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Archive for February, 2016

“Boob-a-Palooza” is this Saturday

Posted by wlpo on February 28, 2016

The annual “Boob-a-palooza” is Saturday in “Celebrations 150” starting at 4. Again, it’s organizer, Betty Glynn will have bands, food and some presentations. $20 tickets and apparel are available at Rudy’s Liquors in LaSalle. Music by “Joe Majors and Stage 2 Clingers”, “The Craigs”, “Kornfield”, “Marky D” and “303”.

The fundraiser helps “Cops 4 Cancer” by providing funds to families affected by cancer who have difficulty meeting payments for food, electricity or house payments.

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Science teacher named Mr. L-P

Posted by wlpo on February 28, 2016

Did a teacher “blind them with science” to win the “Mr LP” pageant? Saturday night, in Matthiessen Auditorium, judges gave science instructor Ed Yoder the coveted title acknowledging his fundraising and on stage talent, formal wear, Q and A and superfan catagories.

Yoder bested 7 others including instructors Adam Spencer, Aaron Guenther, Justin Berard, Jason Miller, Matt Makeever and Nick Mclaughlin. Superintendent Steve Wrobleski also participated by performing a special LP rap during the “Superfan” competition. Seniors Tyler Towne, Madison Schaefer and Stephanie Bias emceed the event which raised $760 for the Illinois Valley Food Pantry.

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Penney’s offering 1 cent sale items

Posted by wlpo on February 28, 2016

If a store item is sale priced, you still need some cash to buy it. Would you have a few pennies in your pocket? That may be all you need if you’re shopping J.C. Penney Sunday.

USA Today says the struggling retailer is starting the “Get Your Penny’s Worth” program Sunday nationwide and online to entice you to visit. Penney’s hopes you’ll come looking for the 1 cent items, and still others which are a buy 1 and get the second for a penny. Chief Marketing Officer Mary Beth West said 1 cent items will not be revealed in advance, but are considered “five-star rated” items – including their Arizona brand apparel. “Get Your Penny’s Worth” will occur at various times of the year, West said.

Last year, J.C. Penney closed 40 stores and cut 300 jobs at their headquarters.

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Strong winds around before Tuesday storm

Posted by wlpo on February 28, 2016

Though a wind advisory continues until 4 across LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam Counties, it doesn’t mean winds won’t remain strong. The National Weather Service says 45Mph gusts are expected through late this afternoon posing problems for high profile vehicles and perhaps causing minor damage.

Winds will stay gusty through Monday. By midnight Monday or later, snow, sleet and maybe rain will begin falling. The Weather Service says snow may accumulate Tuesday especially around Interstate 88 in the Rochelle area.

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Erlenborn death – a loss for Peru

Posted by wlpo on February 27, 2016

The City of Peru will be mourning the loss of 99-year old Harry Erlenborn. He passed away in Manor court in Peru Thursday.

Erlenborn started with American Nickeloid as an accountant in 1937. The Peru man entered the U.S. Army and became office manager of a base PX exchange serving 60-thousand men in Okinawa preparing for the final invasion of Japan in World War II. After his discharge, he returned to Nickeloid and retired as General Manager in 1985, but remained on the board till 2012. As a member of People’s Hospital, He served as President during its transition to the current Illinois Valley Community Hospital. He was a board membe there 45 years. Erlenborn was on the board of First National Bank of Peru, a 71-year member of the American Legion and held an LP basketball season ticket holder for almost 50 years.

Full obituary information will be posted shortly at “Classic Hits 103-9 WLPO dot com. You can also hear obituary information on “In Memorium” tommorrow at 9:35am.

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Widespread power outage Saturday morning in Bureau County

Posted by wlpo on February 27, 2016

A substation issue appears to be the cause of over a thousand outages in Bureau County.

An Ameren spokeswoman says the outage began around 9:10 Saturday morning. She called the problem a “quick outage or interruption”, saying the exact cause is still under investigation. Corn Belt Energy officials say their part of the outage at least was due to an upstream transmission issue impacting the Princeton substation.

At the height of the outage, nearly 800 customers were without power in Princeton with over a hundred outages also in Malden and Tiskilwa.

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St. Bede and Marquette listed among top private schools in Illinois

Posted by wlpo on February 27, 2016

If you and or your children have gone the Catholic school route, would you give glowing reviews of St. Bede and Marquette Academy? A national website has put both schools in its list of “Best Private High Schools in Illinois”.

Niche.com is a website that put together lists of best places to live. Part of that is ranking quality of schools.

According to the website, St. Bede Academy is rated 58th in the state for best private high schools. Marquette Academy checks in at 77. The criteria included student and parent reviews, test scores, and student-teacher ratio. The Latin School of Chicago is ranked number one.

You can see the rankings by clicking Private School Rankings

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Latest on fatal head-on crash near Tonica

Posted by wlpo on February 27, 2016

One of two women involved in a head-on crash north of Tonica looks like she will overcome her injuries.

Twenty-five-year-old Kylie Lewis of La Salle was listed in good condition as of Friday while being treated at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was taken there Thursday night after she passed a car on Route 251 near Tonica and collided with 25-year-old Carlo Ballerine of La Salle.

While Ballerine was treated and released at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru, his 27-year-old passenger Lauren Dimond of Spring Valley was killed in the crash.

You can hear funeral service details for Dimond on Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO’s In Memoriam and read about the services at Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO.com

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New firefighter wanted in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on February 27, 2016

Have you always dreamed of being a firefighter?

The La Salle Fire Department is taking applications for a firefighter opening. Some of the qualifications include being a licensed paramedic, between 21 to 35 years old and live within the city limits of La Salle within a year of being hired. Veterans and anyone with a degree will have a leg up on other applicants.

For an application, click La Salle Firefighter Application

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Fatal rollover crash outside of Earlville

Posted by wlpo on February 27, 2016

Another life has been lost on a La Salle County road.

Just before three Saturday morning, police and paramedics were called out to a rollover crash on East 1553rd Road south of Earlville. One victim was pronounced dead by the county coroner.  The 31-year old man was later identified by the Sheriff’s office as Jason Fowler of Brighton, Illinois.  An autopsy was scheduled for Saturday.

Deputies say the rollover involved a single car.

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