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Truck Destroyed After Interstate Fire Friday

UTICA – The driver escaped injury but the vehicle was a total loss after a fire along I-80 Friday night.   Just before 10 PM Utica and Wallace Fire Departments were called to the westbound lanes near mile marker 85 where they found a pickup fully engulfed.    The pickup was towed from ...Read more

Bleeding trauma kits distributed to Illinois schools

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Schools in Illinois are receiving emergency materials to stop victim bleeding in case of serious accident or incident. The Illinois Terrorism Task Force announced Wednesday that it distributed more than 7,000 so-called Stop the Bleed kits after a recommendation from the ...Read more


The Illinois Valley Community College agriculture program, in partnership with Case IH and University of Illinois Extension, will conduct a field day at the campus farm along the west side of Orlando Smith Road from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 18. The field day is open to the public and ...Read more

Fish kill discovered in streams near Triumph

TRIUMPH – Property owners in rural LaSalle County near Triumph have begun discovering a number of dead fish in area streams on Thursday.   A few dead fish could be spotted from bridges in and around Ophir township.     A neighbor of rural Mendota resident Bob Johnson asked him Thursday ...Read more

Bison at Buffalo Rock State Park dies

  OTTAWA – The matriarch American bison at Buffalo State Park has passed away. According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, on Thursday, Holly the bison, was euthanized due to a serious illness. Holly was born in 1999 and came to Buffalo Rock in 2005. She gave birth to a ...Read more