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Archive for May 6th, 2010

Rt 71 crash victim remains hospitalized

Posted by wlpo on May 6, 2010

A woman is still in the hospital, but her condition has improved after she was hit in a head on crash South of Norway.

Police say just before 8am Thursday, David Bates of Sheridan hit Jennifer Priebe of Earlville head-on on Route 71.

Priebe was flown to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.  She’s now in fair condition. Bates was treated and released from Ottawa Regional Hospital.  Police arrested him on a La Salle County failure to appear warrant.  Charges related to the crash will be handled by the states attorney’s office.  The crash is still being investigated.

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Kinzinger Coming To Streator

Posted by wlpo on May 6, 2010

The man trying to become your new congressman is making another stop in La Salle County.

Republican 11th District Congressional candidate Adam Kinzinger is holding a town hall meeting tomorrow night at 7 inside the Streator American Legion Hall.  The stop is being labeled as the “More Jobs, Less Spending” forum.

He’s expected to talk about the economy and health care before accepting questions from the audience.

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Marquette Academy To Try New Classroom Approach

Posted by wlpo on May 6, 2010

What would you think of your 2nd grader being in Math class with a 4th grader?  Or what about a high school freshman sitting in English class with a junior?  It may happen with the new Marquette Academy.

Prior to accepting admissions applications this week, Marquette Academy officials announced they will use multi-age classrooms beginning in second grade.  So instead of kids being in the classes based solely on their grade, Marquette students will be placed in classes with kids that have the same ability in that particular subject.  So a third grader who is advance at Math could be in a class with fourth graders.  School officials say they’ll use kindergarten and first grade to assess the student’s abilities before placing them in a multi-age class.

According to school administration, advantages of multi-age classrooms instead of traditional grade levels include an improvement in the child’s self-esteem and better prepares students for how society and the workforce operates.

The academy is a consolidation of catholic schools in Ottawa.  It’ll start after this school year ends.

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New, lower listing price for Mirror Building

Posted by wlpo on May 6, 2010

A new, reduced listing price for the Mirror Building in Peru.

City officials decided Wednesday night to drop the asking price from $880,000 to $735,000, a $145,000 decrease.
It’s been on the market for several years, but hasn’t attracted a taker. It recently appraised for $590,000.

It’s listed by a group of agents in Peru.  Alderman Jack O’beirn, a real estate agent, abstained from voting.

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