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Limited Number Of People Can See The President

Posted by wlpo on August 15, 2011

First come, first serve to see President Barack Obama in Atkinson.

Tickets are free for Wednesday morning’s town hall meeting at Wyffels Hybrids in Atkinson.  There’s a limit of two tickets per person.

The president is due to roll into Atkinson late morning.  He also plans to stop in Alpha.

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Industrial expansion planned for Peru

Posted by wlpo on August 15, 2011

While you’ve been hearing grim forecasts for the economy, a local company has plans to expand.  It would also bring 25 new full-time jobs.  And that has the City of Peru trying for a grant through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Mayor Scott Harl says they can’t say which company is involved, only that for the city’s part they would need to make improvements to the sanitary sewer too process sludge differently.  The city would be on the hook for $868,351.

The expansion project is said to be a $33,397,314 investment.  Harl thinks they’ll hear back about the grant sometime in September.

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Roadside Baby Delivery In Bureau County

Posted by wlpo on August 15, 2011

While you were probably snoozing, a woman from Sheffield was delivering a baby on Route 6.

According to the NewsTribune, Jake Gould and Ashleigh Munson were on their way to St. Margaret’s Hospital when they pulled over in Seatonville.  Munson then delivered a baby girl at 4:12 Monday morning.

The couple and their baby eventually made it to St. Margaret’s and there were no complications.

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Sewer seperation work could resume soon in Peru

Posted by wlpo on August 15, 2011

If all goes as planned, you’ll soon see construction crews returning to Peru.  A check for $855,000 is being hand-delivered to T.J. Lambrecht Construction Tuesday morning.  Mayor Scott Harl thinks the payment will put the storm sewer separation work back in motion.  The contractor pulled off the jobs site a week and a half ago because of payment concerns.

The city has taken out a two million dollar revolving loan to make sure they can pay the contractor.  The city had been paying the contractor as they were being paid by the state but state payments fell behind.

Harl doesn’t think the stoppage has caused problems with the resurfacing of Route 6.

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Ketchup becomes issue at Chicago hot dog trial

Posted by wlpo on August 15, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Whether hot dogs should be served with ketchup has become an issue at a federal trial in Chicago involving the nation’s largest hot dog makers.

The civil trial that pits Sara Lee and Kraft began Monday.

Part of Sara Lee’s complaint is that Kraft based claims about having the nation’s tastiest hot dogs on allegedly flawed taste tests.

Sara Lee attorney Richard Leighton said one shortcoming was that participants couldn’t put condiments on their hot dogs.

Magistrate Judge Morton Denlow interrupted when Leighton suggested ketchup should have been among the condiments.

Denlow alluded to a rule among connoisseurs in the city to never to put ketchup on a Chicago-style hot dog.

When Leighton mentioned ketchup as a potential topping, Denlow said, “That’s an area of great dispute.”

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Longtime Area Politician Dies

Posted by wlpo on August 15, 2011

A former state representative from the area has died.

88 year old Betty Hoxsey of Serena Township died Sunday in Peru.  The Republican served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1977 thru 1982 representing the 38th District.  She was Vice-Chair of the Appropriations Committee while in office and also served on agriculture commissions in Springfield.

You can hear funeral service details for Betty Hoxsey during AM 1220 WLPO’s In Memoriam.

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Peru Y Getting Shined Up

Posted by wlpo on August 15, 2011

Upgrading equipment at the Illinois Valley YMCA means temporary closures.

Starting today, the wellness center, track, weight room and personal training room are closed for 156 thousand dollars in renovations.  Some of the weights will be moved to the youth gym.

Starting Friday, the Gym and Racquetball Courts will be closed a few days for refinishing.  And next Monday, the pool will close for two weeks.

Miller Group Charitable Trust is donating much of the 390 thousand dollars for the improvements.  Miller Group Media includes AM 1220 WLPO, 96.5 the Wolf, 99.3 WAJK, NewsTribune, Ottawa Delivered and Agri-news.

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Death In Bureau County Crash

Posted by wlpo on August 15, 2011

Running a stop sign proved fatal for a man driving in Bureau County.

25 year old Thomas Nelson of Dixon was killed after he ran a stop sign southeast of Ohio Saturday morning.  State Police say Nelson crashed into pickup driven by Bobbie Viktora of Ohio.

Viktora and two teenage passengers of Nelson were taken to St. Margaret’s Hospital.  Nelson’s passengers are from Sterling.

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Woman Hurt In Streator Crash

Posted by wlpo on August 15, 2011

Crossing the center line while driving is bound to create problems.

Deputies say Laura Nimke of Streator was on Route 18 west of Streator late Sunday morning when she crossed the center line and sideswiped Dianne Robertson, also of Streator.  Robertson was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment.

Nimke wasn’t hurt but was ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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Latest On Indiana State Fair Collapse

Posted by wlpo on August 15, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A timeline released by Indiana State Police shows Indiana State Fair staff contacted the National Weather Service multiple times before a strong wind blew over a stage and its rigging, killing five people at a Sugarland concert and injuring dozens of others.

The stage collapsed just before 9 p.m. Saturday as fans waited for the country music duo to take the stage. The timeline shows fair staff contacted the weather service four times between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. The weather service said at 8 p.m. that a storm with hail and 40 mph winds was expected to hit the fairgrounds at 9:15 p.m., and fair staff began making evacuation plans.

A gust of 60 to 70 mph hit the stage at 8:49 p.m.

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