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U-Way book collection

Posted by wlpo on April 24, 2011

United Way of the Illinois Valley is attempting to get books into the hands of lower income families. Kick-off is 9:30 Saturday as grade school students will decorate collection boxes at the United Way office. The boxes will be distributed across the Valley to Dimmick Grade School, Eureka Savings Bank, Lock 16 office, Kid’s Place in LaSalle, Mendota Senior Center, Illini State Bank in Tonica, Tonica Grade School, First Federal Bank, The Girl Scout office and others. You and other residents are invited to drop off new or gently used books at any of the above locations. Books will be sorted and cleaned before being distributed June 18th. Reserve a spot for this Saturday’s art day at the United Way in LaSalle by calling 223-83 39.

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Convoy against Cancer in Peru 5-7

Posted by wlpo on April 24, 2011

The “Convoy against Cancer” brings in all kinds of new and restored trucks to the Pine Cone Restaurant in north Peru May 7. Organizer Phil Hocking is putting together the ninth show displaying cranes, wreckers, and redi-mix and fire trucks – some coming from as far as Peoria and Dixon. The truck registration fee and any proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Local businesses have donated door prizes and silent auction items. Food, a DJ, drawings and T-shirts will be offered. It’s free to the public and if you want to enter a truck into the show, call Hocking at 894-20 – 92.

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LP testing for Juniors

Posted by wlpo on April 24, 2011

State mandated tests for LP High School juniors means a revised schedule Wednesday and Thursday. The Prairie State Achievement Exam will start promptly at 8am each day with juniors dismissed at 12:20pm Wednesday and 10:45am Thursday. Juniors need to report each day prior to 8 and can enjoy a complimentary breakfast as early as 7. Freshman, Sophomore and Seniors will have NO school Wednesday BUT will have a three hour day at Noon Thursday. Lunches will not be served either day. The schedule is at lphs.net. Students were also given a different bus schedule for the two days.

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Engle Lane Theatre open house

Posted by wlpo on April 24, 2011

One point three million dollar in reconstruction has brought back a storm damaged theatre facility. The board of the Engle Lane Theatre in Streator is opening its doors at Noon this coming Sunday for rededication and tours. Season ticket holders and the public are invited. Engle Lane Theatre season tickets are on sale covering six shows. The price is forty dollars. The first production is “Pop” the week of May 22 and directed by Vice President Doug Bartelt. Seven hundred volunteer hours were invested to rebuild the theatre. Vissering Construction of Streator oversaw the re-building.

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Easter celebrated

Posted by wlpo on April 24, 2011

Christians from around the world are celebrating Easter Sunday in Jerusalem, marking the day of Jesus’ resurrection in the holy city two millennia ago. Orthodox Christians and Roman Catholics held ceremonies at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, revered as the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial and of his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

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New State Police crime lab

Posted by wlpo on April 24, 2011

Illinois State Police officials say a new planned lab in Southern Illinois will enhance the agency’s ability for forensic science analysis. State officials say the $37.8 million dollar lab in Belleville is expected to be constructed by late 2012. State police spokesman Isaiah Vega says the facility will help alleviate a backlog of about 8600 tests. That includes DNA and forensic biology tests, among others.

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Mom is still missing

Posted by wlpo on April 24, 2011

Police are searching for a northern Illinois mother of two who went missing more than a week ago. Authorities say 34-year-old Melissa Ann Best of Round Lake Park took out the ingredients for dinner on April 15, dropped her daughter at a friend’s house, then vanished. Surveillance video from a nearby pizza parlor shows Best’s minivan driving to and leaving the home of her daughter’s friend. But there has been no sign of her or the van since then. Police Chief George Filenko says the search is more difficult because Best didn’t have a cell phone or credit cards, so there’s no way to track her electronically. He says it’s out of character for Best not to contact her children for more than a week.

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Redistricting meetings

Posted by wlpo on April 24, 2011

An Illinois House committee will hold a public legislative redistricting hearing Monday at the state capitol in Springfield to discuss drawing legislative boundaries. The hearing is one of at least 15 the House Redistricting Committee will host across the state. The Senate Redistricting Committee will also hold a hearing Tuesday in Yorkville. Various groups have been invited to the hearings. The legislative map is redrawn every ten years based on new U.S. Census data. With Democrats in control in Springfield, it’s likely newly drawn districts will be Democrat friendly.

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