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Recent Ottawa Grad Drafted To Major Leagues

Posted by wlpo on June 7, 2011

Another area baseball player will get a shot at playing in the major leagues.

Corey Kimes was selected in the 18th Round of the Major League Baseball Draft Tuesday by the Minnesota Twins.  The left handed pitcher is a 2008 graduate of Ottawa High School.

Kimes just finished his junior season at the University of Illinois.  He led the Illini to the NCAA tournament.

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New Oglesby Water Tower Almost Ready

Posted by wlpo on June 7, 2011


If the rain holds off, the new water tower for Oglesby should get painted this week.

Commissioner Dennis Yborra says outside painting is going on this week as workers sandblasted, painted and primed the inside of the new tower last week.  If the weather permits, Yborra says the new water tower behind the old iron removal plant should go online early next month.  The tower will be painted a few different shades of blue and have the word Oglesby facing into town.

The city is using bonds from the federal stimulus money to pay for the new tower.

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Area Workers Give City Park A Facelift

Posted by wlpo on June 7, 2011

After enduring floodwaters year after year, Allen Park in Ottawa could use a good cleaning job.  Volunteers from an Ottawa company have stepped up to the plate.

Over 20 workers from SABIC Innovative Plastics power washed the park’s shelters, playground equipment, and bathrooms.  The volunteers also cleared weeds, painted bathrooms and playground equipment, planted flowers and even replaced decaying picnic table legs.

Public Property Commissioner Dan Aussem thanked the group at last night’s city council meeting saying the city doesn’t have the manpower themselves to do what the SABIC volunteers did.

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Blago tries, fails to shake prosecutor’s hand

Posted by wlpo on June 7, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – A prosecutor has refused to shake Rod Blagojevich’s hand as the ousted Illinois governor finished seven days of testimony at his corruption retrial.

Reid Schar grilled Blagojevich on the witness stand over three days of sometimes combative cross-examination.

But when Blagojevich approached Schar after stepping off the stand for the last time Tuesday afternoon, Schar turned away in an apparent snub directly in front of jurors.

Judge James Zagel told jurors not to read anything into Schar’s refusal to shake hands, saying it was protocol for prosecutors not to interact with defendants in any way once they’re off the stand.

Blagojevich left the courthouse without speaking to reporters, though he did stop to shake hands with well-wishers outside. He hasn’t spoken publicly since taking the stand.

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A new abbot named for St. Bede Abbey

Posted by wlpo on June 7, 2011

A new abbot has been chosen for St. Bede Abbey.  Father Philip Davey was elected by members of the monastic community Tuesday to replace Abbot Claude Peifer.  Peifer held the position for an eight-year term before resigning Monday.

Davey is the eighth abbot of St. Bede Abbey.

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Volleyball, wrestling, and food planned for Celebrate La Salle

Posted by wlpo on June 7, 2011

If you have kids that like games and wrestling, they’ll find something to do at Celebrate La Salle.  The festival returns for a second year at Hegeler Park Friday evening.

Dan Burke is one of the volunteers putting it together.  He says it’s designed for families.

There is a charity volleyball tournament Friday night and Saturday afternoon.  Teams are being accepted.

Dreamwave Wrestling is Friday from 6pm-8:30pm.  Saturday includes the La Salle Idol Contests from 1pm-6pm and a craft and vending fair from noon-5pm.

Sunday includes a motorcycle show, Bingo featuring State Representative Frank Mautino, and a charity bags tournament.

There will also be a variety of food stands, live music and a beer garden.  Celebrate La Salle runs Friday through Sunday.  You can find out how to sign up for the volleyball and bags tournament by listening to an interview available at the AM 1220 WLPO news page.

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Utica Fire Chief Concerned About String Of Arsons

Posted by wlpo on June 7, 2011

Utica firefighters are dealing with their third arson case in four months.

Fire Chief Gary Gbur says Saturday night’s fire of an old restaurant at the Route 71 and Route 178 intersection was intentionally set.  The chief is working with area law enforcement officials and the state fire marshall’s office to catch who set this fire and two others.  Gbur says a house fire on 2803rd Road in February and a barn fire on the same road in April are also being investigated as arson.

Gbur says he’s very concerned from a public safety standpoint because someone could be inside when the next building is set on fire.

If you have information about any of these three Utica fires, call the state arson hotline.  The number is 800-252-2947.

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Blagojevich Back On Stand

Posted by wlpo on June 7, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is testifying for a seventh day at his corruption retrial.

Prosecutors resumed their cross-examination today and are expected to try once again to discredit Blagojevich’s testimony in jurors’ eyes. A sometimes feisty Blagojevich has tried to hold his own against often blistering cross-examination by prosecutor Reid Schar.

Prosecutors haven’t said how much more time they’ll need to finish their cross-examination. On Monday, they asked Blagojevich about all the main allegations, so they could begin winding down soon. Schar repeatedly tried to use Blagojevich’s own words against him.

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