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IDOT explains plans for new Spring Valley bridge

Posted by wlpo on April 9, 2014

You will be able to take Route 89 between Bureau and Putnam Counties even as a new bridge is built across the Illinois River. Engineers from the Illinois Department of Transportation displayed the latest plans for a new Route 89 bridge during a public hearing Wednesday at Spring Valley City Hall.

Mayor Walt Marini was there and said the city is lucky the bridge will remain open.  IDOT plans to build the new bridge to the east of the old one so you can still cross the river during construction.

Ted Fultz of IDOT says the next phase of the project is developing more detailed plans so they can go out for bids and acquiring land. He says it will be 18 to 24 months before they are ready for the final phase: construction.

The new bridge will be wider and the approaches will be elevated by several feet so hopefully flooding won’t be a problem.

If you have a comment about IDOT’s plans, they’ll be taking comments until April 24.

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L-P hoping youthful optimism means football success

Posted by wlpo on April 9, 2014

“A perfect fit”, that’s what 28-year old James Bragg calls his decision to become head football coach at L-P.

The L-P School Board approved Bragg as the coach and new physical education teacher during a special meeting Wednesday night. This is Bragg’s first head coaching job, he’s been an assistant coach at PORTA High School in Petersburg since 2008. Bragg says he is a fiery and passionate football coach and hopes to put L-P football back on the map, though he cautions it won’t happen overnight.

L-P Athletics and Activities Director D’Wayne Bates says Bragg was picked from around 30 applicants. The other two finalists were both from the suburbs.

Bates thinks Bragg can be a relationship builder with players which to him is just as important as “x’s and o’s”.

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Rezin backs disaster grant legislation

Posted by wlpo on April 9, 2014

Counties, cities and schools would be reimbursed for some of the cost of cleaning up after a disaster under a bill that has passed the Illinois Senate.

It allows the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to give disaster assistance grants for debris removal and emergency protective measures in counties declared a disaster area by the governor.

State Senator Sue Rezin, a Republican who represents La Salle County, is one of the co-sponsors.

The grants money would come from the Disaster Assistance to Local Governments Fund.   The House still needs to vote on it.

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Field and brush fires keep local departments busy Wednesday

Posted by wlpo on April 9, 2014

It’s a beautiful day to be working outside just be careful if you start a fire. Fire departments all over Bureau and La Salle Counties have been called Wednesday morning and afternoon to a variety of brush and field fires.

Serena and Wallace Fire Departments were called to a cornfield on fire west of Serena. A controlled near Malden grew out of control Wednesday morning requiring Malden and Princeton firefighters to arrive.  Sheridan was also called out to help Newark fire.

Dry fields combined with low humidity and a breeze makes it easy for fires to spread.

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IVCC English teacher wins prestigious award

Posted by wlpo on April 9, 2014

It’s always nice to be noticed for your hard work.

English instructor Nora Villarreal has won this year’s teaching excellence award at Illinois Valley Community College. She was nominated by an Honors Program student who said Villarreal “is constantly telling her students to go after what they want in life”. Faculty and counselors at IVCC also raved about Villarreal.

She’s an IVCC alum and lives in Tonica.

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Leaf vac will remain parked for the spring

Posted by wlpo on April 9, 2014

Buy a lawn waste bag and a sticker if you have leaves to get rid of in La Salle.  The leaf vac will not be making the rounds this spring.

A few people have been asking about the leaf vac but after talking about it Tuesday night, the city council and mayor decided to encourage bagging instead.

Alderman Tom Ptak thought it would not have been the best use of the workers’ time.  Mayor Jeff Grove agreed.

Yard waste bags are picked up on Mondays.  You should call Illinois Valley Waste to get on their yard waste pickup route.

The burning of yard waste in La Salle is banned.

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