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Oglesby Summer Fun Fest to include carnival, music and food

Posted by wlpo on June 26, 2013

           A carnival is coming to Oglesby and if you can’t handle a ride on the Tilt-a-Whirl anymore don’t worry; there will plenty of entertainment for both children and adults.

          Oglesby Summer Fun Fest really gets underway Thursday at the swimming pool near the Elk’s Lodge.  There you’ll find food stands, rides, and a beer garden.  The music includes a Johny Cash tribute performance at 8pm.

          During the afternoon, a farmer’s market will be set up downtown from 3-6pm.

          Citywide garage sales will be Friday and Saturday mornings.  The Art Sarver Memorial 3 Mile Run is Saturday morning.  Dreamwave Wrestling and a wine tasting are Sunday.       

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Food pantry needs cereal

Posted by wlpo on June 26, 2013

What do kids like to have for breakfast?  Cereal.  The Hall Township Food Pantry is running low on cereal.  If you could spare a couple of boxes it would be appreciated.  Next to cereal, the pantry could use hamburger.

The pantry sees an increase demand for food during the summer while kids are out of school.  Donations can be left at the pantry on North Terry Street.

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Fire Guts Trailer In Streator

Posted by wlpo on June 26, 2013

A couple and their five dogs are okay after a mobile home fire in south Streator.

The call for mutual aid came just after 8 yesterday morning for a trailer fire at Carriage Lane Estates in Streator.  The couple living at the home, Rhonda Miller and Andy Adamchak along with their dogs were able to get out safely.  The inside of their home was gutted.

The couple and their animals are now getting assistance from the Red Cross.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Earlville Celebrating 150 Years Of Existence

Posted by wlpo on June 26, 2013

Happy 150th birthday to Earlville!

The town is celebrating the milestone with a four-day party starting Thursday with Little Miss and Mister Earlville pageants, kid’s activities, and a street dance.  Friday’s festivities include live music, a dinner, beer garden, car show and a street dance.  Earlville’s 150th party continues Saturday with kid’s games, a craft show, water fights and a pork chop dinner.

The party wraps up Sunday with a community breakfast and church service before the Earlville 150th parade in the afternoon.

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Bill Brady Will Run Again For Governor

Posted by wlpo on June 26, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) – State Sen. Bill Brady is making a third bid to be Illinois governor.

The Bloomington Republican writes on his campaign website Tuesday that he isn’t giving up on Illinois despite the state’s serious fiscal challenges. He plans to formally announce the move today at appearances across the state. He’ll start in Chicago and end the day at a Bloomington restaurant.

Brady joins an already crowded 2014 Republican field. Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa and Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner both have already announced bids in the March 8 primary.

Brady narrowly emerged as the Republican primary victor in 2010. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn defeated him by less than one percent of 3.6 million votes.

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Rummage sale to benefit man recovering from kidney and liver failure

Posted by wlpo on June 25, 2013

What happens when one of the people working to help others in the community needs help?  You hold a benefit rummage sale.

A sale is being held later this week to raise money for Arnie Watkins, the manager of Illinois Valley Food and Deli.  He’s been hospitalized since late March after suffering kidney and liver failure.  After undergoing a kidney and liver transplant, he remains hospitalized in serious condition.

Watkins was involved with the United Way board and local Relay for Life.

You can browse the rummage sale Thursday through Saturday at the Zion UCC Church in Peru.  The sale will be open from 8am-3pm each day.

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Cinotte leaves IVCC

Posted by wlpo on June 25, 2013

The women’s basketball program at Illinois Valley Community College has lost its head coach. 

Pat Cinotte has stepped down as the coach of the Lady Eagles.  The college made the announcement Tuesday and says a search to replace Cinotte has already begun.

Cinotte was with IVCC for four years, leading two teams to the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament.

The college says Cinotte left because of a cut in tuition waivers for athletics and a freeze on head coaching salaries. 

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Fire Damages Basement In Peru

Posted by wlpo on June 25, 2013

An early morning basement fire in Peru is under investigation.

Peru firefighters got a call just after five Tuesday morning for a basement fire in the 1900 block of Seventh Street.  It was in the home of Ron and Pam Dunkel.  No one was home at the time of the fire.

Firefighters were on scene for a couple hours.  They contained the fire to the basement.

The cause is under investigation.

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Spring Valley Prepping For New Bridge

Posted by wlpo on June 25, 2013

Spring Valley is willing to install lights and sidewalks on the new Route 89 bridge, but with a catch.

According to the NewsTribune, Mayor Walt Marini says the city could pay 20 percent of sidewalk costs and all the costs for lighting leading to the new bridge.  Marini says the city will have to get a state grant to help pay.

The total cost of the lighting and sidewalks is around 140 thousand dollars.  The new sidewalk would run from the new Barto Landing entrance towards Illinois Street.

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Monday’s Storm Roundup

Posted by wlpo on June 24, 2013

The latest round of thunderstorms left behind plenty of damage across the area.

Storm reports started coming in around 4:30 with grain bins blown over in Amboy, power lines knocked down in Mendota and trees toppled in places like Sublette, Princeton, La Moille, Van Orin and Troy Grove.  On the interstates, a semi was blown over near Tonica on Interstate 39 at 5 o’clock with a semi overturned on Interstate 80 in Peru just minutes past 5.

In Sandwich, the weather service says a tree fell on top of a car but no one was hurt.  Towards the Quad Cities, a mile long, 50-yard wide tornado was reported in Atkinson just after 4 Monday afternoon.

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