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OHS school board approves teacher’s contract

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2009

A tentative three-year teacher’s contract has been approved by the Ottawa High School Board of Education.

The board voted on the deal during a special meeting Wednesday morning.  Teachers voted on the agreement late Sunday night, ending a teacher’s strike that started September 30.

Under the contract, teachers will receive 1% pay raise in year one, a 1.3%raise in year two, and a 1.6% raise in year three.

Teachers will contribute 10% of the annual cost of family health insurance.  For single coverage, they’ll pay $30 a month during the first year, with the monthly rate increasing by $10 the following years.

Strike days will be made-up so that the students would not miss out on classroom-time.  To make up for lost time, classes will meet on Veterans’ Day, Martin Luther Kings’ Birthday, Pulaski Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, December 21, 22, March 29, 30, 31, and April 1 and 5.  Five days will also be tacked onto the end of the school year.

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Three file papers in Bureau County Sheriff’s race

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2009

A contest is shaping up in the race for Bureau County Sheriff.  Incumbent John Thompson, a Democrat, doesn’t have any competition in the February primary, but he’s sure to face one of the two Republicans who’ve turned in papers.

          Former sheriff, William Rosenow and Joseph Bertetto, a county board member, have entered the race.

          It’s the only seat that’s being challenged so far. 

          Bureau County Treasurer Nina Urbanowski and County Clerk Kami Hieronymus, both Republicans, are running for re-election.

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La Salle County Health Department plans swine flu clinic

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2009

After receiving more swine flu vaccine, the La Salle County Health Department has scheduled a clinic.

          The clinic is Monday, November 2nd from 3pm- 7pm  at the public health building on Etna Road in Ottawa.  The vaccine will only be given to people who are considered in high-risk priority groups.  People at high-risk include: pregnant women; anyone between 6 months up to 24 years old; people younger than 64 years old with chronic medical conditions; health care workers and anyone caring for babies younger than 6 months.

          The health department is offering a shot or nasal spray vaccine.  The vaccine is free.

          Health department officials say once they receive more vaccine, people not considered high-risk can get a shot or the spray.  But so far they only have 2,000 of the 61,000 doses they’ve asked for.

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Man arrested in Oglesby for stolen car

Posted by wlpo on October 27, 2009

An investigation that involved three area police departments lead to an out-of-towner being arrested in Oglesby.

          Richard Goeringer of Homer Glenn was arrested Monday afternoon because police say he had a stolen 2001 Ford Mustang.  Police say the car was taken from Streator.

          The Oglesby, Ottawa and Streator Police Departments along with a tactical team and La Salle County State’s Attorney’s office were involved in the arrest.  Other charges are pending as the investigation continues.

          Goeringer is being held in the La Salle County Jail.

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IVCH changes visitor policy in responce to swine flu

Posted by wlpo on October 27, 2009

            Unless they’re the patient, people under 18 are encouraged to stay away from Illinois Valley Community Hospital.  Like many other area hospitals, IVCH is restricting young visitors who are more prone to swine flu. 

           The hospital says it’s made the change to minimize the chances of patients and staff members being exposed to someone who is infected.             The La Salle County Health Department says as of today, four people in La Salle County have been hospitalized for swine flu, three of which were children.  There has been one swine flu related death in La Salle County- an 18 year old woman.

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Spring Valley Mayor Eyes Landing Improvements

Posted by wlpo on October 27, 2009

Barto Landing in Spring Valley is popular place to get on the Illinois River.  Spring Valley’s mayor says he’s talking with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Illinois Department of Natural Resources about an idea to improve the landing.

Cliff Banks told the city council last night it would involve the Corps dredging the area where boats enter the river from the landing.  A berm would be created to prevent sediment from filling it in again. The dredged material would be used to fill in a wetland just to the west that could be used for parking.

 Banks said the project could be done at no cost to the city and would save the Spring Valley Walleye Club thousands of dollars each year.

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Peru combined sewer project could start in November

Posted by wlpo on October 27, 2009

With the weather changing, you might think the construction season is over but a large sewer project is just about to get started in Peru.

Two sections of town that still have combined sewers are having new separate storm and sanitary sewers installed.   The project cost just under 6 million dollars and is being funded through federal stimulus money. 

Engineer Roger Chamlin says they could get started with the work in November.   The project will is predicted to take a year and a half to complete.

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OTHS Teachers Told Not To Bring Up The Strike

Posted by wlpo on October 27, 2009

Talk about English, math and science, not about the strike.

That’s the message given by interim Ottawa High School Superintendent Matt Winchester.  Minutes after the strike ended Monday morning, Winchester says he told the president of the teacher’s union to tell the faculty to keep the strike talk out of the classroom.  Winchester says the class isn’t an arena for strike discussion.

Winchester says there are no plans to have an assembly or anything like that to air out feelings about the strike.

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School Back In Swing At OTHS

Posted by wlpo on October 27, 2009

Interim Superintendent Matt Winchester says the first day back after the strike went about as smooth as he could’ve hoped for. 

He says there were more kids gone than normal because of some just assuming there would be no class again today and the lateness of the announcement saying there would be class.  Winchester says any student who was gone Monday will be counted as an excused absence.

Sixteen classroom days were lost during the strike.

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Flu Clinic In Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on October 27, 2009

If you haven’t gotten your regular flu shot, there’s another chance to get it tomorrow.

The La Salle County Public Health Department is hosting a flu clinic at their office on Etna Road in Ottawa.  The shots are offered from 9 until 4.

Regular flu shots are 25 dollars but are covered by Medicare. 

The health department is waiting to set up swine flu vaccine clinics.

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