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Archive for April, 2012

Jenky Will Give New Ottawa Hospital Name His Blessing

Posted by wlpo on April 29, 2012

The name Ottawa Regional Hospital & Healthcare Center will be no longer in a matter of hours.

The hospital will officially become OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center at a dedication and blessing Tuesday morning at 10.  Bishop Daniel Jenky will be at the hospital to give the blessing.

Negotiations for a merger began in 2010.  ORH Director of Marketing Karen Brodbeck says finances played a role in the merger. She says hospital employees will keep their jobs after the merger and keep the same seniority.

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Teen Accused Of Forging Several Checks In Mendota

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2012

A teen from Mendota is accused of using several phony checks.

Brennan Cassidy was arrested Friday on a La Salle County Warrant for felony forgery.  Investigators say he was arrested after an investigation into numerous reports of forged checks written in the Mendota area.

Cassidy was taken to the county jail on 30 thousand dollars bond.

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UFO Enthusiasts Will Gather In Utica

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2012

As one famous sci-fi television show once said, “the truth is out there”.  People trying to find the truth about unidentified flying objects will descend on Starved Rock.

The statewide meeting of the Illinois chapter of MUFON, or Mutual UFO Network is next Saturday at Starved Rock Lodge.  Speakers will include a Hollywood producer, UFO historians and authors and an open forum for people to give their account of UFO sightings.

Chapter President Sam Maranto is among those who’ve seen a UFO.  He says his colleagues shouldn’t be confused with Trekkies or Star Wars geeks. He says they are investigators, not believers.

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Congressman Wants To Hear Your Gas Price Gripes

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2012

Got a beef about gas prices?  Share them with your congressman in Ottawa.

Republican Adam Kinzinger is hosting a town hall meeting Monday night about gas prices.  The discussion will start at 7 inside Ottawa City Hall.

Before the Ottawa get together, Kinzinger will have a 1:40 tour of Transco Products in Streator followed by a three o’clock tour of Home Depot in Peru.

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Home Prices Tick Up In The Valley

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2012

The going rate for homes in the listening area is pretty similar to what they were a year ago.

The average selling price of a home in La Salle County in March was over 97 thousand dollars, a one percent increase from 2011.  In Bureau County, the average price of a sold home was over 88 thousand dollars, a two percent increase from last year.  For Putnam County, the average selling price was 147 thousand dollars, a 200 percent increase from last year.

More homes have been sold this year in La Salle and Bureau County’s than last year but numbers are down in Putnam County.

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Old Jimmy Johns Torn Down In Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on April 27, 2012

The last building standing from the Jordan Block fire in Ottawa is no longer around.

The old Jimmy Johns building on the east end of the downtown block was torn down Thursday morning.  It most recently housed the Community House of Arts in Ottawa, or CHOAS.  CHOAS has since partnered with the Ottawa YMCA.

The city still hasn’t come up with a specific idea for redeveloping the Jordan Block which was hit with a huge fire 14 years ago.

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Arson Case Delayed For Westclox Teen

Posted by wlpo on April 27, 2012

The potential trial for a teen accused of setting Westclox on fire has been pushed back.

During a hearing yesterday, lawyers said that 17-year old Steven Gallacher of La Salle is looking for a private attorney instead of having the public defender.  So a May 21st trial date is scratched and Gallacher’s next hearing isn’t until May 31st.

Gallacher is accused of going into Westclox New Year’s Eve night and setting the middle building ablaze.  A 15-year old teen from Peru was charged along with him.  He’s since pled guilty to arson and was given probation and community service.

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Runnin’ And Wrasslin’ For Charity In Princeton

Posted by wlpo on April 27, 2012

Walk, run and wrestle all in the name of charity.

The Easter Seals of La Salle & Bureau Counties is hosting a half-marathon, walk, and kiddie fun run Saturday morning.  The marathon begins and ends at Zearing Park in Princeton.  Other activities like bounce houses and baseball/softball clinics are also at Zearing Park.

Saturday at 5 is when wrestling begins at the Bureau County Fairgrounds.  La Salle favorite Steve Boz is among those scheduled to wrestle in Princeton.  Tickets are 10 dollars a person.

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St. Bede Academy Raising Money For Tuition Assistance

Posted by wlpo on April 27, 2012

Sip on a glass of Glenda the Good Witch punch while bidding on sports tickets, travel deals and more during the St. Bede Academy Auction and dinner.

The auction is the largest fundraiser for the academy with proceeds going to off-setting tuition costs for students.  Their goal is 200 thousand dollars.

All of the events are on campus.  The auction begins with a mass at 5pm.  Doors will open at 5:30pm.  Tickets are 90 dollars and should be reserved no later than today.

The Friday night preview event includes a beer and wine tasting, a silent auction, and live mini-auction.  It runs from 6:30-9pm.  Admission is 10 dollars.

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More Homes Moving Off The Market

Posted by wlpo on April 27, 2012

Home sales are doing quite well in La Salle County.

According to the Illinois Association of REALTORS, 78 homes were sold in March in La Salle County, up from 62 the month before.  Home sales in 2012 in La Salle County are up 35 percent from last year.

In Bureau County, 17 homes were sold in March, down from 19 in February.  For the year, home sales are up 8 percent in Bureau County.

In Putnam County, four homes were sold in March compared to three in March of 2011.  For the whole year, home sales are down 13 percent in Putnam County.

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