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Archive for August, 2015

“Taste of Home” Cooking School tickets available

Posted by wlpo on August 30, 2015

    If you’re looking forward to the next Taste of Home Cooking School, tickets are now on sale. The show is Saturday, November 14th at LP High School. You’ll be able to learn new recipes while watching them prepared on stage by Culinary Specialist Guy Klinzing. Before the show, you’ll have a chance to meet people selling home items and get lunch.

    VIP tickets are 30 dollars, premium seats are 20 dollars and general admission is 12 dollars. For 50 dollars you can get a premium seat at the cooking school, an autograph from Guy and a cookbook.     You can buy tickets online at either ClassicHits103.9wlpo.com, 993wajk.com or 20inarowcountry.com.

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Civil War event at Ottawa Sunday

Posted by wlpo on August 30, 2015

   You would get an extensive education of the “Civil War” by visiting the WHL Wallace Memorial event Sunday at Pitstick’s north of Ottawa. This is the second day of the event designed to raise money for the restoration of Dickey Cemetery, where Civil War General Wallace is buried. You can view and experience camp life, battle re-enactment, a field hospital, a Bishop’s debate on slavery, music of the era and more. Admission is $5 or $15 for a family.

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“PADS” expects a busier season

Posted by wlpo on August 30, 2015

Another ripple effect from the budget impasse. “P.A.D.S.” is opening again Tuesday to the homeless – especially those receiving state assistance for rent, heat or electricity bills. Carol Alcorn is the Executive Director. She told the News Tribune they’re prepping for more guests staying a lot longer. Last year, Alcorn said 160 men, 76 women and 18 children stayed in the Peru and Ottawa shelters. 180 stayed less than a month.

The Peru facility lodges 16 men and 8 women. “P.A.D.S.” needs 280 volunteers a month and some are getting too old to help. And, since the state isn’t paying, “P.A.D.S.” needs more funding to keep it all going. Items needed include peanut butter and jelly, floor cleaners, toilet cleaners, resealable bags, paper towels, trash bags, toilet paper, plastic spoons and laundry soap.

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Route 251 construction starts tommorrow

Posted by wlpo on August 30, 2015

    The stretch of Route 251 between the Peru Bridge and the Oglesby short-cut sees a lot of traffic each weekday. If you use it, you should know part of that stretch will undergo construction starting Monday.   Efforts are focused at the Slough road intersection which has had several serious and even fatal accidents recently. The construction will increase visibility for persons turning off Slough road. Construction signs are posted.

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Higher numbers expected at “P.A.D.S.”

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2015

    Another ripple effect from the budget impasse. “P.A.D.S.” is opening again Tuesday to the homeless – especially those who can’t get the State to help with their rent, heat or electricity bills. Carol Alcorn is the Executive Director. She told the News Tribune they’re prepping for more guests staying a lot longer. Last year, Alcorn said 160 men, 76 women and 18 children stayed in the Peru and Ottawa shelters. 180 stayed less than a month. The Peru facility lodges 16 men and 8 women.

    “P.A.D.S.” needs 280 volunteers a month and some are getting too old to help. And, since the state isn’t paying, “P.A.D.S.” needs more funding to keep it all going. Items needed include peanut butter and jelly, floor cleaners, toilet cleaners, resealable bags, paper towels, trash bags, toilet paper, plastic spoons and laundry soap.

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Rt 71 stretch is loved by speeders

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2015

     Note to police, speeders and the general public. Judging from the county police blotter, Route 71 north of I-80 in Miller Township, is a haven for speeders. In about 90 minutes Thursday morning, 3 people were stopped for speeding – 2 from LaSalle. 36-year old Joshua Waytenick was driving 96 in a 55 and Shelly Samolinski was clocked 86 in a 55. Both are from LaSalle. Brynn Korth of Marseilles was also detained going 86 in a 55. All were released with court dates.

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Crash in southern La Salle County kills a woman

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2015

An early morning crash southeast of Lostant has killed a woman.

The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office was called to a single car rollover crash just after three Saturday morning on Route 18 near East 9th Road. A woman died after being thrown from her car.

The La Salle County Coroner’s Office hasn’t released the woman’s name.

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Illinois Valley man told he’ll have to wait to collect big lottery winnings

Posted by wlpo on August 29, 2015

The money situation in Springfield is so bad even lottery winners are being given “I-O-Us” from the state.

Susan Rick of Oglesby says her boyfriend won $250,000 in the lottery but they’ve been told to wait on their payout. With no budget, the state comptroller can’t cut checks for over $25,000. A lottery spokesman says the state lottery is affected by the budget situation like any other state agency.

Rick says she planned home fix-ups and a visit to see her daughter with the big winnings. She says if the situation were reversed, the state would “come take it, and they don’t care whether we have a roof over our head.”

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Unemployment rates inch up in La Salle and Bureau County

Posted by wlpo on August 27, 2015

July was a tough month of job losses for most of the Illinois Valley.

La Salle County’s July unemployment rate was 6.4 percent, up from 6.1 percent in June. Compared to last July however La Salle County’s jobless rate improved by almost two percent.

In Bureau County, the July unemployment rate was 5.7 percent, up from 5.3 percent in June. The jobless rate is still over one percent better than last year.

July’s unemployment rate in Putnam County was 5.5 percent, a slight improvement from 5.6 percent in June. Compared to last year, the jobless rate in Putnam County has improved by over two percent.

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IVCH takes care of sterilization issue to avoid Medicare stoppage

Posted by wlpo on August 27, 2015

If you depend on Medicare for help, there are no more worries about Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru not accepting it.

Members of the Illinois Department of Public Health were at the hospital this week and went away happy with steps the hospital has taken to shore up its surgical sterilization procedures. A complaint about an infection led to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services putting a legal notice in the NewsTribune saying IVCH wouldn’t be able to accept Medicare after Saturday.

IVCH is now in compliance with the state.

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