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National Emergency Alert Test on Wednesday

WASHINGTON  –  A nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System is scheduled for Wednesday around 1:20PM.  The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission will perform the test, which will be similar to the ones that radio stations are required to ...Read more

National Night Out in Princeton a Success

  PRINCETON – The community gathered for a night of fun, education, and entertainment at the National Night Out in Princeton Tuesday night.  The Princeton Police Department and the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office were on hand along with other community organizations to promote ...Read more

City burn pit restrictions in Mendota

MENDOTA – Mendota is implementing burn restrictions due to dry weather. According Fire Chief Dennis Rutishauser, the city will place a restricted burn status at the city burn pit. Rutishauser says it is not a district burn ban. Fire chiefs in the area as well as conservation police are ...Read more

Train Derails in Bureau County

PRINCETON – A train carrying sand derailed Monday in Bureau County, tumbling ten cars onto their sides. No injuries were reported at the scene just west of Zearing. Crews from BNSF were assessing the damage and there was no word on how long repairs to the rails would take. Exclusive video ...Read more

Roundabout; Road Repairs Reviewed

PERU – Peru City Council approved a motion to allow the city engineer to take bids for the road improvement project at North Peoria Street. City Engineer Eric Carls explained that the overall improvement project, which includes adding a roundabout at the intersection of Plank Road and ...Read more

Potential Peru Public Pool Proposed

PERU – Alderman discussed future plans for a public pool at Monday night’s City Council meeting in Peru. City Engineer Eric Carls explained that the city will first be looking at the costs for a pool and then will be looking into a conceptual design. He explained that Phase 1 of the ...Read more

Mendota PD welcomes a first-time Deputy Chief

MENDOTA – Mendota’s police force will now have a deputy chief. Tyler Kent, a six year Mendota Police Officer, was appointed Deputy Chief at Mendota’s city council meeting Monday evening. Chief Greg Kellen appointed Kent and says he is the first deputy chief in Mendota’s 125th history. ...Read more