Author Archives: Ethan Kruger

Smudzinski taking over as LaSalle Chief of Police

LaSalle Police Lt. Michael Smudzinski will take over as Chief of Police in just a few days. He’s been with the LaSalle Police Department for nearly 23-years and has been in investigations for about 16-years. Smudzinski got into police work after his brother did an internship with Peru police. He says investigative work intrigued him.…Read more »

Labor of Love home repair to look different his year

The United Way of Eastern LaSalle County’s Labor of Love Home Repair will look different this year because of pandemic restrictions. Even so, United Way Executive Director Shelli Ocepek says taking care of neighbors is even more important now because of the pandemic. There will be changes in how the big work day on October…Read more »

Mary E. “Betty” Burke, 93

Mary E. “Betty” Burke, 93, of Ottawa, IL, passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Ottawa Pavilion. Private family services will be held. She will be buried at St. Columba Cemetery. Ottawa Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with cremation rites. Betty was born November 12, 1926, in Ottawa, to Daniel T. and Mary…Read more »

Time again for Labor of Love applications

The United Way of Eastern LaSalle County is taking applications for the annual Labor of Love Home Repair program. Executive Director Shelli Ocepek says the pandemic has changed how things will be done, but the core mission is the still the same. Anyone interested in applying should call the United Way office at 815-434-4003. The…Read more »

Ottawa Police Chief thinks armed police will always be needed

Ottawa Police Chief Brent Roalson isn’t against seeing more training for police officers in social work. He doesn’t think there will ever be a time when police aren’t needed on the streets. Roalson isn’t for requiring officers to have a four-year degree. He says police training is constantly changing to help officers better respond to…Read more »

Many questions still remain about returning to school in the fall

The Ottawa Grade School Board has more questions than answers after guidelines for returning to in-person instruction were released a few weeks ago. Supt. Cleve Threadgill told the board of education during a special meeting Wednesday that a team consisting of board members, administrators, social workers, and others will start working out the details. Masks…Read more »

Thomas Massey, 72

Thomas Massey, 72, of Ottawa, passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at the home of his daughter in Ottawa, surrounded by his family. Graveside Services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 13, at Oakwood Memorial Park in Ottawa with the Rev. Gary Castor, of the Ottawa Catholic Parishes, officiating. Full Military Rites will…Read more »