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Lightning Strike Causes Fire At Ottawa Resort

During Monday afternoon's severe storms, a fire broke out at a popular resort in Starved Rock Country. According to the Ottawa Fire Department, lightning struck a house at the Heritage Harbor Marina. It started a brief fire in the home's attic. Nobody was home at the time so neighbors called for help.
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Pontiac crews work to clear storm debris

PONTIAC, Ill. (WMBD) — As communities clean up fireworks following the Fourth of July; some central Illinois communities are picking up following strong thunderstorms Monday night. Despite the hot and muggy weather Tuesday, Pontiac Public Works crews continue to clear Chautauqua Park. Many large trees were uprooted within the...

Looking Back in the pages of The Blade

Dr. Parsons reports the advent of a nice little daughter to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Murtaugh, near Chatsworth. The many friends of Edward Blair, formerly of this city, will be surprised to learn of his marriage to Miss Lena E. Williams at Saunemin last Sunday evening. Miss...

Indictments Handed Down in Ottawa

The La Salle County Grand Jury returned a number of indictments on Tuesday. Among them is 33-year-old Tabitha Gillette of Naplate. She's facing two charges of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. In this case, Gillette had allegedly sold the drugs to TRIDENT task force members in April and May. She's in jail on a million dollars' bond.

Thomas J. Scullans, 63

Thomas J. Scullans, age 63, of Streator, IL passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2022. He was born on October 21, 1958 in Streator, IL the son of James and Marilyn (Micklos) Scullans, both deceased. He is survived by his son, John Scullans (fiancée Amber and son Noah) of Streator,...

Dale C. Maley: House history mirrors Fairbury history

A title search was done if you purchased a house in Fairbury before about 1968. This title search verified and tracked the ownership of the land from the time it was initially purchased from the federal government until the date of the house sale. The new owner received a copy of this "Abstract of Title." This document was often 40 to 50 pages long because all legal documents related to the land the house was built on were included in the abstract. Because these abstracts became cumbersome to manage, they were discontinued around 1968.

Central Illinois ambulance arrives in war-torn Ukraine

EL PASO (Heart of Illinois ABC) - War-ravaged Ukraine has received a potentially life-saving shipment from Woodford County. The El Paso Emergency Squad posted on its Facebook page that the former El Paso EMS ambulance was delivered and crossed the border into Ukraine. The ambulance has more than 200,000 miles...

Decision pays off as Ryan Unzicker wins in FALS Cup action

FAIRBURY — A change of plans worked out for Ryan Unzicker Saturday night as the speedster from El Paso scored a win in the late model feature at Fairbury Speedway. Following a weekend off due to rain, the Fairbury Speedway celebrated Independence Day with a FALS Cup/Alkota weekly program, presented by Knapp Kitchens and CK Power. Besides Unzicker, Michael Ledford (modified), Tommy Duncan (CR Towing Sportsman), Megan Erwin (stock car), Brian Deavers (hobby-modified) and Gavyn Parmele (KidModz) crossed the finish line first in their respective classes.

Rain leads to area sinkholes

Fourth of July rains led to area sinkholes in La Salle and Oglesby. La Salle closed the intersection of Fourth and Bucklin streets Monday following heavy rains. Mayor Jeff Grove said there is no danger to the public and the public works department would address the issue Tuesday morning. Rain...

Severe T-Storm Warning Livingston Co

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Southern Livingston County in central Illinois... * Until 515 PM CDT. * At 434 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Chenoa, or near Fairbury, moving east at 30 mph. HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees. * Locations impacted include... Fairbury, Forrest and Strawn. Including the following interstate... I-55 between mile markers 189 and 191.
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Bonita Vodinelich

Bonita Jean (Young) Vodinelich was born on June 18, 1932 in the town of El Paso, WI to William and Anna (Steinhauser) Young. Bonita passed away on June 30th, 2022 at Cambridge Senior Living in Hudson, WI after a short illness. She had just celebrated her 90th birthday. Bonita grew up in Ellsworth, WI. Bonita married the love of her life Thomas Martin Vodinelich on July 20th, 1957 at the Lost Creek Catholic Church in El Paso, WI. Tom and Bonita would have been married 65 years on July 20, 2022. She moved to River Falls, WI after marriage and resided there for the past 65 years. Bonita graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1950 and then went on to Wisconsin State College at River Falls (now UWRF) where she graduated with a degree in teaching. She taught for a short time then decided to dedicate her time to raising a family. She positively impacted her students as some still wrote to her to this day. Her gift of teaching carried on as she used her skills to teach catechism and to teach her grandchildren how to read and do arithmetic. Tom and Bonita owned Vodinelich’s Town and Country Electric as well as B and T Rental where they treated their tenants like family. Bonita loved traveling with Tom to Hawaii, trips out to Yellowstone, California, and Florida. She also enjoyed summer trips to Hayward, fall rides to La Crosse, fishing, watching birds, shopping, spending time baking cookies and making jam with grandkids. Bonita is survived by her children, Peggy (David) Wiseman River Falls, Timothy (Leslie) Vodinelich (St. Charles, MN), Terry (Sherri) Vodinelich (Boyceville), Patricia Vodinelich (Woodbury, MN), Pamela (Jeffrey) Larson (Hudson), and Michael (Christy) Vodinelich (Hager City) along with her sister Rose Pittman (Chicago, IL), Joanne (Jim) Hyde (Mountain View, AR), William Young (Ellsworth) and Peggy (Lloyd) Kearns (Webster). She also has 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren whom she has enjoyed watching grow. Bonita was preceded in death by her loving husband Thomas Vodinelich, her parents, William and Anna Young, her sister Bette Foss, and grandson Spencer Halverson. A memorial gathering will be held Thursday, July 14,2022 at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services in River Falls, WI beginning with a visitation at 4:00pm followed by a prayer service at 5 pm. Private interment will be held at a later date at Lost Creek Cemetery. The family prefers donations to be made in Bonita’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Swap Shop 7/6/

GARAGE SALE 1806 N Shabbona, Streator Wed, 7/6 8 AM – ? 68″base cabinet w/metal top, barnwood projects, wood crates (7-up & coke), LT245/75R16 on Ford rim tire (large hole center), toys, miscellaneous items. LOOKING FOR Used old metal or plastic storage shed. Will haul and willing to...