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Two Injured After Motorcycles Crash in Utica

UTICA – Two men were injured after a Sunday evening crash in Utica.  According to the Utica Police Department, they were called around 8:15PM to the 2900 block of IL 178 for a collision between two motorcycles.  Authorities say 39-year-old Isreal J. Ballard of Toluca was traveling south ...Read more

New Playground Equipment in Paw Paw

PAW PAW – Roger’s Park on Chicago Road in Paw Paw added new playground equipment thanks to volunteers over the weekend.   The existing swingsets were joined by a new climbing structure featuring slides for the town to enjoy.   Village President Michael Torman said this project was about ...Read more

Grant Money Brings More Children to Mendota Library

MENDOTA – Emily Kofoid, director of the Graves-Hume public library in Mendota spoke at the District 289 School Board meeting Thursday to talk about how a grant facilitated students outside of the city limits of Mendota to get library cards.  The grant enabled 102 library cards to be issued ...Read more

Utica Pork Fest Continues Sunday

UTICA – The weekend gathering at Carey Memorial Park in Utica to celebrate pork continues as Pork Fest rolls into its second day. Sunday festivities kick off at noon with a performance by Ottawa Dance Academy and the band Free Range Chickens starting at 3 PM. The kids zone will be in action ...Read more

Spring Valley Couple Die After Putnam County Crash

SPRING VALLEY – A Spring Valley couple has died after a crash Friday in Putnam County. The Putnam County Sheriff’s office say that 62-year-old Laurence E. Sieg was turning north on to Illinois 89 from North 1250th Road when his vehicle was struck on the drivers side by a 17-year-old ...Read more

Minute Breakers Classic This Weekend

MENDOTA- The sound of remote control boats will fill the air this weekend as the Minute Breakers Classic returns to Lake Mendota.  Mike Zaborowski came from Wisconsin to compete in the event, which will see the small nitro-methane powered boats reach speeds up to 90 MPH.   This is the 19th year ...Read more