S1 – Blog 01: The Big Five: What are the Biggest Problems Facing Rural America Today?

A recent podcast on NPR Ted Radio Hour asked the question ¨What are the 5 biggest problems in the world?¨ (you can listen to the podcast here or search ¨Ted Radio Hour¨ on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts). Let's take a closer look and then ask the question ¨What are the 5 biggest problems …

S1 – Episode 05: Value Pollution: Why Should We Ban Advertisements in School?

The following is a portion of the transcript from our interview with Tim Kasser about value pollution. On this edition we return to our conversation with Dr. Tim Kasser, a psychology professor at Knox College who is no stranger to rural living. We were extremely fortunate to speak with Dr. Kasser, he is the well-known …

History of all 16 counties: #10 McDonough County

McDONOUGH COUNTY POPULATION: 32,612 INTERESTING FACTS: Originally named after War 1812 hero Thomas Mcdonough. Land was originally set aside for veterans of the war of 1812.  The county is actually a perfect square with the courthouse in its center. MAJOR CITIES: Macomb: Population - 21,516. Named for General Alexander Macomb from the war of 1812. …

History of all 16 Counties: #9 Knox County

KNOX COUNTY POPULATION: 52,919 INTERESTING FACTS: Named for Henry Knox the 1st Secretary of War.  Hosts the Knox County drive, similar to the Spoon River Scenic Drive.   MAJOR CITIES: Galesburg: Population 32195. Home to Knox College and community college Carl Sandburg. Founded by Presbyterian minister George Washington Gale. Home to the 1st anti-slave society …

History of all 16 Counties: #8 Henderson County

HENDERSON COUNTY POPULATION: 7,331 INTERESTING FACTS: Named for Richard Henderson, founder of the Transylvania Company. MAJOR CITIES: Oquawka: Population - 1,371. Started as a successful fur trading post by brothers S.S. and Alexis Phelps. Oquawka is the Indian word for ¨Yellow Bank.¨ Serves as the County seat and the Henderson County Courthouse is the 2nd …

History of all 16 Counties: #6 Greene County

GREENE COUNTY POPULATION: 13,886, INTERESTING FACTS: Named for Revolutionary figure, Nathaniel Greene. Home of prehistoric archaeological Koster Site, one of the oldest known cemetery sites in North America and the Center for American Archaeology's most important discovery. MAJOR CITIES: White Hall: - Population 2,520 The town got its name from a long, white tavern owned …