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Historic Ottawa home restored after tornado damage

Tornadoes are considered an act of God. But Rich Mennecke has a different view of the twister that savaged his Ottawa home on Feb. 28. "I'm going to say this was a gift from God," he said. Menace's landmark home is the 1854 Greek Revival style house at 210 W. Prospect St., known as "The Columns." It

OTTAWA TIMES - 2017-09-23 03:05:22

Ottawa Man Airlifted From Two-Vehicle Crash Near Somonauk

Authorities say an Ottawa man was airlifted and a Waterman man was hospitalized in a two vehicle crash near Somonauk on Friday afternoon. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office says in a release that deputies were called to the intersection of Suydam Road and Somonauk Road at 2:25 p.m. to investigate.

WSPYNEWS.COM - 2017-09-23 01:49:00

Food basket hosting produce giveaway

The Ottawa Community Food Basket will host a giveaway for extra produce on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at 519 W. Madison St. The event will be a farmers market-style giveaway, so clients will be able to pick what they can use. This event is open to all current food basket clients and is free

OTTAWA TIMES - 2017-09-25 01:18:02

THE BUZZ: BASH to relocate

It was announced at a recent Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry meeting The Burger and Sushi House would relocate from its current location on Jefferson Street to the building that currently houses Streul's Interiors, 1012 La Salle St., once the business closes. Owner Glenn Streul spoke to

OTTAWA TIMES - 2017-09-25 01:13:43

Dozens of grieving families walk with Compassionate Friends

Maria Arredondo reached down and touched a brick with the name of her son on it and the words, "My son we love you and miss you." She and her family members were among more than 200 people walking Sunday in the River Valley chapter Compassionate Friends Walk to Remember at Baker Lake in Peru, and al

NEWS TRIBUNE - 2017-09-25 09:30:00

Movie theaters struggle through weak summer

The summer season is usually the highlight of the year for the movie theater industry, but if this summer is any indication it will be a very bleak year overall. Hollywood has suffered a 16 percent drop in summer box-office revenue during the summer season, which Hollywood Reporter noted in an artic

OTTAWA TIMES - 2017-09-25 01:17:20

PAPERWORK: In many ways, you have the final say

"I have something to say. "But I can't find the right words." Sound familiar? We've all been there. Often it's while we are leaning over that birthday card or jotting a note to someone special. Or maybe it's a sad occasion. You want so much to help the other person, to heal or ease their pain. But y

OTTAWA TIMES - 2017-09-23 03:48:00

Report: Towne used county car for personal trips

Former La Salle County State's Attorney Brian Towne used public money to buy a sport utility vehicle for both personal and professional use. Previous county officeholders used their own cars or vehicles forfeited to the state's attorney's office under asset forfeiture laws, according to an investiga

OTTAWA TIMES - 2017-09-23 03:02:52

Report: Politics in Towne's office

Former La Salle County State's Attorney Brian Towne assigned employees and used government equipment for his re-election campaign, which is against state law, according to a police report. In response to an open records request, the state's attorney's office last week released its investigative repo

OTTAWA TIMES - 2017-09-23 03:01:45

Van damaged, driver refuses treatment in I-80 crash

Buy Now Traffic was backed up on Interstate 80 westbound near the Utica Route 178 exit at about 2 p.m. Friday after this van rolled over in the median. State police and Utica firefighters and emergency medical technicians responded. Fire chief Ben Brown said it looked like the van rolled over more t

NEWS TRIBUNE - 2017-09-22 20:15:00

Teen columnists share their views

My name is Branden Franzen. I just turned 18 years old on Sept. 16. I go to Serena High School and play three sports: soccer, basketball, and baseball. Within the school, I participate in many clubs and activities: National Honor Society, Student Council, SADD, STEM club and Academic Bowl. I have al

OTTAWA TIMES - 2017-09-23 03:46:58

Utica loves all of the new tourists, but many whiz by and don't stop in the downtown

When he sees the electronic signs on Interstate 80 saying the parking lot at Starved Rock State Park is full, Lisle Elsbury thinks the sign might as well read, "Do not enter." Elsbury is co-owner of Duffy's Tavern in Utica and he appreciates that the Illinois Department of Transportation needs to al

NEWS TRIBUNE - 2017-09-23 12:00:00

Bobcat hunting now prohibited in North Central Illinois

A new state law signed Friday prohibits the hunting or trapping of bobcats in North Central Illinois and dozens of other counties. A bill signed into law Friday will allow hunters and trappers to harvest up to 350 bobcats during the 2017-18 Illinois bobcat hunting and trapping season Nov. 10-Feb. 15

NEWS TRIBUNE - 2017-09-23 01:44:00

Drought risk increases in the Illinois Valley

Jose Escatel waters plants this week in front of the Del Monte plant in Mendota. Dry conditions spread across northern Illinois with continuing lack of rainfall. As of Tuesday, 91 percent of the state was rated abnormally dry. September's dry spell is worsening as days pass without rain, widening dr

NEWS TRIBUNE - 2017-09-22 15:00:00

True crime: Central Illinois cold cases

These Central Illinois deaths - some of them go back decades - are still waiting to be solved. Can you help? Buy Now FOR THE PANTAGRAPH On July 20, 2013, 59-year-old Terry Punke was wounded from a gunshot fired from a handgun less than 50 yards away while working in his El Paso backyard. His wife,

PANTAGRAPH - 2017-09-24 09:00:00

COLUMN: No reason for secrecy

The Streator Elementary school board chose secrecy over openness this week when it selected a new school board member. It's not alone in this regard. Practically all government boards in Illinois do the same when they fill vacancies in elected positions. In fact, the state Open Meetings Act gives go

OTTAWA TIMES - 2017-09-23 00:07:17

PHOTOS: Emergency well project starts for Cedar Point

CEDAR POINT - A new well is under construction in the Village of Cedar Point. Saturday marked the start of drilling the new well, which will replace the original 105 year old well that failed recently. Albrecht Well Drilling of Ohio, Ill. is the contractor. The new well is pulled from the St. Pete

NEWS TRIBUNE - 2017-09-23 12:00:00

Freepeort police investigate shots fired incident

FREEPORT - Freeport police are investigating a shots fired incident that happened Thursday afternoon in the area of Miami and Adams avenues, Deputy Chief Matt Summers said. Police responded to reports around 12:30 p.m. and located two shell casings. They talked to witnesses who said they saw two veh

FREEPORT JOURNAL STANDARD - 2017-09-24 21:07:13

Newark Man Charged in DUI Rollover Crash

A Newark man was hospitalized and will be facing a DUI charge after authorities say he rolled his car and crashed into a culvert in unincorporated Newark. The Kendall County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called around 8:00 p.m. on Friday night to the 9000 block of Fox River Dr. which is in Fox

WSPYNEWS.COM - 2017-09-23 14:47:00

MMHS hosts dessert tea and vintage hat fashion show

Center, Shirley Prescott models a vintage feather hat during the Mendota Museum and Historical Society's formal dessert tea and vintage hat fashion show in the Union Depot Railroad Museum's Golden Trencher dining car, Sept. 13. Julia Cain from "Flowers by Julia" in Princeton brought several hats fro

MENDOTA REPORTER - 2017-09-22 21:39:27