July 4, 2015
7:31 am
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The LaSalle County Environmental Services and Land Use Department is hosting an electronics recycling collection next Saturday from 9am to 1pm.  Department Director Mike Harsted says it’s being held at 707 E. Etna Road in the parking lot of the governmental complex.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources closed the entire river to all but commercial traffic earlier this week because of flooding and debris. As of Thursday afternoon, the river was open north of mile 187 near Lacon.
A car went off Interstate 80 in LaSalle Wednesday morning, and the driver died.
Ottawa High School’s new superintendent is Mike Cushing. Taking Cushing’s former job as principal is Pat Leonard. He’s spent 16 years in the Serena school district.
Lawrence Applebee pleaded not guilty to aggravated domestic battery in court Thursday.  The 36-year old is charged with that for allegedly shooting his brother in the leg.
Bradley M. French of Varna pleaded not guilty to first degree murder Thursday. The 21-year old was charged with that for allegedly shooting and killing 38-year old Joshua Scaman of Oglesby with a bow and arrow last month.
Some of the most popular places to watch the Fourth of July fireworks in Ottawa are off-limits this year, but there are still three great places to see them.
The area’s state parks will be open for the holiday weekend, in spite of flooding, and whether or not the state has a budget.
Marseilles Police Chief Jim Hovious says the best thing any resident can do to protect themselves during dangerous weather is to buy a weather radio.
News Tribune reporter Kevin Caufield died Wednesday morning at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
St. Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) says he will have surgery as part of his treatment for esophageal cancer. He released a statement about it Wednesday evening.
Saturday is Independence Day, but it’s not a holiday for the farmers’ market in Ottawa.
Easter Seals of LaSalle & Bureau Counties is looking for volunteers for the 5K Run/Walk for the Kids on Saturday, August 1 and to man their booth at Riverfest.
Julie Johnson is leaving her job as executive director of the Ottawa Visitors Center. She’s been there six years. Johnson will go to work for her husband at his business, Johnson Machine Works.
Oil can self-combust in the right conditions, and that happened Tuesday morning at the Dayton Ridge Golf Course.
U.S. 34 will close next Monday for about a week so Union Pacific can rebuild their crossing.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Wayne Rosenthal says the entire Illinois River became a “Restricted Boating Area” Monday morning.
Jim Lockhart of International Brotherhood of Electricians Local 176 and Leo Johnson of United Association of Pipefitters Local 597 were recently elected to serve the remainder of the terms of retiring offers Larry Louis and Joe Nagle.
Grundy County Coroner John Callahan says 58-year old Jerome “Jerry” Burns of Morris was pronounced dead at the scene.
The person who died because of a traffic crash on Interstate 80 in Morris Sunday was a 66-year old Chicago woman. Grundy County Coroner John Callahan says Linda Barnes died in the Morris Hospital emergency room.
One person died in a multi-vehicle traffic crash on Interstate 80 in Morris Sunday afternoon. Two people were killed in another accident that happened on U.S. 34 in Sandwich.
National HIV Testing Day was Saturday. LaSalle County Health Department Spokeswoman Jenny Barrie says free tests are available at their building on E. Etna Road in Ottawa.
Corn Belt Energy customers will start getting refunds in August. The non-profit electric co-op is returning more than $8 million to customers.
The contractor working on the Interstate 80 project in eastern LaSalle County will close the westbound ramps on the Illinois 71 interchange Thursday night, May 28.
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