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Numbers released for the first weekend of firearm deer season

Posted by wlpo on November 26, 2014

Are deer getting smarter or are there fewer hunters looking for the big prize in the Illinois Valley?

Whatever the reason, numbers are down in the Illinois Valley during the first part of the firearm deer season. Hunters brought down 540 deer last weekend in La Salle County, almost 50 less than a year ago.

In Bureau County, 676 deer were shot down compared to 730 last year. Hunters in Putnam County brought down 240 deer last weekend compared to 278 last year.

The second part of the firearm deer season begins next Thursday.

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Christmas tree raffle included in Easter Seals fundraiser

Posted by wlpo on November 18, 2014

Putting up the Christmas tree is either a beloved family tradition or a day of frustration. You can enjoy a collection of Christmas trees without having to unknot a strand of lights Saturday at Celebrations 150 in La Salle.

The Second Annual Easter Seals of La Salle and Bureau Counties Festival of Trees offers something for you and your children. Area businesses will be decorating trees to be raffled off.

There will also be booths with people selling items, an ugly sweater contest and activities for kids.

The Festival of Trees is from 9am-4pm. It’s free to get in. Proceeds benefit Easter Seals, an organization that serves children with special needs.

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Reed wins Bureau County Sheriff’s race

Posted by wlpo on November 5, 2014

A man who is familiar with the Bureau County Sheriff’s Department will be the next sheriff. Jim Reed, who is currently a sergeant with the sheriff’s department, beat retired Princeton Police Deputy Chief Allan Beaber in the race for sheriff.

Reed will take over for the retiring Sheriff John Thompson. Reed is from Arlington and has been with the sheriff’s department for 24 years.

La Salle County Sheriff Tom Templeton will keep his job after easily defeating Rodney Hampton.

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Dry, breezy conditions keeping fire fighters busy Monday

Posted by wlpo on November 3, 2014

If you were following the story of the field fire near Arlington, firefighters were able to prevent it from reaching a couple of homes and outbuildings.  The fire was reported just after 11am Monday. Arlington Fire Chief Nick Drummer says they believe it started after someone stirred up a nearby debris pile that didn’t appear to be burning.

Drummer says they were concerned that the fire would burn through a row of brush and pine trees near a couple of homes and outbuildings. LaMoille and Cherry Fire Departments helped.

Grand Ridge also handled a field fire Monday afternoon.

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Wind company is requesting permits for the Walnut area wind farm

Posted by wlpo on October 30, 2014

Plans to build 150 turbines in a wind farm in Bureau County are apparently moving along. Geronimo Wind Energy, LLC announced Thursday that they have applied for more conditional use permits for the Walnut Ridge Wind Farm.

Walnut Ridge has been under development for several years. The wind farm had already asked for and received conditional use permits for approximately 150 turbines, but had to ask for new permits after the zoning rules changed.  The company says they’ll be able to use newer technology than with the old permits.

The Bureau County Board first considered the permits in 2008.

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Bureau County Sheriff candidates make their cases before the election

Posted by wlpo on October 30, 2014

When you call for the police in Bureau County, there’s a good chance a Bureau County Sheriff’s deputy will arrive. Longtime Sheriff John Thompson is soon retiring and you’ll be choosing his successor next Tuesday.

One choice is Democrat Jim Reed, who is currently a sergeant with the department. Reed says it’s his 24 years with the department that puts him in a position to make a great sheriff.

Your other option is retired Princeton Police Deputy Chief Allan Beaber. Beaber says he has the administrative experience necessary to be a sheriff.  Beaber, a republican, was with the Princeton Police Department for 36 years, spending the last 13 years as the deputy chief.

Both Beaber and Reed say it would be important for the sheriff to strengthen the relationships the sheriff’s department has with the police departments in the county.

Learn more by listening to interviews available at the Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO News Page.

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Unemployment numbers continued to improve in September

Posted by wlpo on October 23, 2014

Gasoline prices aren’t the only numbers declining. Local unemployment figures continue to improve. The Ottawa-Streator Area September unemployment rate was 7.6%, down more than three percent from last September.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the last time the unemployment rate was lower was in 2008. Jobs were added in professional-business services and transportation-warehousing. Jobs were lost in manufacturing.

La Salle County’s September unemployment rate was 7.6%, down three percent from last September.

In Bureau County, unemployment improved to 7.7%, down from 8.6% and Putnam County was at 7.3%, down from 9.7%.

 

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Area unemployment rates show declines

Posted by wlpo on September 25, 2014

An 8.8 percent unemployment rate is high, but it is an improvement over the same time last year. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says La Salle County’s August 2014 unemployment was 8.8 percent, down from 11.1 percent last August.

Putnam County’s unemployment rate also declined from 9.7 percent to 7.8 percent last month. The decline in Bureau County was slight, going from 9.2 percent in August 2013 to 8.9 percent this August.

For the Ottawa-Streator Area, gains were made in the transportation-warehousing-Utilities sector but jobs were lost in the manufacturing and government sectors.

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Tiskilwa driver thrown from his car in rollover crash

Posted by wlpo on September 25, 2014

A crash on a rural road can be just as serious as one on a busy highway. Miguel Austin was in serious condition at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria after rolling his car four times on a rural Bureau County road Wednesday. Sheriff’s deputies say he was thrown from his car as it overturned.

The crash is under investigation.

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