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Golfer in critical condition after falling out of moving bus in Spring Valley

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2015

It’s always a good idea to stay seated until the bus your riding has come to a complete stop.

Joseph Marchiando of Spring Valley was listed in critical condition as of yesterday at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was flown there Saturday after losing his balance and falling out the door of a moving school bus.

The 48-year-old was part of a group that had rented out a school bus to take them back and forth from a golf outing. Others on the bus say Marchiando was standing up talking to them when he fell down the bus’ steps. The driver says she was slowing to make a turn and stopped the bus as soon as Marchiando fell out.

The fall happened in the 300 block of East Dakota Street.

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Homecoming festivities underway at St. Bede, Mendota and Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2015

When you hear about a tacky tourist, what image comes to mind? Outfits should be interesting at St. Bede Academy as part of Homecoming Week.

The academy has a different theme each day this week with Tuesday being dress like a tacky tourist day. Later in the week, St. Bede’s Homecoming Parade is Thursday followed by a power puff game. A student variety show is Friday night at the academy with the annual Saturday afternoon football game being broadcast on Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO against Erie-Prophetstown. Homecoming Week at St. Bede wraps up Sunday night with the dance.

In Mendota, the Homecoming theme is “Welcome to the Jungle”. The Homecoming Parade is Friday afternoon before the football game against Rockford Lutheran. Mendota High’s dance is Saturday night.

In Ottawa, the Homecoming parade for OHS is Wednesday evening followed by a tug of war and bonfire at the high school. The Friday night football game against Sterling can be heard on 96.5 the Wolf with the Homecoming dance Saturday night.

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La Salle sells off four vacant properties that used to house rundown buildings

Posted by wlpo on September 29, 2015

Four vacant lots in La Salle now have new owners.

During a meeting Monday night, the La Salle City Council opened bids for vacant properties throughout the city and awarded them to the highest bidder. The city had owned the properties, torn down the buildings, and filled in the basements, leaving empty grass lots.

The properties sold were 359 Wright Street, 228 Crosat Street, 1034 5th Street and 334 4th Street. The sell prices ranged from as low as $250 for the Wright Street property to $3,700 for the 5th Street land. Another property at 933 4th Street didn’t receive any bids.

The properties are sold as-is, with no guarantee of title, according to city attorney James McPhedran.

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Former leader of the News-Tribune passes away

Posted by wlpo on September 28, 2015

A big name in the Illinois Valley newspaper industry has died.

92-year-old Frederick “Fritz” Miller of Peru died Sunday at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru. Miller was a lieutenant in the Army Air Corps during World War II before graduating from the University of Chicago. He went on to be the General Manager of the Daily News-Tribune in La Salle for 44 years before retiring in 1992.

You can find service information for Frederick “Fritz” Miller by clicking the “obituaries” link at ClassicHits103.9wlpo.com.

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Action expected on the possible reinstatement of Ottawa High School teacher

Posted by wlpo on September 28, 2015

The next chapter of the Tim Burgess saga could finally include a decision by the Ottawa High School Board of Education.

The board is having a special meeting Tuesday night at 6:30 at the high school. After talking in closed session, the meeting agenda says the board will take some action about Burgess’ dismissal.

Burgess was let go earlier this year for alleged disparaging remarks he made about others involved with the school. It happened when the school faced accusations of bullying by administrators and was still dealing with the fallout over building trades being dropped.

A hearing officer with the State Board of Education has said that Burgess was improperly dismissed. However it’s just an opinion and the school board still has the final say on if Burgess is reinstated.
Because of an anticipated crowd, the board meeting is happening inside the OHS auditorium.

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Push continues to relocate annual July fireworks display in Peru

Posted by wlpo on September 28, 2015

What do you think about moving Peru’s annual fireworks display from Water Street to the Illinois Valley Regional Airport?

The Peru Parks and Recreation Board is having a meeting Tuesday afternoon at the airport to go over plans to for having fireworks at the airport next July. The meeting agenda even says the board could start the application process of asking the state to use part of the airport for fireworks.

The city has decided to move away from the traditional fireworks site along Water Street because of flooding on the Illinois River the last two summers.

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State Gambling Industry needs help

Posted by wlpo on September 27, 2015

A report from the Illinois Legislature says that despite growth in video gambling, the industry is going through slow times in the state.  The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability’s annual review found state taxes for all forms of gambling in Illinois fell 5.8 percent in the fiscal year that ended June 30.  The Springfield State Journal-Register reports that state revenue from riverboat casinos and the lottery fell and horse racing revenues were flat. And while video gambling revenue grew, it wasn’t enough to offset other losses.

The slowdown comes while some state lawmakers investigate expanding gambling as a way to ease the state’s financial problems. But Illinois Casino Gaming Association executive director Tim Swoik says he thinks the report shows “we are saturated in Illinois.”

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Library hopes for docking station

Posted by wlpo on September 27, 2015

Princeton Public Library is considering the option of offering a multi-device charging station in their cafe. The library’s Board of Directors believe a charging station would be convenient for patrons and it would accommodate the most popular cell phones, tablets and laptop computers.

EBSCO, a trusted library vendor is spearheading implementation of the service and is currently seeking a local business to sponsor the charging station. If a sponsor is not found, the charging station will not be added to the library’s existing services. If you operate a business willing to help, call the library at 875-13-31.

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DNR concerned over sick deer

Posted by wlpo on September 27, 2015

    Does the health of Illinois deer concern you? The Department of Natural Resources says “Chronic Wasting Disease” has afflicted some of the state’s deer herd. Enough that the Department is having public information programs this Wednesday at Pontiac High School and October 5 at Starved Rock Lodge. They’ll start at 7 with a 40-minute presentation with discussion afterwards. Additional meetings are also planned.

    Doug Dufford is wildlife disease program manager for the DNR. Dufford says the fatal neurological illness is now in 16 northern Illinois counties and debuting in Livingston and Kankakee Counties.

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NASA to televise “Super Moon” event

Posted by wlpo on September 27, 2015

If clouds interfere with the viewing of the “supermoon” event Sunday night, you can see it on NASA TV channel on Direct or Dish.

According to NASA, the moon is at its closest approach to Earth which will make it appear 14% larger. The moon will also be passing through the Earth’s shadow which will create a red or “Blood” appearance.  The combination of these two last happened in 1982. If you miss this show, the next one won’t be until 2033.

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