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Archive for September 20th, 2014

Two women taken to area hospitals after crash on Route 251

Posted by wlpo on September 20, 2014

Slowing down when it’s raining is a good idea, especially if you’re trying to turn. A man from Granville T-boned another car while trying to turn from Route 251 to Ben Samek Road south of Peru Saturday afternoon.

Peru Police say Saul Lopez-Gomez for whatever reason lost control while turning and hit Mary Wren of Peru. Wren’s car hit a third car driven by Beth Sales of Peru. Wren was taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital and Sales was taken to St. Margaret’s Hospital.

Lopez-Gomez was taken to the Peru Police Department were he received tickets for driving too fast for conditions, driving without a valid license, and improper lane usage.


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Cleaning underway at Jackson School in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on September 20, 2014

If you notice anyone at Jackson School in La Salle this weekend, they’re probably cleaning. Preschool classes were moved to other school buildings after a teacher saw two rats in a classroom Thursday.

Preschool classes met at Lincoln and Northwest Schools Friday and will again Monday.

Superintendent Dan Marenda says they’ve been talking to La Salle County Health Department, city officials and an exterminator. He says they have hired a professional cleaning crew to disinfect the building.

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Annual breakfast returns to IV Regional Airport

Posted by wlpo on September 20, 2014

Enjoy pancakes and eggs before touring the sky above the Illinois Valley during an annual fundraiser at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport in Peru.

A fly-in/ drive-in breakfast is from 7am-12pm Sunday.  The menu also includes sausage, coffee and milk. Adults can eat for $7, while children can eat for $3.

For $30 you can take an airplane ride, for $40 you can ride in a helicopter or for $250 you can ride in the TBM Avenger.

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Red Cross seeks a new organization for a mobile meals program

Posted by wlpo on September 20, 2014

When it’s hard to leave your house to get to the store, you come to appreciate a mobile meal service like the one overseen by the local Red Cross Office. Due to changes at the top, the Red Cross is looking for another organization to take over.

Sarah Stasik is the manager of the Peru office. She says they want to make it so people receiving the meals won’t have a disruption in service.  The directive to no longer offer the meals service came from the national Red Cross organization.

The meals are prepared at Illinois Valley Community Hospital and would continue to be. The group that takes over the meals would need to keep track of the money and recruit and screen volunteers.

If you are part of a group that’s interested, call the Peru Red Cross office.

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