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Archive for March, 2014

Emergency workers continue recovery efforts

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2014

More than a week after a mudslide destroyed a mountainside community north of Seattle, the number of people believed missing has decreased substantially.

Authorities yesterday lowered the number of missing from 90 to 30. The official death toll is 18 but that only includes identified victims.

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Weigh-In today concludes Wall-Eye Tourney

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2014

The proof will be weighed this afternoon at Barto Landing. It’s the latest edition of the “Spring Valley Walleye Tourney” now in its second day.

The tourney seems to draw well. Shuttles will be running from Hall High School if you want to be present to watch the “weigh in” starting about 4 this afternoon.

On-line results yesterday had Ryan Feldott of Spring Valley and Chris Payne of Oglesby in sixth place with fish weighing 11 lbs and 9 oz. Weighing this afternoon determines the winner.

Last year, the team of Clayton Freiburger and Mike Bisdorf won $20,000. Some of the fishing teams this weekend may be battling for berths in the MWC Nationals on Lake Erie in October of 2015.

 

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Local High School getting attention on TV

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2014

Whether the Ottawa Township High School Board wants the attention or not, “Dirty Jobs” star Mike Rowe is talking up the board’s recent action to dump its’ “Building Trades” program and teacher Dave Keely.

Rowe talked about his admiration for the Ottawa student protestors when he talked Friday with Charles Payne of the Fox Business Channel by saying he’s never seen a group of kids protest the dropping of a shop class.  Rowe says he’s trying to get the word out that the nation needs more building trades programs.

Rowe’s “Dirty Jobs” TV show allowed him to get dirty feeding pigs and even test shark suits and shark repellents. His “Discovery Show” was cancelled in 2012…but, he is working to start a similar show.

 

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Home, Garden and Lifestyle show is today

Posted by wlpo on March 30, 2014

Good Spring weather is expected today and you can make your time outdoors even better by visiting our “Home, Garden and Lifestyle” show.

Between 10 and four today at Celebrations 150, meet forty vendors with information to better your property and life inside and out. You can register to win four thousand dollars to spend with any of the participating businesses. Remodeling, installing, waterproofing, landscaping and more will be represented among the vendors.

“Classic Hits 103-9 WLPO”, 99-3 WAJK and “96-5 The Wolf” will be broadcasting from the show.

 

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Bridge replacement to affect County Highway 19

Posted by wlpo on March 29, 2014

A road leading in and out of Mendota will be closed at First Creek. Work begins Wednesday to replace the bridge carrying County Highway 19 at First Creek. It is being replaced with a box culvert.

Work is expected to last until mid June. A detour won’t be posted.

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Oglesby Police arrest man for drugs

Posted by wlpo on March 29, 2014

Heroin and a small amount of marijuana is what police say they found on a man from Tonica. Matthew Redshaw was arrested by Oglesby Police Friday night at a business on Lewis Avenue.
Redshaw was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia and was taken to the La Salle County Jail.

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Illinois Gov. Quinn honors life of Cesar Chavez

Posted by wlpo on March 29, 2014

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CHICAGO (AP) – Gov. Pat Quinn is honoring the life of Cesar Chavez, the activist whose personal story is the subject of a new film.
Quinn on Friday encouraged Illinois residents to learn about Chavez and the causes he championed. The Chicago Democrat also declared Monday Cesar Chavez day in Illinois.
Chavez was a cotton picker and U.S. Navy veteran who formed the United Farm Workers and led a fight for fair wages and civil rights.
Quinn says he’ll always remember meeting Chavez in 1974. He says the Mexican-American activist’s message of “juntos podemos” – which translates to “together we can” – has stayed with him.
Quinn says the new film, titled “Cesar Chavez,” reminds people of the value of service and that “history is made one painful step at a time.”

 

 

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Illinois Conservation Police adds new officers

Posted by wlpo on March 29, 2014

When trouble arises on the water or in a state park, an Illinois Conservation Police officer will be there. A new officers were celebrated at graduation ceremony Friday.
Among them were John Farber of Morris and Scott Wagner of Malden. Conservation Police officers also respond to calls in fish and wild life areas.

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IVCC staff fundraiser raises money for GED testing

Posted by wlpo on March 28, 2014

The cost of getting a GED increased by $70 this year, an amount that’s a hardship for some people hoping to move forward with their education.

Staff members at Illinois Valley Community College noticed this challenge and used their annual support staff service project to raise approximately $1,300 to help 11 students afford the test. GED testing costs $120.

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Area firefighters raise money for St. Balderick’s

Posted by wlpo on March 28, 2014

Sunday is predicted to be sunny with a high in the low 60’s- good weather for someone with a shaved head. Several teams have signed up to participate in a St. Baldrick’s fundraiser Sunday at Senica’s Oak Ridge in La Salle. The Utica Fire Protection District is the host team and several other area fire departments are participating.

The top teams so far are Peru Fire, Carus Purple Power and the Utica Fire Protection District. This year’s fundraising goal is $20,000. If you want to help their cause but keep your hair, they’ll accept donations. They will also have raffles and a 50/50. The event is from 12pm-3pm Sunday.

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