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Wet weather postpones La Salle Rotary Park tours

Posted by wlpo on October 9, 2009

Rainy weather is delaying site tours of La Salle Rotary Park.  The developing park on the east side of town was going to be open Saturday for tours, but those tours will instead beheld next Saturday from 11am-3pm.

You can find the park by turning north off of Route 6 and continue up the hill to the cemetery.

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Board President Says Teachers Are Acting Petty

Posted by wlpo on October 9, 2009

Could Sunday’s negotiation session be the last chance before drastic action is taken by the Ottawa High School board?

Board President George Hupp says he’s giving teachers one more chance to make a serious offer.  If they don’t, Hupp says the meeting will end quickly and the board could start pursuing other options.  That would include going to arbitration or finding replacement teachers.  Hupp says both are drastic options but something they have to think about.  

Until now, Hupp has insisted teachers send a proposal to him in advance.  He says due to the teacher’s “pettiness”, the board decided to drop this stance for this meeting only.

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Cold Weather Hits Area

Posted by wlpo on October 9, 2009

The National Weather Service has issued a Frost Advisory for the entire listening area.

The advisory runs from 4 until 9 Saturday morning.

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Area Volunteers Help Out During Tragedy

Posted by wlpo on October 9, 2009

Area volunteers who helped investigate the tragedy in Beason are being praised.

A letter from the Logan County Board Chairman was read at yesterday’s La Salle County Board meeting.  The chairman thanked members of La Salle County’s Ground Search and Rescue Team for aiding investigators with the Beason killings.  Seven members of the rescue team spent a day in Beason combing bean and cornfields looking for evidence.

The team was formed in December and has 17 volunteers.

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Former Board Chairman Creates Controversy

Posted by wlpo on October 9, 2009

Apparently old grudges die hard for some people.

Seven La Salle County Board members voted against a resolution yesterday naming a stretch of Champlain Street in Ottawa after former board chairman Glen “Joe” Dougherty.  County Engineer Larry Kinzer says it’s been tradition to name a stretch of county road after past board chairmen.

Voting against honoring Dougherty was: Catherine Owens, Arratta Znaniecki, Jack Leininger, Charles Borchsenius, Stephen Carlson, Randy Freeman and Don Jordan.  Everyone except Jordan is a republican.  Peru Democrat Matt McLaughlin voted present.

During discussion of the road naming, Freeman asked “if the road was a dead end road”.  Freeman often butted heads during Dougherty’s time as board chairman.

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SAT Relocated From Ottawa High

Posted by wlpo on October 9, 2009

Be prepared to drive a little if your son or daughter was supposed to take the SAT tomorrow in Ottawa.

Because of the strike, all activities at the school are cancelled.  So if you’re supposed to take the SAT tomorrow at the school, you’ll be trekking now to Joliet.

The testing is at Joliet High School West Campus.  That’s an address of 401 North Larkin.

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