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No new cases and one new recovery were reported in the LaSalle County Health Department’s daily coronavirus update Sunday. That brings the recovery count up to 167 and leaves the total case count so far at 226. The Illinois Department of Public Health yesterday reported 639 new cases for a total of 147,251 so far.…read more »
Covia Holdings intends to keep paying wages while it reorganizes in bankruptcy court. The company’s court filings last week say its biggest creditors will get a stake in the company. Already feeling financial pressure because of a drooping energy market, Covia idled the Unimin mine in Utica earlier this year and has idled other operations…read more »
The Peru Public Library is opening its doors on Monday for the first time since pandemic shutdowns began. Director Charm Ruhnke says measures are in place to encourage social distancing. Hours are different too. The library will be open Monday through Thursday ten to six, Fridays from ten to four, and Saturdays from ten to…read more »
A new scholarship at Illinois Valley Community College will be for Army veterans pursuing a career in electrical work or nursing. The “Home of the Free because of the Brave” scholarship was formed by the widow of Vietnam veteran Terry Maloy, a Princeton native, who died of cancer thought to be related to Agent Orange…read more »
Ottawa State Representative Lance Yednock is reminding people about Business Interruption Grant Funding available through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Applications are due Tuesday. The first round of grants will be worth $60-million. Businesses can receive up to $20,000. More information is online at the DCEO’s website.read more »
Rick Koshko lived the first half of his life in southern Illinois, then moved to Ottawa early in his broadcasting career. His first thoughts of broadcasting as a career occurred to him at age five–when it was bed time and he realized the guy on the radio didn’t have to go to bed yet. Some irony: for most of the time he’s worked in radio, Rick has had to get up very early in the morning to be on the air, sometimes in addition to being up late at night like he wanted.
Rick is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s broadcasting program. He speaks Esperanto, likes astronomy (SkyCaramba), and makes a hobby of photography.
Ethan Kruger started his broadcasting career in college after realizing that he liked hearing himself talk a little bit too much. After a brief stint of spinning records at Eastern Illinois University’s student FM station, Ethan realized his love for reporting the news. He loves where he works and is always excited to discuss what’s happening in the community. Ethan sees it as a privilege to serve the good people of LaSalle County through broadcasting.
Ethan likes board games, the outdoors, and watching all the different versions of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.