Author Archives: Rick Koshko

County Board sets nursing home rates for 2020

It will cost $300 more per month to stay at the LaSalle County Nursing Home in 2020. The County Board last week approved rates for next year. Each one is going up by $10 per day. So a private room will be $172 per day and a semi-private room will be $162 per day. Raising…Read more »

Patricia A. (Neilsen) Mathieu

Patricia A. (Neilsen) Mathieu, 84, of Ottawa, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, October 11, 2019 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Ottawa. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, with Rev. David Kipfer, Pastor of the Ottawa Catholic Parishes, officiating. Burial…Read more »

Ronald D. Lowe, 85

MARSEILLES – Ronald D. Lowe, age 85, passed away October 10, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. A remembrance ceremony will be held at the American Legion in Marseilles on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Sherry Stevenson officiating. A celebration of life for friends and family will follow until 4:00 p.m.…Read more »

Judy Lynn Zehrung, 59

Judy Lynn Zehrung 1960 – 2019 Judy Lynn Zehrung, age 59 of Ottawa, IL was taken home to rest in the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, October 10, 2019. Funeral services will be at Grace Baptist Church at 10 a.m., Wednesday, October 16th, with her husband, Pastor Dave Zehrung officiating.…Read more »

Proposed law would allow sales of home-baked goods

STORY BY MARTHA HOFFMAN Home bakers could start selling their products if the LaSalle County Board approves the “cupcake law.” Chris Pozzi, Environmental Health Division Director of the LaSalle County Health Department, described the law to the County Board Thursday. Baked goods that would be allowed include breads, cookies, cakes, pies, and pastries that do…Read more »

Evon Eugene Towne, 67

Evon Eugene Towne, 67, of Marseilles, passed away peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 14th at Praise Center Assembly of God in Ottawa. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p. m.…Read more »

Mayor Aussem suggests professionally run kite festival

If the city of Ottawa holds any new festivals, one could be a kite festival. Mayor Dan Aussem likes kites. At last week’s meeting on the future of city events, he talked about a Chicago firm that puts on kite festivals. He learned about it from a vintner at the 2 Rivers Wine and Jazz…Read more »

Streator neighborhood sewer passes weather’s stress test

A part of Streator where home plumbing outlets led to old mine shafts has been upgraded to a proper sewer system. City Engineer Jeremy Palm says that took care of sewer backups during heavy rain in the Barlow Addition. Residents petitioned to be annexed in 2015. The city went ahead and annexed the area near…Read more »