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  • Reading dogs make impact at LaSalle Public Library

    LASALLE – Since 2004, a unique program combining two-legged and four-legged friends has been held every month at the LaSalle Public Library. “Tail-Wag ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • Tonica village president concerned about dangerous intersection

    TONICA — For years, it’s been an intersection where most local residents exercise extreme care as they drive through, and with good reason. While no d ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • Educational excellence under economic duress

    TONICA — The Illinois State School Report Cards are out, and Tonica Grade School Superintendent John Suarez can only be pleased with the latest result ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • iPads in the classroom

    Trinity Wade takes an Accelerated Reader test on an iPad she is using in her second-grade classroom t Tonica Grade School. Wade is a student of Amy Ma ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • Water woes worry Lostant

    LOSTANT — Lostant residents will most likely be paying more for their water soon. The village board discussed the issue at length at its Dec. 8 board ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • Tonica Grade School to hold tax levy hearing

    TONICA — The Tonica Grade School Board of Education will hold a tax levy hearing at 6:45 p.m. Dec. 16 in the media center at Tonica Grade School. The ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Lostant Library adds young reader books

    LOSTANT — Lostant Community Library has announced the addition of six new books to the shelves for the young and young adult reader.
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • First Person — Shirley Gingerich

    Name: Shirley Gingerich Town: Peru. Family: Three sons and four grandchildren, three boys and one gi ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Meeting calendar

    Dec. 15 – Tonica Village Board, 7 p.m., Tonica Village Hall. Dec. 19 – Tonica Grade School Board, 6: ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Filing period announced for IVCC petitions

    OGLESBY — The period for filing nomination petitions for the April 2015 Illinois Valley Community College trustee election is 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • June Hiltabrand

    CEDAR POINT — June C. (Schafer) Hiltabrand, 84 of rural Cedar Point passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at her home.
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 9:59 am
  • Curtis Ryan

    PERU — Curtis M. Ryan, 68, of Peru, formerly of Tonica, died at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley.
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 4:57 pm
  • Dr. Richard Warrner

    ROCKFORD — Dr. Richard A. Warrner, 78, of Rockford died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in his home surrounded by his family.
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 2:56 pm
  • Kenneth Baker

    TONICA — Kenneth Richard Baker, 97, of Tonica died at 8:36 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, in his home.
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 9:18 am
  • Seth Foote

    BARTLETT — Seth Daniel Foote of Bartlett, born Oct. 15, 2012, went home to be with Jesus, just two days before his second birthday.
    Oct. 21, 2014 - 8:40 am
  • Basketball program at halfway mark

    LOSTANT — Lostant Grade School’s boys’ basketball team is approximately halfway through their season for the year. Mark Nowakowski is the coach again ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Lostant Library adds young reader books

    LOSTANT — Lostant Community Library has announced the addition of six new books to the shelves for the young and young adult reader.
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Lostant Grade School Menus

    Breakfast Dec. 15 – Ham and cheese omelet, hash brown, yogurt, cereal, fruit, juice and white or cho ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Putnam County Community Center menus

    Dec. 15 – Baked macaroni and cheese, hamburger on bun, dessert. Dec. 16 – Baked chicken, mashed pota ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • PC/Hall splits triangular meet

    STERLING – The Putnam County/Hall co-op wrestling squad saw action for the first time this season and came away with a split between Amboy High School ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Lady Panthers win over Bobcats, Timberwolves

    GRANVILLE — The Putnam County Lady Panthers scored two victories this week. On Dec. 6, the Panthers took on the Somonauk Lady Bobcats in non conferenc ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Library corner

    Lostant LibraryLibrary Time is every Tuesday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. during the school year for those ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Dolphins swim to win over Otters

    PERU – The Illinois Valley Dolphins hosted a home swim meet against Clinton YMCA Otters on Dec. 6. The Dolphins topped the Otters by a final score of ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Tonica Grade School menus

    Breakfast Dec. 15 – Oatmeal (with dried fruit, chocolate chips and brown sugar), cereal, granola, yo ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Lostant Grade School Menus

    Breakfast Dec. 8 – Breakfast pizza, yogurt, cereal, fruit, juice and white or chocolate milk. Dec. 9 ...
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • The 12 days of bankruptcy

    I was determined. This was the year I'd do it. You've heard the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” befo ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Refresher course

    One part of my job which I truly enjoy are the opportunities I have to visit area schools. Sometimes I’m there to do an interview or take a photo, whi ...
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • A rocky week

    Throughout the years, I’ve often found you are your own worst enemy. Whether it’s somehow self-sabotaging a job interview or saying the wrong thing at ...
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Hunting deer hunters

    On this particular day, I’m looking through the news headlines and I’m definitely losing my faith in my fellow man.
    Nov. 6, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Pondering politics

    I know about bipartisan issues. You see, I grew up in a bipartisan household. Grandpa was a Republican; Grandma was a Democrat.
    Nov. 6, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Walking the road not chosen

    Editor's note: After failing a mammogram test earlier this spring, Barb Kromphardt entered the world of breast cancer treatment. Following a surgical ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Field of Dreams

    My farmer friend, Darrell Chambers, turned 100 years old in October this year. He now resides in Liberty Village in Peru. An open house was held in hi ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Bye-bye quality education

    Say goodbye to the quality of education for your children. In Illinois, it's as endangered as the dodo bird; yes, that means barring a sudden rise of ...
    Oct. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Fall-ing into memories

    My grandfather was a fairly stoic man. Of German decent, his heritage taught him strict work ethics, and he worked tirelessly throughout his entire li ...
    Oct. 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • We have to start talking about domestic violence

    A few weeks ago, I covered my first domestic violence awareness event hosted by Freedom House.I can ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • IVFL elects officers, trustees

    Illinois Valley Federation of Labor recently held elections for officers and trustees at its monthly meeting.
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Town & Country Services donates furnace

    For the past three years, Town & Country Services of Tonica has been giving back to the community by installing free furnaces to families in need.  Th ...
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Extension to offer pesticide training

    University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam unit is offering training and certification programs for private pesticide applic ...
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • OmniArts receives $25,000 donation

    OmniArts in Starved Rock Country, a trust dedicated to supporting local artists and art organizations, has received $25,000 from an unnamed donor to k ...
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • North Central Bank hosts scholarship opportunity

    HENNEPIN — North Central Bank announces a competition that enables Illinois high school seniors to enter a statewide essay-writing contest. It is all ...
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Illinois Chamber hires Hahn as director of communications

    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Chamber of Commerce, based in Springfield, has hired Melissa Hahn, formerly of Hennepin, as its new director of communicati ...
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Ag Summary

    Producers are winding down harvest across the state. Some operators continued with fall tillage and fertilizer applications, but freezing temperatures ...
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Amtrak adds trains for Thanksgiving

    To accommodate an expected increase in holiday passengers, Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation are offering additional round trips on ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Ag summary

    Corn and soybean harvest neared completion last week. Other fieldwork included fall tillage and applying fertilizers. There were 5.9 days suitable for ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Ag Summary Nov. 14

    Corn and soybean harvest continued last week. Activities included fall tillage and nitrogen application.
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 4:00 pm