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Hoffman wins Matthiessen Award

  OGLESBY-Martha Hoffman of Earlville earned the Frederick W. Matthiessen Award at Illinois Valley Community College’s 52nd annual commencement Saturday. The award, among the college’s most prestigious, is awarded periodically to graduates who demonstrate academic excellence and ...Read more

Vehicle Stolen Sunday in Streator

STREATOR – Sunday morning a resident in the 500 block of Bronson street reported a vehicle was stolen. A silver 2009 Pontiac Vibe was reportedly taken from a garage with the license plate number of AL28665. If anyone knows the whereabouts of this vehicle they should contact the Streator ...Read more

Hero Officer Leads Students in to Graduation

DIXON – The crowd that was gathered to watch the seniors at Dixon High School graduate stood as the police officer credited with saving their lives was honored by leading them into the gymnasium. The Sunday afternoon ceremony came just four days after a gunman opened fire during graduation ...Read more

Bond Remains at $2 Million for Dixon Shooter

DIXON – A teenager who authorities say fired shots at Dixon high school before he was shot by a school resource officer made is first court appearance Friday. Matthew Milby was arraigned by video in Lee County Circuit Court. His bond remained set at $2 million dollars. He is charged with ...Read more

Hit and Run Accident Sends One to Hospital

PERU – A 58-year-old man was taken to the hospital after his vehicle was struck and knocked into a utility pole Wednesday evening.   According to the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office the man was southbound on US 251 five miles north of Peru around 10 pm when his vehicle was rear ended by ...Read more

Shooting at Dixon High School Injures One

DIXON –  A shooting Wednesday in the Dixon High School gymnasium has one person in custody after being shot by an officer.  According to Dixon Police Chief Steve Howell, the suspect fired several shots in a hallway near the gym and the resource officer assigned to the school charged the ...Read more

IVCC Students Build Little Libraries

OGLESBY – Illinois Valley Community College’s Sigma Kappa Delta members installed a Little Free Library, which houses give-and-take books accessible to the public, at Hy-Vee in Peru. SKD is the college’s two-year college English Honor Society which strives to promote English and ...Read more

Ottawa Man Arrested on Heroin Charges

OTTAWA – A traffic stop Sunday led to the arrest of an Ottawa man on heroin charges. According to Ottawa police, a traffic stop in the 500 block of State Street began an investigation and search of a vehicle. A passenger, 47-year-old Levolia Pointer, was arrested and charged with two counts ...Read more

Grants issued for public works

PRINCETON – The North Central Illinois Council of Governments assisted the Villages of DePue and Standard and the Cities of LaSalle and Princeton in receiving over 1.3 million dollars in Community Development Block Grant funds from Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity ...Read more