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Compeer Fund Donates to IVCC Ag Program

OGLESBY – The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America made a $5,000 donation to provide technology upgrades for Illinois Valley Community College’s agriculture program. Compeer insurance officer Ryan Leifheit of Ottawa presented a symbolic check to IVCC President Jerry Corcoran and ...Read more

Jury to get Cusick case

OTTAWA – Attorneys gave their finals arguments Friday morning in the trial of a former Ottawa fireman accused of drowning his wife. The prosecution claims 52-year-old Kenneth Cusick is responsible for the murder of his wife Tracy in 2006.  The LaSalle County States Attorney’s say ...Read more

Spring Valley Man Dies in Wednesday Crash

MCNABB – A Spring Valley man is dead after a crash on Wednesday near the community of McNabb.  According to the Putnam County Death Investigator, Bob Cofoid, said that 81-year-old Henry “Hank” S. Bland was traveling north on Illinois Route 89 when for unknown reasons he entered ...Read more

No Injuries in LaSalle house fire

LASALLE – No injuries were reported in a house fire in LaSalle Thursday night. Multiple fire departments responded to the 600 block of Edwards Avenue for a fiery blaze at around 5 p.m. According to LaSalle Fire Chief Andy Bacidore, no one was inside of the home at the time of the fire. ...Read more

Final arguments Friday in Cusick trial

OTTAWA – Defense attorneys rested their case in the trial of a former Ottawa fireman accused of drowning his wife in a toilet. An additional forensic pathologist was brought in Thursday morning to testify that there are inconsistencies to injuries found in the second autopsy of Cusick’s ...Read more

Dog Rescued From Frozen Earlville Pond

  EARLVILLE- A dog was rescued after finding himself in a pond Wednesday afternoon.   Hope Shannon had heard her dog Rizzo yelping, and discovered he had gotten himself trapped in a nearby pond.   The Earlville Fire Department was able to enter the water and rescue him in under 15 minutes. ...Read more