Author Archives: Rick Koshko

Pandemic relief fund offering up to $100k to area non-profits

Up to $100,000 could soon be on its way to help non-profit organizations that feed, clothe, and shelter people in this area. Pamela Beckett of the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation says the Illinois COVID-19 Grantmakers Response Fund informed her Tuesday afternoon of the eligibility. She’s working with the United Way chapters in the area…Read more »

Cynthia Burrows-Myer, 59

Cynthia “Cindy” Marie Burrows-Myer 1960 – 2020 Cynthia “Cindy” Marie Burrows-Myer, 59, of Ottawa passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at the Ottawa Pavilion. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa. Cindy was born on September 28, 1960 in…Read more »

Patricia Baxter, 87

Patricia Ann (Deckard) Baxter, 87, of Ottawa, IL, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at her home, surrounded by her family. Private services will be held. Burial will be in Oakwood Memorial Park. Ottawa Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Patricia was born November 15, 1932, in Ottawa to Lindsay and Zelda (Lyle) Deckard.…Read more »

Parks are closed–mostly

You can walk, hike, run, or bike in city parks in Illinois. But Ottawa Police Chief Brent Roalson says you can’t use the playground equipment, ball diamonds, or tennis courts. That’s part of the shutdown ordered to slow the corona virus’ spread. Some cities or park districts may be stricter than others, closing all trails…Read more »

Ottawa athlete prepares for Big Run for Small Business

From April 1st to 12th, you may see Ottawa athlete Coree Aussem-Woltering running. If you can get a picture of him and post it online, he might award you with a gift card to a local business. His Big Run for Small Business fundraiser will take donations via Go Fund Me to buy those gift…Read more »

Sixth virus case reported in LaSalle County

A woman in her 30s is the sixth person from LaSalle County to test positive for the corona virus. The LaSalle County Health Department says she’s recovering at her home. The word came Tuesday afternoon as the Illinois Department of Public Health announced a new statewide count of 5,994 cases so far. That’s from 937…Read more »

Illinois governor extends stay-at-home order to April 30

By JOHN O’CONNOR and KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ governor has extended his statewide stay-at-home order for three weeks as the nation struggles to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday set a new deadline of April 30 for keeping people inside except for essential needs and…Read more »

Barbara Kerwin

Barbara Ann Kerwin of Apache Juncton, AZ, formally of Ottawa, IL passed peacefully in her sleep after a long illness on Saturday March 29, 2020 at the home of her daughter, Cathy (Collins) Moats. Private family services will be held. Ottawa Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Barbara was born on September 9, 1939…Read more »

Everyone okay after senior citizen living center fire

None of the people living at a senior citizen living center in Spring Valley were hurt when a fire started in one of the apartments Monday morning. Fire Chief Todd Bogatitus says all the residents and workers at St. Margaret Health Living Center were in the basement. The fire departments that helped had the fire…Read more »

William “Bill” Kanellis, 89

OTTAWA – William L. “Bill” Kanellis, age 89, of Ottawa, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2020, with his loving family at his side. Private family viewing and services will be held with Rev. Fr.Chris Avramopoulos officiating. Interment will be in Ottawa Avenue Cemetery. A public visitation and service will be held at a later date…Read more »