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David Castelli, 51

David Castelli, 51

David Castelli, 51, of Ottawa, IL, passed away Sunday February 23, 2020 at Joliet Area Community Hospice. A Funeral Celebration will be at 6:00 pm Friday 28, 2020. Visitation will be 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm before the services at Ottawa Funeral Home. David was born January 24, 1969, in Dekalb, IL, to John B…

County computer crash halts document recording, cripples FOIA requests

County computer crash halts document recording, cripples FOIA requests

Output has come to a halt at the LaSalle County Recorder of Deeds Office because of the computer problems affecting county government. Recorder Karen Miller says documents are coming in, but mortgages, deeds, military discharge papers, and everything else isn’t getting very far. Everything’s being looked over, but it’s put in a to-do stack. Miller…

Sonar search called off in search for missing Ottawa woman

Sonar search called off in search for missing Ottawa woman

Another method has been exhausted in the search for a missing Ottawa woman.Conservation Police Sergeant Phil Wire says searchers have done all they can to find the body of Tina Donovan in the Illinois River. Police stopped using sonar in the river last week. Ground searches of Starved Rock State Park were completed without finding…

Teacher union president would like to see mentors for new teachers

Teacher union president would like to see mentors for new teachers

The U.S. Department of Education says 17% of new teachers leave the profession within five years. So, school districts are constantly putting resources into helping new teachers get their bearings only to see many leave anyway. Ottawa Township High School Education Association President Jessica Overocker thinks mentor programs could help. She likes the idea of…

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AP Prep Basketball Monday Scores

AP Prep Basketball Monday Scores

Monday’s Scores By The Associated Press BOYS PREP BASKETBALL= Chatham Glenwood 59, Rochester 28 Danville 69, Rantoul 38 Loyola 75, Chicago (Noble Charter/C. Bulls) 29 O’Fallon 61, Edwardsville 58 1A Casey (C.-Westfield) Sectional= Regional Quarterfinal= Altamont 64, Sandoval 29 Brownstown – St. Elmo 75, Patoka 71 Casey-Westfield 66, Martinsville 21 Cumberland 52, Arcola 26 Red…

Monday Local Roundup: Post Season Results

Monday Local Roundup: Post Season Results

The Marquette Crusaders began their journey to the State Title with a decisive win over The Serena Huskers 75 to 52 in game 2 of  the Somonauk class 1-A regional. Luke Couch finished with 18 points, while Nick Melvin added 15 and Logan Nelson with 14, Game one in the tournament host Somonauk defeated Bridgeview…

AP Prep Basketball Weekend Scores

AP Prep Basketball Weekend Scores

Friday’s Scores By The Associated Press BOYS PREP BASKETBALL= ALAH 54, Okaw Valley 49 Aledo (Mercer County) 67, Princeville 66, OT Altamont 58, Windsor/ Stew-Stras co-op (BKB) 53 Alton 43, Edwardsville 40 Alton Marquette 62, Waterloo Gibault 26 Anna-Jonesboro 70, Sparta 55 Annawan 56, Monmouth United 53 Argenta-Oreana 64, Decatur Lutheran (LSA) 35 Athens 68,…

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2 cheetah cubs born via IVF for 1st time at Columbus Zoo

2 cheetah cubs born via IVF for 1st time at Columbus Zoo

tracielouise/iStock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Two cheetah cubs have been born via in vitro fertilization to a surrogate mother for the first time ever at the Columbus Zoo.The cubs, one male and one female, and their surrogate mother, Izzy, are doing well after the birth on Feb. 19, the zoo’s vice president of animal health, Dr. Randy…

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Trump maintains Russian interference in 2020 election is about Sanders, not his reelection

Trump maintains Russian interference in 2020 election is about Sanders, not his reelection

discus63/iStock(WASHINGTON) — As questions about Russian interference in the 2020 presidential election continue to loom over both the president’s reelection campaign and the Democratic primary, President Donald Trump on Tuesday again denied that he’s receiving help from Russia, stressing he doesn’t want any assistance from any foreign powers.“First of all, I want no help from…

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Petition for airlines to seat families together for free takes off

Petition for airlines to seat families together for free takes off

tonefotografia/iStock(NEW YORK) — It’s an all-too-common complaint among families who fly: pay an additional charge to make sure you children are seated with you or run the risk of having even babies and toddlers seated among strangers.The practice of paying for an advance seat assignment used to apply only to low-cost, no frills carriers like…

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Twitter hilariously reacts to Jordan Peele’s terrifying ‘Candyman’ dare

Twitter hilariously reacts to Jordan Peele’s terrifying ‘Candyman’ dare

Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic (LOS ANGELES) — Jordan Peele had an interesting way to get the word out about his upcoming thriller Candyman — with a dare. On Tuesday, the 41-year-old propositioned his fans on Twitter. “I dare you to say his name,” Peele tweeted along with instructions to tweet #Candyman five times in one post. He promised that those who completed…

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Rapper Pop Smoke died of gunshot wound to torso: coroner

Rapper Pop Smoke died of gunshot wound to torso: coroner

SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty ImagesNew York rapper Pop Smoke died from a gunshot wound to his torso during a reported home invasion at his Hollywood Hills home a week ago, according to the Los Angeles County coroner report obtained by New York’s Daily News on Monday. Smoke, born Bashar Barakah Jackson, was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was pronounced…