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Robbery In Downtown La Salle

Posted by wlpo on February 24, 2010

Police are looking for two black men suspected of a robbery outside Dollar General.

The robbery was reported just after two o’clock this afternoon.  The men allegedly got away with around 400 dollars.

Both suspects are said to be medium build.  One was wearing a blue jacket with dark pants, the other a tan jacket and slacks.

More details as they become available.

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Edible car contest rolls through IVCC cafeteria

Posted by wlpo on February 24, 2010

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Students would usually be scolded for throwing their food, but that wasn’t the case at Illinois Valley Community College.  The 5th Annual Edible Car Contest was held at lunchtime Wednesday in the college’s cafeteria.

Teams competed with cars made out of a variety of foods including cucumbers, carrots, cookies and gummy bears. Not every car made it to the finish line.  A few dove off the track onto the floor.

Judges gave out prizes for speed, car design and nutritional value. A few Hall High School students participated along side the IVCC students.

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DePue Student Wins Spelling Bee

Posted by wlpo on February 24, 2010

A new spelling bee champ has been crowned in Bureau County.

DePue Junior High School 7th grader Jake Quesse won the spelling bee crown yesterday by correctly spelling “necessary” and “predicate”.  Luke Lee-Brown finished in 2nd place.  He’s from Ladd.

With the win, Quesse advances to the Journal Star Grand Final Spelling Bee March 19th in Peoria.  He’s eligible to defend his title next year being only a 7th grader.

Twenty-four students from a dozen schools competed in yesterday’s spelling bee.

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Soldier honored at reception

Posted by wlpo on February 24, 2010

Soldiers serving in Afghanistan put their lives on line.

Army Specialist Seth Holmes was one of four soldiers in a truck that was attacked using an improvised explosive device last May.  The explosion left him with a traumatic brain injury that affects his memory.  Holmes also says he went through five months of physical therapy for a shoulder injury.  Holmes was surrounded by family, friends, and area veterans during a reception in his honor at Delany’s Family Restaurant in Oglesby yesterday evening.

Holmes says his mother Cindy Mussari and his wife Jamie Holmes organized the dinner that featured cake and patriotic balloons.  Holmes says he remains with a warrior transition unit at Fort Drum, New York, but due to his injuries he’ll be leaving the army and attending college.

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Roads aren’t too treacherous. But watch out for patchy areas.

Posted by wlpo on February 24, 2010

Roads are far from treacherous, but if you’re going to fast, you could end up in a ditch. Give yourself extra time, especially if you’ll be driving out of town on rural roads.  Snow is blowing.  IDOT says Interstates 80 and 39 are patchy.

          Slow down and give yourself extra time.

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