beth welbers


United States

Found myself realizing a lifelong dream of becoming involved in journalism recently. I love writing a story that informs and often moves people. I want to turn this page and begin the next chapter.

Here are some of my favorite pieces.

Geneseo Republic
Former Geneseo man pens book about his year in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam war

A Geneseo man will be publishing his book about his year in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war. John Raschke's memoir of his experiences will be available this summer as "A Tour in Chuong Thien Province," published by McFarland Press. It will be available through Amazon, Walmart, Target and Barnes & Noble.

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Geneseo ranks in top ten places to retire - some people think otherwise

A recent study by SmartAsset, a website that calculates top ten locations for a variety of metrics, recently placed Geneseo in the Top Ten Places to Retire in Illinois. Placing Geneseo at #6, only three other downstate communities made the list, those being Morris, IL , outside of Joliet, Glen Carbon, IL, near St.

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Lee's Lanes - A Cautionary Tale

Brett Lohman of Geneseo is afraid even with the Covid Hospitality Grant that he was awarded, he may have trouble reopening his business. That's because he never got the money. Nearly a year ago, Lohman applied for an Hospitality Emergency Grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

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Henry County Board takes new approach for HVAC project

The Henry County Board met Thursday March 17. During the previous month's meeting, the Administration subcommittee was presented with the single bid for replacement of the aging HVAC system in the courthouse complex. The lone bidder presented a $6.2 million price tag for the project, which was summarily rejected.

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Post-pandemic stress hits farmers hard; farm suicides increase nationally

Incidents of farmer/farm worker suicides are up significantly, according to a 2020 study by the Center for Disease Control over previous data from 2016 studies. Of the groups studied, Agriculture workers ranked in the top five groups with the greatest risk. Few lines of work are more uncertain than that of a farmer.

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John Hughes, Cambridge native, was he the inspiration for legendary Lone Ranger?

It sounds like something out of a turn of the century dime novel, but the story of John Reynolds Hughes, born in Cambridge in 1855, inspired some of the most iconic stories of the Old West. Born in the Illinois town of Cambridge to Thomas and Jennie (Bond) Hughes on February 11, 1855, like many frontier families, they moved multiple times.