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La Salle Council schedules working meeting for appropriations

Posted by wlpo on July 12, 2010

It’s appropriations time in La Salle.  To allow them extra time to go over their revenue and spending plan for the next fiscal year, the La Salle City Council is holding a working meeting next Monday at 6pm.  They plan to approve the appropriations at the following regular meeting.

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Power Outages Hit Two Area Towns

Posted by wlpo on July 12, 2010

Hundreds of Ameren customers were without power this afternoon in the Illinois Valley.

According to the company outage map, 382 customers in La Salle and 284 more in Utica were without power for much of the noon hour today.

No word yet from Ameren on the cause of the outages.

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Earlville Relay For Life Results

Posted by wlpo on July 12, 2010

The relay for life in Streator wasn’t the only American Cancer Society relay happening this year in La Salle County.

The first annual Upper Illinois Valley Relay for Life happened this past Saturday at Maple Leaf Park in Earlville.  Fourteen teams with a total of 81 people helped raise money for the American Cancer Society.  They ended up raising over 15 thousand dollars.

Jenna Hague with the American Cancer Society says people in northern La Salle County weren’t making the trip to Streator so they came up with the Upper Illinois Valley Relay.  She says they plan on bringing it back next year.

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Felony charge for parolee

Posted by wlpo on July 12, 2010

A man on parole is back in jail after police were called to his home over the weekend.

La Salle Police Officers went to Brandon Wyatt’s home Saturday night for domestic issues.  While in police custody, police say he damaged a jail cell cot and was arrested for felony criminal damage to property.  The Illinois Department of Corrections issued a parole violation warrant.  He’s on parole for an aggravated battery conviction.

And an additional charge is pending.  Wyatt was taken to the county jail.

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Oglesby Summer Fest volunteers needed

Posted by wlpo on July 12, 2010

Kid’s activities, bocci ball and other games are planned for Oglesby Summer Fun Fest.  And to make sure the events go smoothly, organizers need adult and teen volunteers.

They need volunteers for the Saturday morning activities which include a kiddie parade and bike safety rodeo.  Later that day, they’ll need volunteers at LeHigh Park to help with the children’s activities.

If you sign up in advance, you’ll get a T-shirt.

Oglesby Summer Fun Fest will be held July 23 and 24.

To volunteer, call Becky Clinard, 815-883- 9722.

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Parking and water ordinance on La Salle agenda

Posted by wlpo on July 12, 2010

La Salle City Council will be talking about some parking sign requests when they meet for a regular meeting Monday night.  They’ll also consider a revision of the water ordinance.  The council meets at7pm.

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Ottawa man taken to hospital after motorcycle crash

Posted by wlpo on July 12, 2010

Police think alcohol played a role in a motorcycle crash that sent a man from Ottawa to the hospital.

La Salle County Sheriff’s deputies say they found William McIntyre in a field near his wrecked motorcycle on a rural road in Earl Township just before 2am Sunday.  He was taken to the Valley West Hospital in Sandwich where he was charged with DUI, improper lane usage and not slowing down to avoid an accident.  He was given a notice to appear in court.

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Ottawa hosts state tourism and economic development officials

Posted by wlpo on July 12, 2010

Monday a group of state tourism and economic development officials will get a tour of Ottawa and a chance to see what the city’s doing to promote economic growth.

The group of visitor’s will include Warren Ribley, the Director of the Illinois Department of Economic Development and Jan Kostner, the Director of Tourism for the State of Illinois.

They’ll take a walking tour of the downtown making stops at the IVCC Ottawa Center and the blocks of La Salle Street where they’ve been planting flowers.

Kostner will also be taking a ride on the canal boat in La Salle to meet with La Salle County Tourism Coalition members.

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Tornado damaged homes being torn down and rebuilt

Posted by wlpo on July 12, 2010

If there’s anything positive to be made out of the tornado that hit Streator, it’s that it’s providing work to some area contractors.

Jeremy Palm is Streator’s city engineer and director of community development.  He says they’ve been issuing permits for demolition and reconstruction following the June 5 tornado that hit a south side neighborhood hard.

He says there is a lot of demolition work going on now.  In all 20 homes are being torn down and replaced.  The city’s set back requirements have changed since many of the homes were built.  He says fortunately all of the lots are large enough for rebuilding, but the old front yard set backs on Hall Street don’t meet today’s standards.  Rather than make homeowners pour new foundations, the city is allowing them to use the old established set back.

Palm says the work is being done by a lot of area contractors.  He believes if homeowners work with their insurance companies, they should be far enough in the rebuilding project, to have their new homes enclosed before bad weather comes.

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