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Barge terminal for new sand mine receives county approval

Posted by wlpo on July 12, 2012

It took a few months longer than they had hoped but Mississippi Sand has a barge terminal outside Ottawa.

The La Salle County Board Thursday unanimously approved a special use permit for American River Transportation Company, a part of ADM to ship sand on the Illinois River.  ADM had to agree to several conditions including paving their entrance off Route 71, planting trees and shrubs as a noise barrier, and offering a land value guarantee.  The conditions are because a husband and wife near the proposed terminal are concerned about noise, truck traffic and loss of property value.

Two months ago, the county board denied a zoning change for the sand terminal.  Most board members didn’t like a zoning change since they would have little control over what type of business could use the land after ADM.

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Affordable housing charity bike trip spends the night in Peru

Posted by wlpo on July 12, 2012

Home construction is hard work, so is riding your bicycle 100 miles in a day.  That’s what volunteers with the group Bike and Build have been doing as they bike from Providence, Rhode Island to Seattle, Washington.  Their journey took them to St. Joseph’s Hall in Peru Wednesday.

Neil Curran of Redding, California is one of 31 people making the trip.  He says they’re trying to create and promote affordable housing.  Many of their projects are with Habitat for Humanity. Before spending the night in Peru they were working on two homes in Bloomington.  He says they’ve worked on five houses since leaving Rhode Island on June 15.

Curran says the hardest part of the ride is spending up to six hours on your bike a day.  They left Peru early Thursday on a 100 mile ride to Clinton, Iowa.  They’re scheduled to reach Seattle on August 21.

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Missing Streator boy found safet

Posted by wlpo on July 12, 2012

The parents of the missing 13-year old boy from Streator can breathe again.  Police tracked down the boy Thursday  morning after receiving a phone call.

Streator Police put out a missing person’s alert earlier this morning for Mason Corbin.  He hadn’t been seen since Wednesday afternoon.

By noon Corbin was at the police department and was safe.

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Oglesby Woman Accused Of Kneeing Officer In Groin

Posted by wlpo on July 12, 2012

Want to get yourself in big trouble? Punch a cop and kick another one in the groin.

Denise Dumont was arrested her house yesterday afternoon for assault.  She’s accused of attacking someone.

Dumont then allegedly made things a lot worse by punching a cop and kneeing another officer in the groin.  She was then charged with aggravated battery and resisting arrest.

Dumont was taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Crash Near Lacon Kills Motorcycle Rider

Posted by wlpo on July 12, 2012

A woman from Peoria is dead after a motorcycle crash in Marshall County.

According to deputies, Kevin Sibling of Peoria was on Route 26 Tuesday afternoon south of Lacon when he swerved to avoid a car driven by David Dunn of Lacon.  When Sibling swerved, a woman riding with him was thrown off the bike.  She was flown to St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria where she died.  Her name isn’t being released.  Sibling was also taken to Peoria but was treated and released.

Dunn told police he went into Sibling’s lane of traffic to avoid hitting a deer.  He was ticketed for improper lane use.  Dunn wasn’t hurt.

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Major Road Project Almost Done In Utica

Posted by wlpo on July 12, 2012

Driven through Utica lately?  What did you think of the new stretch of Route 178?

According to the NewsTribune, the Illinois Department of Transportation is expected to be completely done with the realignment around downtown Utica this week.  The project started two years ago in trying to take truck traffic out of the downtown.

The brand new intersection and overpass with Route 178 and Interstate 80 is also part of the same state project.

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Mixed Reviews For Asian Carp At Taste

Posted by wlpo on July 12, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) – Chefs at the Taste of Chicago have turned an environmental pest into lunch.

Festival visitors got a chance Wednesday to munch on free sliders made of Asian carp, the invasive species poised to invade the Great Lakes. The verdict? Mike Santay, a 50-year-old Chicagoan, says the slider wasn’t overwhelming fishy, but didn’t taste like chicken either.

Others were even less impressed. Cynthia Brandes called it a “poor man’s crab cake,” adding it would likely be the first and last time it passes her lips.

State officials have been trying to change the perception of the fish, calling it a nutritious food that could become a consumer item.

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