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Operation Prom-ise to be shown Wednesday at LPHS

Posted by wlpo on April 27, 2014

The short film Operation Prom-ise doesn’t have gratuitous nudity or violence but it still might be uncomfortable to watch with your teenager. It stars local high school students and offers a realistic and graphic portrayal of a drinking related crash during which someone is killed.

Deb Nelson is the principal at LP High School. She says kids need to be reminded to make smart choices.

You will likely recognize many of the film’s performers. The cast includes La Salle County Coroner Jody Bernard and States Attorney Brian Towne along with local police officers and emergency responders. Even the tow truck driver is actually a tow truck driver.

The film will be shown at 6:30pm Wednesday in LP’s auditorium. It’s free to watch. Copies of the video will be on sale. Nelson recommends the film for junior and high school students but says it maybe too much for younger children.

Learn more about it by listening to an interview that’s up on the WLPO AM and FM news page.

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Peru Cub and Boy Scouts to host a recruitment night

Posted by wlpo on April 27, 2014

There are countless activities for young boys to become involved. One that’s been around for generations is scouting. The Peru Cub Scout and Boy Scouts are looking for new members.

Cub Scouting is for boys first through fifth grades while Boy Scouting is for boys sixth through twelfth grades.

Learn about what your son can experience as a scout during a recruitment night at 6:30pm Tuesday at the First Congregational Church of Peru.

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Med marijuana hearings planned

Posted by wlpo on April 27, 2014

   Illinois health officials are planning 2 public hearings on proposed rules affecting patients who want to use medical marijuana.
 
     The state’s medical marijuana program is a 4-year pilot project. The rules under consideration affect how adult patients with specific health conditions will be able to buy marijuana.
 
     Hearings will be held in Chicago and Springfield. The Chicago hearing will be at the Thompson Center starting at 9:30 a.m. May 5. The Springfield hearing will be on the University of Illinois Springfield campus at 9 a.m. May 21.
 
     The proposed rules were published in the Illinois Register on April 18. That marked the start of a formal rulemaking process and a public comment period. The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules begins its review in early June.

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Ottawa Township BOE meeting tommorrow

Posted by wlpo on April 27, 2014

     Usually a school Board meeting is not a big deal to most, but Ottawa Township HIgh School is an exception.

     It’s been a month since students protested the firing of Building Trades instructor Dave Keely. And, the Board of Education has its first official meeting, since taking that action, tommorrow night at 6:30. The agenda doesn’t indicate anything unusual..but, protestors are anticipated and may speak. There is a time for public comment and the board has a closed session planned.

 

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Fire burns hundreds of acres in La Salle County

Posted by wlpo on April 27, 2014

A controlled burn grew out of hand in La Salle County.   Earlville Fire Chief Larry Todd says they used 15,000 gallons of water while putting out the field fire Saturday.  180 acres were burned southeast of Earlville.  Serena Fire provided a brush truck and tanker.

 

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Mass celebrates new Saints

Posted by wlpo on April 27, 2014

    The leader of the Chicago’s Catholic faithful will celebrate a special Mass today in honor of the 2 popes being declared saints.

    Cardinal Francis George was unable to travel to Rome for today’s canonizations of popes John Paul the Second and John the 23rd because of his treatment for cancer. But he will celebrate the special Mass at 5:15 p.m. today at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral.

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Ironic death amidst Chicago violence

Posted by wlpo on April 27, 2014

     A woman who had just attended a fundraiser for an anti-violence organization was shot to death in Chicago.   32-year old  Leonore Draper was shot in the arm and chest inside a car in the West Pullman neighborhood Friday night.

    Draper was one of at least 4 people killed in Chicago since the start of the weekend. More than 24 other people were wounded in shootings across the city.

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Cherry Fire station being rebuilt

Posted by wlpo on April 27, 2014

A year after voters approved borrowing money to build a new fire station, the old Cherry Fire Station was torn down.

The old station was turned to rubble last week. The new fire station is going up in the same spot. Construction should be done this summer.

In the mean time, Cherry firefighters are storing trucks in a farm shed just outside of town.

Last April, voters said yes to issuing $100,000 in bonds to build a new fire station.

 

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Severe weather coming

Posted by wlpo on April 27, 2014

     Forecasters are warning residents in parts of the Midwest and South to be alert for possible severe weather.    National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., says the risk of tornadoes is rising as the day goes on.

     One strong storm moved through west-central Missouri this afternoon. The Missouri Highway Patrol reported a tractor-trailer was blown onto its side on Interstate 70 about 30 miles east of Kansas City. No injuries were reported.

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