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Resurfacing work to begin Monday in Princeton

Posted by wlpo on August 5, 2011

If you think the ride on Route 26-Route 34 in Princeton is a little rough, be patient and watch out for flaggers.  Crews from Advanced Asphalt will start ripping up the old surface and laying a new one Monday morning.

The $416,000 project will span from Peru Street to Clark Street.   Along the way they’ll also redo the sidewalk ramps.  The job should be completed by the end of September.


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Halloween Trial For Peru Stabbing Case

Posted by wlpo on August 5, 2011

If Robert Vasquez is superstitious, he can’t be excited that his trial is supposed to start on Halloween.

The 29 year old from Peru pled not guilty to attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery when in court yesterday.  Judge Cynthia Raccuglia wants his trial to start October 31st.

Vasquez is accused of stabbing a 15-year old girl several times last month at a home in Peru where he was staying.

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Special Olympics Dinner Raises Thousands Of Dollars

Posted by wlpo on August 5, 2011

Many of you showed your support for area Special Olympics athletes while having a night out.

Over 20 thousand dollars was raised Thursday night at The Starved Rock Area Special Olympics 9th annual fundraising auction and dinner.  The cash helps pay for the athletes to be a part of competitions.

96.5 The Wolf’s Cowboy was the MC at last night’s event.  It was presented by the Miller Group Charitable Trust and 96.5 The Wolf.  Miller Group Media includes AM 1220 WLPO, 96-5 the Wolf, and 99-3 WAJK along with the Newstribune and Agrinews.

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Streator Is Hottest Spot In Illinois

Posted by wlpo on August 5, 2011

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – If you thought it was really hot in Streator last month, the state has data to back it up.

The Illinois State Water Survey says it was a month of extremes with hot weather and heavy rains. The hottest July temperature was 105 degrees in Streator on July 25th. At least 38 places in Illinois hit 100 degrees or more during July.
Rain in Illinois didn’t show restraint either.

The water survey says the heaviest rain was in Galena. One site there reported a monthly total of more than 19 inches of rain. The middle part of the state was dry with commonly about 1 to 2 inches.

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Ex-Fire Chief In Peru Battling Cancer

Posted by wlpo on August 5, 2011

A former Peru fire chief is battling cancer and his colleagues are doing their best to help.

A cancer benefit for firefighter Gary Eccles is planned for tomorrow at Centennial Park in Peru.  Eccles has been diagnosed with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Cancer, which is a rare type of cancer that often occurs in the head and neck, particularly in the salivary glands.

The benefit runs from one until nine.  Tickets are 20 dollars a person with proceeds going to the Eccles family.  Kids 12 and younger are free.

The benefit will have food, drinks, live music and fire department water fights.

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