around the block, according to Braden.
From left, Beth, Ben and Ross Elston stand next to their front porch. Ross is the fire chief of the town's volunteer fire department, while Ben is also a volunteer.
From left, Marissa Shelby, Ariel Aimone, Tristan Aimone and Steve Aimone burn autumn leaves in front of the Aimone home.
Ariel Aimone holds her 7-month-old sibling Jocelyn.
Dennis Gire, left, is the Villa Grove police chief, while Travis Brown is a patrol officer.
From left are Jesse Shrum, Cody Deppe, John Turner and Jordan Burns. Shrum, a former resident, was visiting for the Thanksgiving holiday.
In the front row are, from left, Parker Volmer, Emanuel Crafton and Austin Hopkins. In the back are twins Derek and Drake Green. The boys were playing football at Harrison Park.
At Harrison Park, In front from left, are Gilbert Nieto III, Dustin White and Tyler Burwell, while in the back are Mike Simmons, Gabe Palmer and Aaron Cress.
Gilbert Nieto II was playing football with boys at Harrison Park.
A pair of spectators at the informal football game at Harrison Park.
Photographer: Vanda Bidwell
Dr. William Jones, a dentist in downtown Villa Grove, stands with a 1939 aerial of the town.
Bob Hancock and Dr. John Leon stand together in downtown Villa Grove. They are longtime residents.
Photographer: Tim Mitchell
Villa Grove historian Chuck Knox stands at the Veteran's Memorial Park in Villa Grove with the book he wrote on Douglas County veterans.
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