Local Headlines

High Winds Damage Crops Tuesday

TONICA – Gusty winds associated with a storm that had warnings issued by the National Weather Service flattened corn and knocked over a power pole Tuesday evening. No significant damage to homes or structures was reported, but some smaller tree limbs were blown down.   ...Read more

Vacant Home Burns Wednesday Morning

STREATOR – An early morning fire engulfed the back part of a vacant house on the southeast side of Streator Wednesday morning. After midnight the Streator Fire Department was called to the 1100 block of Arthur Street and found a two story home with heavy fire and smoke visible. No injuries ...Read more

Paw Paw Consolidation Meeting Thursday

PAW PAW – The Paw Paw Board of Education will hold a special board meeting in conjunction with the Indian Creek Board tomorrow. The meeting will be held to present the findings from the feasibility study concerning the possibility of decommissioning Paw Paw High School and sending those ...Read more

Dog Park to Open in Streator

STREATOR – The Hardscrabble Lions Club Dog park will have its ceremonial opening tomorrow in Streator. The Lions Club will host the ribbon-cutting event at 3 p.m. Thursday, at 820 James Street at the corner of IL and James Street. The event will have light refreshments, and of course, dog ...Read more

Barn demolition bids sought for IVCC

OGLESBY – The Illinois Valley Community College board has agreed to seek bids for the demolition of a former dairy barn near the south entrance of its Oglesby campus. In 2017, the board’s facilities committee recommended taking the barn down due to its deteriorating structure. Demolition ...Read more

Fatal single vehicle crash near Granville

GRANVILLE – A Princeton man is dead after being ejected from his car near Granville Monday night. Putnam County Sheriffs, PCEMS and multiple fire departments were called shortly before 7 p.m. for a reported single vehicle car crash on Illinois Highway 71.  The driver, 37-year-old Malcolm ...Read more

Rockford Hospital Floods Monday

ROCKFORD – Water was seen pouring through the door of a Hospital in Rockford after heavy rains Monday night. In a statement from Mercy Health Hospital on Rockton Avenue, they said the no patients were in any danger and that the building will not be evacuated. A pharmacy area was flooded as ...Read more

Water Tower; Street Repairs Coming to Mendota

MENDOTA – A contractor was announced for upcoming projects at the City Council meeting in Mendota Monday.  According to the city’s aldermen, several streets, alleys and the water tower near the Mendota Civic Center will be repaired this year. Universal Asphalt & Excavating Inc. will ...Read more