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Archive for September 13th, 2012

Campground Developer Blamed For Large Utica Brush Fire

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2012

Rain could prove to be the best friend of area firefighters.

Utica, Naplate and Oglesby fire departments all handled a brush fire for the third day in a row yesterday along Dee Bennett Road.  Utica Fire Chief Gary Gbur says the original fire that destroyed 200 acres rekindled the past two days.  Yesterday’s flare up damaged power lines.

The original fire began Tuesday afternoon as a controlled burn that grew into a large fire that burned nearly 200 acres of brush and cattails.  Some of the burnt land is private some is state-owned.

Gbur says Starved Rock Adventures owner Bob Bishop is taking blame for starting the original fire.  He was apparently burning landscape waste.  Bishop is trying to open a campground near Starved Rock Marina.

As of Thursday, La Salle County Sheriff Tom Templeton says Bishop has not been ticketed.

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Hall Township Food Pantry in need of toilet paper

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2012

          Running out of toilet paper isn’t a pleasant experience.  Toilet paper is apparently in demand at the Hall Township Food Pantry in Spring Valley.

          Jan Martin is the Director of Project Success.  She says many people have been asking for toilet paper, while at the same time she’s noticed so much toilet paper being used to TP houses. 

          In addition to food, you’re welcome to drop off toilet paper.

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LPHS prepares for another Challenge Day

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2012

Kids can be cruel but a program at LP High School is proving that they can also be compassionate and honest.  Challenge Day is actually Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday next week.  Each day 100 sophomores, student leaders and adult volunteers will meet in the east gym.  They’ll participate in exercises designed to help them open up and better understand their classmates.

This is the third time for Challenge Day at LP.  Principal Deb Nelson says it is an emotional day but a positive experience.   She says the adult volunteers also learn from it.

One of the exercises is based on the MTV Show “If you really Knew Me.”  Students will be given two minutes to finish that sentence before the day ends.

More than 70 adult volunteers have signed up to participate.

You can learn more by listening to an interview available at the AM 1220 WLPO news page.

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Water main break in La Salle repaired

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2012

The water main break has been repaired and service has been restored for an area of La Salle that was without water  Thursday.

The large break affected areas of First, Second and Third Streets near Bucklin and Lafayette.  Crews had it repaired by 2:30pm.  There’s a boil order until further notice for that area.

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L-P Teacher Losing Job Over “Scouting Report Scandal”?

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2012

Someone will be leaving the staff of LP High School.  The Board of Education is having a special meeting at 5 today for a possible resignation.

School officials won’t confirm if the meeting is about former assistant football coach and track and field head coach Jake Burke.  Burke was put on paid leave last week as school officials tried to figure out who mailed the Cavalier football opponents scouting reports and player information.

The school board will meet in their meeting room instead of the library.

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Poverty Numbers In Illinois Unchanged From Last Year

Posted by wlpo on September 13, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The number of Illinoisans living in poverty stabilized in 2011.

U.S. Census data released Wednesday shows 1.8 million impoverished Illinoisans – about 14 percent. That’s virtually unchanged from the previous year.

The number has increased by 545,000 since the start of the current recession. Ten percent of Illinoisans were living in poverty in 2007.

The study says one in five children live in poverty.

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