Author Archives: Rick Koshko

Elks and American Legion put on Flag Day observance

Elks and American Legion put on Flag Day observance

The Ottawa Elks Lodge and the American Legion put on a Flag Day ceremony in Washington Park Friday morning with an audience of about 70 children. Elks trustee Anthony Epperson says it’s a club mandate: do something to honor the flag every June 14th. The presentation goes from the flag of England in the earliest…Read more »

Highway project won’t affect Cruise Night in Ottawa

Highway project won’t affect Cruise Night in Ottawa

The LaSalle County Cruisers annual Cruise Night in downtown Ottawa is tonight (June 14). Organizer Mike Dougherty says the highway construction project won’t affect the location, the time, or the detour for southbound Illinois 23 traffic. The event time is from 6pm to 10pm. Car owners can register their vehicles on Jackson St. for $10.…Read more »

County taking bids for new freezers at its nursing home

County taking bids for new freezers at its nursing home

LaSalle County Board Nursing Home Committee member Mike Kasap estimates it’ll cost more than $30,000 to replace the old freezers at the county nursing home. The county will take bids on them soon. The freezers are about 24 years old. Kasap says they’ve been maintained, but they’re showing their age and need to be replaced…Read more »

Three hurt in river rescue training in Oglesby

Three hurt in river rescue training in Oglesby

An inflatable boat exploded during a training exercise in Oglesby last night. The Oglesby Fire Department says two fire fighters and an emergency medical technician were hurt. They were taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital. The training exercise was on the Vermilion River at the canoe landing by Ed Hand Highway.Read more »

LaSalle County drug court update: maybe by fall

LaSalle County drug court update: maybe by fall

LaSalle County State’s Attorney Karen Donnelly had hoped to start drug court by now. She told the County Board this week, she’s still waiting for approval from the Illinois Supreme Court. In the meantime, she’s sending three of her office’s employees to a national drug court seminar. That’s where they learn what works and what…Read more »

3rd year for Poco a Poco music fest

3rd year for Poco a Poco music fest

Professional opera singer Kate Tombaugh is in her hometown Streator this week leading another Poco a Poco music fest. Twenty-two high school age kids are getting a week of intense daily instruction from her and other music professionals. The mini music academy won’t end until Saturday. But the students will perform for the public tomorrow…Read more »

Peru gets federal railroad improvement grant

Peru gets federal railroad improvement grant

The city of Peru is getting a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to rehabilitate 25 miles of railroad track. The plan is to improve the Illinois Railway line from Zearing northeast of Princeton to places near Peru. That will enable the railroad to carry more loads of sand and other locally…Read more »

Tree blamed for south side Ottawa power outage

Tree blamed for south side Ottawa power outage

A power outage has affected many people on Ottawa’s south side for several hours starting late Tuesday afternoon. Ameren Illinois says a falling tree causes the problem a little before 5pm. Many of the affected homes are along Gentleman Rd. Around 90 customers were still without power as of about 11pm.Read more »