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Ottawa is Blooming annual rain barrel sale starts

You can now order rain barrels for the Ottawa Blooming Committee’s sixth annual rain barrel sale. The 55 gallon rain barrels cost $60 plus tax. It can be done online at and must be complete by Wednesday, May 19th. There are also mail-in forms available at Ottawa City Hall and must be dropped off…Read more »

Manager named for Habitat’s Re-Store

Michelle “Mimi” Dzierzynski has been named the manager for the Habitat Restore for Lasalle, Bureau and Putnam Counties. Dzierzynski says she believes in the Habitat mission of building a strong foundation of family, self-reliance and providing affordable homeownership opportunities for qualified families. The Restore accepts donations of new and used items focusing on home improvement…Read more »

New judge to be chosen for defamation suit against high school

Judge Christina Cantlin has recused herself from a slander lawsuit filed by retired Ottawa High School Teacher Tim Burgess. The case will be reassigned to another judge in the future with the dates still being determined. Cantlin said she knows some of the members of the Ottawa High School District going back to when she…Read more »

Election results: changes on some school boards

As of right now in the election for area school districts the Ottawa School Board’s apparent winners are Larry Bartman, Karen Fisher, current Vice President George Shanley, and current President Donald Harris. The board members will decide if Harris and Shanley will remain in their roles. Other school board races include Streator in which the…Read more »

Oglesby hires firm to repaint water treatment plant reservoir

The Oglesby City Council on Tuesday approved a proposal from the Putnam County Painting Company to recoat the Water Treatment Plant reservoir. The sandblasting company from Mark, IL will be hired to repaint the reservoir. Commissioner Jason Curran notes that there is one thing resident might notice about the water they use during this project.…Read more »

With shutoffs resuming, water company shows how to get help

Illinois American Water is urging its customers with a past due balance to access the company’s financial assistance program H2O or Help to Others. The program, along with payment plans is available to help prevent service interruption for nonpayment. External Affairs Manager Karen Cotton says that it’s very important for customers to reach out about…Read more »