This week, we're talking with Jimmy Bridgeman, the owner of Rock Solid Studios in Dunlap; and with musician David McDonald. Bridgeman says he started his studio in an affort to provide a quality recording facility for local musicians. They've since expanded to add songwriting workshops amd open-mic nights, and their "Coffeehouse sessions." Those combine elements of a recording studio and a small performance venue.

Parker Out as Dunlap Superintendent

Nov 22, 2017

Dunlap Superintendent Lisa Parker is leaving that post at the end of the year. The Dunlap School Board narrowly approved the separation agreement with the long-time district employee during a special meeting Tuesday night.

Wheels O' Time Museum gears up for another season

May 15, 2015

This week, we're talking wih Bobbi Rice, from the Wheels O' Time Museum. The museum may be bext known for its collection of vehicles -- cars, tractors and fire engines -- but it also features artifacts of everyday life. Rice talks about some of the new exhibits the museum is offering this year, and some ongoing restoration efforts. The Wheels O' Time Museum is open now through October 31st.

Some of the hundreds of Dunlap residents at a public meeting Tuesday night expressed concerns for a public housing redevelopment study.

Dunlap superintendent resigns

Mar 21, 2014

Dunlap Schools Superintendent Jay Marino has resigned, effective immediately. 

The Dunlap School District is changing its proposed budget plan for next school year based on public concern and suggestions. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

Some Dunlap School District parents expressed concern about an alleged video using images of students without getting permission.  Dunlap Superintendent Jay Marino is alleged to have used the images in marketing material for a side education business.  Some parents say that they should have been asked first before allegedly using the images for the business.  Other parents are rising to defend Marino calling it a witch-hunt.   A check of the video online shows that is was removed. 

Dunlap teachers, parents oppose proposed cuts

Jan 15, 2014

The Dunlap school district should keep its teachers and current band and orchestra programs next year.  That’s the message from hundreds of parents and teachers voicing concern over proposed staff and program cuts.  The proposed spending plan would lay-off nearly 20 teachers, cut school bussing options and raise student fees. About 40 people spoke out against the proposed cuts during last night’s school board meeting. Many are opposed to cutting fifth grade band and fourth grade orchestra programs.  Tina Holloway is the band director at Dunlap Valley Middle School. She says delaying music classes hurts the students and the district:

Peoria's Hidden Treasures - November 11, 2013

Nov 11, 2013

We look at the last set of art galleries participating in the Citywide Celebration of Women Artists. The Liz Pearce Gallery in Dunlap features the work of five artists, exploring small, intimate spaces. Four Morton artists have works on display at the Jefferson Street Gallery. Finally, two events held in conjunction with the celebrations examine the business of art, and a panel of women artists talking about their experiences.