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Archive for January 22nd, 2011

State Moving Ahead With Vermilion River Re-opening

Posted by wlpo on January 22, 2011

The push continues to reopen the Vermilion River in Oglesby to recreation.

The state accepted bids yesterday on safety improvements to the low-head dam where a drowning happened that led to Buzzi Unicem closing off its stretch of the river because of liability issues.  A company from Tremont has submitted the lowest bid for the dam work at 160 thousand dollars.

DNR officials have said they hope to have the stretch of river ready for kayakers, rafters and canoeists this year.

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Peru woman’s condition improves after two-vehicle crash

Posted by wlpo on January 22, 2011

A day after a crash that left a woman from Peru injured, her condition is improving.  Mary Jessica Zalazar is considered in good condition at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  She was considered serious Thursday night.

Zalazar was taken Peoria after a crash Thursday afternoon at the bottom of the hill on Route 251 at the intersection with Ben Samek Road.

Police say Zalazar stopped at the stop sign but pulled out into traffic on Route 251 and was hit by an SUV driven by Lynn Neill of Oglesby.  Zalazar was ticketed for not yielding at a stop intersection.

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Fish In Some Area Waterways Could Be Contaminated

Posted by wlpo on January 22, 2011

A couple area streams are on an advisory list for fish.

Bureau Creek in Bureau County and the Fox River in La Salle County are on the 2011 Sports Fish Consumption Advisory put out by the department of public health.  The state has taken samples from Bureau Creek and the Fox River and determined there’s a low-level exposure to pesticides and chemicals.

The advisories for both involve carp and channel catfish.  Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon Arnold says the advisory isn’t meant to discourage people from eating fish, “but should be used as a guideline to help decide the types of fish to eat and how often.”

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New Head Doctor At IVCH

Posted by wlpo on January 22, 2011

Dr. Robert Mitchell is the new president of the Illinois Valley Community Hospital medical staff.

As an orthopedic surgeon, Mitchell has been part of the IVCH medical staff since 2000.  He will serve a two-year term.  Dr. Mark Fernandez is the new staff vice-president and Dr. Elizabeth Damron is the new secretary-treasurer.

Mitchell is taking over the presidency from Dr. Mario Cote.

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