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Cooking Safety Over the Holidays

OTTAWA – With families gathered around the table for a holiday meal, sometimes things could be left unattended in the kitchen and that could lead to a dangerous situation. Sources of fire in the kitchen could be as simple as an overloaded circuit, a grease fire, a microwave fire, or a ...Read more

“Cocoa”, new bison at Buffalo State Park named

OTTAWA – The new bison at Buffalo Rock State Park has a name. Cocoa was the winning name of the contest that local schools took part in, according to Kathy Casstevens, Marketing Director for Starved Rock State Park. In early November, I & M Canal State Trail officials integrated an 1000 ...Read more

Peru Police Consider Adding Part-Time Officers

PERU – Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei discussed the possibility of hiring part-time police officers in the future. Three ordinances were amended and approved at Monday’s city council meeting, which would implement the process of hiring part-time officers. Bernabei assured the public that ...Read more

Peru Swears in New Officer

PERU – Peru Police Department gained a new officer as Brendan Sheedy was sworn in at Monday night’s city council meeting. Sheedy graduated from the College of DuPage’s Suburban Law Enforcement Academy last Friday as part of the college’s largest graduating class in the history of the ...Read more

Two injured in four vehicle crash in Peru

PERU – Two people were transported to a local area hospital after a multiple vehicle crash in Peru Monday night. According to Peru Fire Chief Jeff King, four vehicles heading northbound on 251 and Wenzel Road rear-ended each other, sending two people to Illinois Valley Community Hospital ...Read more