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Three people charged in Fair Oaks Farms case

FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — Three people have been charged with animal cruelty following the release of video showing workers kicking and throwing young calves at a northwestern Indiana dairy farm that’s an agritourism destination. The Newton County Sheriff’s Department said Monday that ...Read more

Mendota Track Construction Begins This Week

MENDOTA – The aging and crumbling track surface at the Mendota District 289 facility on Stroble Ave is getting rebuilt this summer. The project, funded in part by “Friends of the Track”, is seeking donations to help with the project. The former high school football field and track is now ...Read more

Mendota Police: No Shot Fired But Victim Battered

MENDOTA – The early Sunday morning call for a person with a gunshot wound turned out to be unsubstantiated after an investigation by Mendota Police, however, one person was eventually taken into custody. Around 3 AM they were called to the 100 Block of South 13th Ave for a report of a ...Read more

New Women’s Basketball Coach for IVCC

OGLESBY – There will be a new coach at Illinois Valley Community College for their women’s basketball program. Josh Nauman has been hired as Illinois Valley Community College’s women’s basketball coach. Tom Ptak, who led the program for six years, stepped down following the ...Read more

Police Investigating Shooting Incident in Mendota

MENDOTA – The Mendota Police are investigating an incident involving a gun early Sunday morning.    Authorities were called to the 100 block of 13th Ave around 3 AM for a report of someone with a gunshot wound.    Police say they are still looking into the matter, but they emphasize ...Read more

Rescue Made on Lake Depue Saturday Evening

DEPUE – Kayakers who needed to be rescued were the cause of a call to area river rescue crews at Lake Depue Saturday.   According to authorities Peru and Spring Valley River Rescue crews were notified that two people needed to be brought back to land after capsizing their kayaks around 6 ...Read more

USDA: less than half of corn planted in Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — A wet spring delayed planting of the Illinois corn crop. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says as of June 2, Illinois farmers have sown corn in 45% of the acreage dedicated to the crop. That is 53% below the five-year average. Of the seeds that have been laid, only 32% have ...Read more