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Zonta Club Raises Awareness for Domestic Violence with Purple Ribbon Campaign

Posted by wlpo on October 11, 2016

You may have noticed purple ribbons decorating city halls in the Illinois Valley, but you may not have known they’re to promote domestic violence awareness.

The ribbons are the handiwork of the Zonta Club, an organization dedicated to service and advocacy for women worldwide. The LaSalle-Peru chapter of the club uses the ribbons as just one of many ways to achieve that goal.

Linda Hiltabrand is the President of that chapter. She says they’re meant to begin a dialogue that can hopefully end domestic violence.

Hiltabrand says if you’d like to get involved with the group you’ll have a chance to do that later this month. A luminary walk in Ottawa on October 25th is open to anyone who would like to participate. You can learn more at www.lpzonta.org.

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Missing Streator man found safe

Posted by wlpo on October 11, 2016

A missing person’s case has a happy ending in Streator.

Streator Police say 55-year-old Thomas Berckemeyer of Streator has been found safe and sound. In making the announcement the department thanked everyone who provided information and shared their Facebook post about Berckemeyer. They haven’t given details on where he was found and what shape he is in.

Before the good news he had last been seen on the morning of September 30th by a family member. There were concerns because he left without medication for heart problems.

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Fatal head-on crash south of Manlius

Posted by wlpo on October 11, 2016

The coroner has been called to a head on crash involving a pickup truck and a semi.

The 9-1-1 call went out at one Tuesday afternoon for the crash on Route 40 just north of Interstate 80. A coroner and accident reconstructionist were both called to the scene along with Illinois Department of Transportation crews to shut down the highway.

The pickup driver has been killed while the semi driver is okay. You’ll hear more details as they become available.

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Foster homes needed for dogs saved during Granville fire

Posted by wlpo on October 11, 2016

A couple dogs displaced by a fire could use temporary homes.

A German Shepard mix and a Shar-Pei and basset hound mix were saved Saturday afternoon from a fire at the Oak Part Estate’s trailer park in Granville. The German Shepard is a 9-year-old male that’s in tact while the basset mix is a five-year-old spayed female. The folks at Illinois Valley Animal Rescue say they need a foster home for the dogs for two to three weeks.

Nobody was home in the fire which is being investigated by the state fire marshal’s office according to the NewsTribune.

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Tonica driver released from hospital after weekend rollover crash

Posted by wlpo on October 11, 2016

There is some great news to report out of Peoria.

After being listed in critical condition Monday, 25-year-old Timothy Wheeler of Tonica has recovered enough to be released from OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was flown there after crashing his pickup truck Saturday night on a county road east of Tonica.

Nobody else was hurt in the crash.

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Mendota Police get called about an injured woman in the roadway

Posted by wlpo on October 11, 2016

A call about an injured woman in the road led to an arrest in Mendota.

Just before 7 Monday night police were called about the injured woman on Washington Street near Veteran’s Parkway. They eventually arrested 31-year-old Kadie Carroll of Wyanet for leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and failing to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk.

Carroll was taken to jail in Ottawa.

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La Salle steps up financial support of animal shelter

Posted by wlpo on October 11, 2016

Chances are if you find a stray cat or your dog runs away, one of the first calls you make in the Illinois Valley is to Illinois Valley Animal Rescue.

Seeing that they provide a big service, the La Salle City Council is stepping up and agreeing to donate $3,000 annually to the shelter in La Salle. Mayor Jeff Grove says that’s a jump from the $500 donation they gave IVAR this past year.

Last month IVAR representatives approached the city about funding since they are handling more dogs and cats in La Salle than anywhere else. Even with that in mind Grove says he hopes other towns using IVAR’s help also step up in funding the shelter.

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Dozens of colleges and universities signed up to be part of IVCC’s “College Night”

Posted by wlpo on October 11, 2016

Everyone from the University of Illinois to the Illinois Institute of Art will be represented at this year’s Illinois Valley Community College “College Night”.

Recruiters will be at IVCC looking for potential student’s Thursday night from 6:30 until 8. There’s supposed to be around 60 public and private colleges and universities along with military academies.

Before “College Night” starts there’s also a financial aid workshop starting at 5:30.

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Deadline for voter registration arrives

Posted by wlpo on October 11, 2016

If you want to have a say in next month’s election, make sure you’re registered to vote.

Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote or change the address on your voter registration card in case you have moved since the last election. Remember to bring with you at least two forms of identification that show your current address.

You can register to vote at several places including your county clerk’s office, city offices, libraries and online. To register to vote online click Online Voter Registration

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