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Archive for December 7th, 2009

Major Winter Storm On Its Way

Posted by wlpo on December 7, 2009

The National Weather Service has put Bureau and Putnam Counties under a Winter Storm Warning from 6am Tuesday through 6p Wednesday.  As much as 10 inches could fall in some spots.  Once the snow ends Wednesday, blowing snow will become a factor with wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour.

The rest of the AM 1220 WLPO listening area remains under a Winter Storm Watch from Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening.

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Morris Man Thrown From Car

Posted by wlpo on December 7, 2009

Police are trying to piece together a crash in Grundy County that’s left a man in critical condition.

Police say it happened shortly before five yesterday evening on Ashton Road, north of Gore Road.  They say Michael Larkin of Morris was heading north and for unknown reasons, crossed the road, crashed into the ditch, hitting an embankment by a driveway.

Larkin was thrown from his car was eventually flown to St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

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Earlville Man In Serious Condition After Crash

Posted by wlpo on December 7, 2009

Two days after a crash on Route 34, east of Earlville, a man remains hospitalized in serious condition.

Daniel Heintz is in St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford.  He was flown there after rolling his car early Saturday morning.

Police ticketed him with driving with a suspended license, not slowing down to avoid an accident and improper lane usage.

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Snowfall Amounts From Last Night

Posted by wlpo on December 7, 2009

How much snow did you measure last night?

According to the National Weather Service, most snow totals in the area ranged from a half inch up to two.  Mendota was on the high end in the Illinois Valley with two inches.  Earville had a report of 1.7 inches, Ottawa 1.3 and Peru and Marseilles each had a measurement of an inch.  A weather reporter in Streator measured just a half inch.

Much more snow is expected to start falling tomorrow.

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“The Nutcracker” to be performed at LP High School

Posted by wlpo on December 7, 2009

A ballet that’s become a Christmas season classic comes to life at Matthiessen Auditorium this weekend.  “The Nutcracker” is being performed by area dance students, the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Streator Middle School choir.

           Performances are 4pm Saturday and 3pm Sunday at LP High School.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12.

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Gen sets and Recovery Zone Bonds on Peru Council agenda

Posted by wlpo on December 7, 2009

          Christmas bonuses and the bid opening for Caterpillar Generators sets are some of the things that will come up when the Peru City Council meets Monday night.

          Full-time city employees are expected to receive a $50 bonus while part-time employees would receive $25.

          The council is also set to approve $2.5 million in Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds.  The bonds would be used to fund water and sewer work in the industrial TIF district.

          The Peru City Council meets at 7:30pm.

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Snow will have you taking extra time Monday morning

Posted by wlpo on December 7, 2009

The roads are getting better after an overnight snowfall.  Police and tow truck drivers were busy with people who ended up in the ditches, but reports of any serious crashes. 

If anything, Monday morning’s snow was a signal to find your snow brush and shovels.  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for parts of north central and northeast Illinois for Tuesday night and Wednesday.

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