Author Archives: Rick Koshko

James “Buddy” Naughton, 79

James “Buddy” W. Naughton, 79 of rural Grand Ridge passed away Monday (October 14, 2019) at OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Ottawa. Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 – 7 PM at the Grand Ridge Funeral Home with a prayer service at 3:45 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 11:00…Read more »

Ottawa drivers license station to close

The drivers license station in Ottawa will close at the end of this week. An announcement from the Secretary of State’s Office says it couldn’t work out a new lease with the owner. The state will try to find another place in Ottawa to do business. In the meantime, drivers who would normally go to…Read more »

Heart disease management–with or without symptoms

Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’s managing his heart condition well enough now to participate in a presidential candidate forum Tuesday night, although he admits ignoring heart trouble symptoms before. OSF Cardiologist Dr. Steve Lome says symptoms can be shortness of breath and a feeling of weakness. There can be pain and heaviness in the chest.…Read more »

Free disposal at Marseilles Clean Up Days

Story by Martha Hoffman The annual Marseilles Clean Up Days takes place next week, and it’s free. Free waste disposal will be available with dumpsters at the city garage on Thursday and Friday, October 24 and 25 from 7AM and 6PM and on Saturday, October 26 from 8AM to noon. Commissioner Jim Buckingham explains this…Read more »

Irene Donahue, 67

Irene Donahue, 67, of Ottawa, passed away Monday, October 7,2019, at Aperion Care Marseilles. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, October 15th at 3pm at Oakwood Memorial Park. A celebration of life will follow in Naplate, Illinois. Irene was born June 21, 1952, in Ottawa, IL, to Ralph Anderson and Emma Anderson .…Read more »

IVCC College and Career Night to emphasize alternatives to four-year college

STORY BY MARTHA HOFFMAN This year, there are even more opportunities at Illinois Valley Community College’s College and Career Night. IVCC’s Director of Admissions, Records and Transfer Services Quintin Overocker says there’s an emphasis on the variety of education options available, like technical and career education. He says IVCC will have information on its certificates…Read more »

Ottawa Chamber will interview top three applicants for top job

People interested in the executive director’s job at the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce have until November 1 to apply. The nine-member search committee will pick the top three candidates and interview them. Chamber board chair Angie Stevenson says the organization wants someone who recognizes new opportunities, can continually improve existing activities, and bring fresh…Read more »