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Archive for May 11th, 2009

Local pantry receives boost from annual food drive

Posted by wlpo on May 11, 2009

Times are tough, but that hasn’t stopped people from opening up their cabinets and donating to the area food pantry.

The U.S. Postal service Saturday collected food items during their annual food drive. The food is being donated to local pantries.

At the Illinois Valley Food Pantry in La Salle, they’re expecting over 16,000 pounds of food.

Donna Hess with the food pantry says it’s more than they received last year. She says they rely on the annual collection to carry them through the summer.

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Girls remain hospitalized after deadly crash

Posted by wlpo on May 11, 2009

Two girls remain hospitalized after a crash that killed a Fieldcrest High School student.

As of Monday morning, 15 year old Danielle Meirhofer of Minonk was listed in critical condition and 15 year old Makenzie Gensler of Toluca was in serious condition. They were taken to St. Francis Medical Center after the crash Thursday evening.

The accident killed 16 year old Jaclyn Park of Minonk.

Two children and the 17 year old driving the other car were also treated for injuries.

The teen driver was given a ticket for not yielding at a stop intersection.

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La Salle tickets property owners for grass and weeds

Posted by wlpo on May 11, 2009

It was a good weekend if you needed to mow your lawn. A few people who own property in La Salle have court dates after being mailed tickets for reportedly not having the grass and weeds cut.

Rex Lasson of Princeton, Lena Alfano of Spring Valley, and Neil Chamberlain of La Salle have been ticketed under the city ordinance. Police say it’s for a number of properties.

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