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Archive for August 7th, 2015

Well issues causes early closure of the Spring Valley city pool

Posted by wlpo on August 7, 2015

Lifeguards and swimmers at the Spring Valley city pool are having their summer cut short.

The city pool is closed for the season due to city’s main water well being repaired. The closing is effective immediately.

If you live in Spring Valley, you’re asked to conserve water and limit use until the well is fixed. That includes not filling pools, washing cars or watering your lawn.

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Price at the pump continues to plunge in the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on August 7, 2015

There’s been talk about two dollar gas by the end of the year and prices at the pump in the Illinois Valley continue trending that way.

According to, gas has dropped in Ottawa to $2.19 a gallon. You can fill up in Princeton for $2.29 a gallon while unleaded is as low as $2.31 a gallon in Peru. Mendota has the highest gas in the Illinois Valley right now at $2.43 a gallon.

The average price of gas statewide is $2.60 a gallon, down six cents from last week.

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Flag fundraiser deemed a success in Streator

Posted by wlpo on August 7, 2015

Thanks to your generosity, downtown Streator will be filled with patriotic flags this October and November.

Earlier this summer the Streator Fire Department started a donation drive to buy flags and put them up in and around downtown this fall. According to the department, they’ve raised enough money to buy 120 flags, special non-tangle flagpoles and enough brackets to add flags on all side streets of downtown. They also have enough cash to replace the flags when they eventually get worn.

The plans are to dedicate each block of downtown Streator to a different military branch along with prisoners of war and a whole block dedicated to the American flag.

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Mud filled obstacle course raises money for Perry Memorial Hospital

Posted by wlpo on August 7, 2015

If you want to push yourself and don’t mind getting muddy, the “MudCross Challenge” is for you.

The obstacle course is about 3 miles long and according to organizers involves “playing through a lot of mud”. The mud challenge is for all ages and takes place Saturday at the Sunset Ridge Moto-Cross Track in Walnut.

You can sign up as an individual or as part of a team. The more people signed up in your group, the more money you save off the registration cost.

Proceeds from the “MudCross Challenge” will go to the Perry Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.


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Elderly man admits to dealing cocaine out of Ottawa business

Posted by wlpo on August 7, 2015

Do you ever go into a business and wonder if it’s a front for some shady activity?

Robert “Pudgy” Harris of Morris, who is 76-years-old has pleaded guilty to dealing cocaine out of a business he ran in Ottawa called “The Chef’s Helper”. Harris was arrested for the drug dealing last November.

He will find out his prison sentence next month. Harris isn’t a stranger to prison after being given 18 years in prison back in 2000 for dealing pot.

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