Mendota, IL

Trouble at Neighboring Peru Taverns

Tavern trouble isn't unique to La Salle. Two Peru bars, next-door neighbors, in fact, got visits by officers in recent days. Saturday morning at about 1:30, police were called to Edge's Tap at 1805 Fourth Street to look into a battery complaint. After checking it out, police arrested 49-year-old William Sparling of Peru on that charge. He was released with a June 27 court date.
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Ottawa K9 search leads to drug arrests

OTTAWA – A search of a vehicle assisted by an Ottawa K9 Officer led to a pair of drug arrests on Tuesday. The Ottawa Police Department say they stopped a vehicle around 3:15 AM and after a search, discovered what they say was a large amount of purported cocaine, crack-cocaine and heroin. Authorities say they took 27-year-old Damien M. Johnson and 30-year-old Amber L. Katrein into custody on a number of charges, including two Class X Felonies. Both were taken to the LaSalle County Jail and are being held on bonds set at $1 million each.
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Fatal Hit And Run Defendant Indicted; Also Posts $20,000 Bond

The man accused in a fatal hit and run in La Salle has been indicted along with posting bond. A grand jury in La Salle County Tuesday indicted 26-year-old Gabriel Benitez of Streator on the felony charge of failing to report an accident involving a death. He's accused of hitting 45-year-old Carl Telford of La Salle with his Cadillac Escalade back on Sunday, May 8th while Telford rode his bike on Route 351 on the south end of La Salle. Telford later died at a hospital from his injuries.

Barbara J. Voss, 82

Barbara J. Voss, 82, passed May 21, 2022 at home surrounded by family. Born in Sandwich, IL., April 2, 1940 the daughter of Lester and Blanche (Anderson) Sherman. On December 15, 1956 she married David L. Voss and shared 65 years in marriage together. Barbara was a lifelong member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church. In her early years she enjoyed being on the bowling league, volunteering for Meals on Wheels and the Jr. Women’s Club. She was a bus driver and employee for the Somonauk school district for more than 25 years. Barbara loved taking trips to Chicago and was a fan of the Chicago Cubs and Bears. She loved going to the Sandwich Fair. Barbara was an avid reader and a member of the group Friends of the Library.
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Amboy couple to hold 60th anniversary celebration Mass

AMBOY – Albert and Norma Borell of Amboy will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a celebration Mass on Sunday, June 5 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Sublette. Albert Borell Jr. and Normajean Bulfer were united in marriage June 2, 1962 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help...

Lorraine Fields, 88

Lorraine Fields, age 88, of Waterman, IL passed away on Friday May 20, 2022 at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb surrounded by family. She was born on June 2, 1933 in Waterman, IL to Enos and Mable (Roberts) Baie. Lorraine was united in marriage on November 2, 1951 to...
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Two MHS students to attend Girls State

MENDOTA – Two deserving Mendota High School students have been selected to attend the Illini Girls State held at Eastern Illinois University in June. The program, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, is designed to teach young women to understand and appreciate their roles as United States citizens. Approximately 600 11th grade girls from around the state will attend the week-long leadership seminar.

Jane T. Caseley, M.D., 79

Jane T. Caseley, M.D., 79, of Somonauk, IL passed away on May 20, 2022. Jane was born on November 4, 1942 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Dr. Donald and Mary Elizabeth (Gorrell) Caseley. Jane was a graduate of Indiana University and University of Illinois, Chicago. She worked as an ER doctor at Illinois Masonic Hospital, Chicago Thorek Hospital in Chicago, as well as other Chicago area hospitals.
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Memorial Day services set at Compton and West Brooklyn

COMPTON – The Compton-West Brooklyn American Legion Post #657 will hold two Memorial Day Services on Monday, May 30. The first service will begin at 10 a.m. at Melugins Grove Cemetery, Compton. Those in attendance are encouraged to bring their worn out or torn flags for disposal at the flag-burning ceremony.
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Lemonade stand fundraiser set for 6-year-old battling cancer

MENDOTA – A fundraiser to help Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation will be held Tuesday, May 31 from 4-7 p.m. at 804 Meadowview Drive, Mendota. Six-year-old Gavin Springsteen is battling neuroblastoma and the money raised during Gavin’s lemonade stand will go directly toward neuroblastoma research. Gavin is the son of Michael and Allie Springsteen of Rock Island. His mom, Allie, is the former Allie Nowlin of Mendota.

L-P Students Create Mural In Downtown La Salle

A building in La Salle is getting brightened up by a group of talented young artists. Art students at L-P High School recently finished six murals of local musicians on the backside of the Cody Burroughs State Farm Office across from Nick's on 6. It's the first phase of a project to cover the entire wall with murals of musicians who have played at that venue.
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Sublette to hold Memorial Day events

Mick Hartley of Mendota will be the speaker at the Sublette Memorial Day Service to be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30 in front of Ellice Dinges Center. Hartley grew up in Compton. He is a member and past commander of Mendota VFW Post 4079. He served in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970.
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Softball: Dixon downs Rochelle in IHSA 3A Regional Semifinals

STERLING — A three-run blast from senior Jordin Dickey highlighted the Rochelle Lady Hub varsity softball team’s IHSA 3A Sterling Regional Semifinal against Dixon on Tuesday. With the seventh-seeded Lady Hubs trailing the third-seeded Duchesses 5-0, Dickey crushed an opposite-field homer over the left-center field fence, bringing Rochelle...

Call For Volunteers At Starved Rock

Volunteers are needed at Starved Rock State Park – whether you wield a hammer – or not. Park Naturalist Lisa Sons says help is needed to remove damaged signs and install markers on the trails. But, if tools are not your thing, be a docent or simply walk the trails to assist visitors with directions or questions.
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Stage 212 looking for children to audition for Lion King Jr.

LaSALLE – Stage 212 has announced auditions for the 2022 Children’s Theater production, “Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.” will take place Friday, June 10 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 11 at 10 a.m. (attend one) at the theater, 700 First St. in LaSalle. Callbacks will be held on Sunday, June 12 at noon. A full production by kids, for kids, “Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.” is open to all children entering grades 4 through 9.

La Salle Freshman Olivia Williams Wins Individual Girls’ Golf Title

La Salle freshman Olivia Williams earned the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s individual girls’ golf championship at Warwick Country Club Tuesday. Williams shot a +4 76 in the 18 hole round. This as Ponaganset freshman Gianna Papa pulled out of the tournament to play in a team match that...
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Caron Spinning: The fabric of our community

Rochelle was built on the backs of immigrants. Honestly, until around 1832, only trappers and Native Americans populated the area. Ovidas Joseph Caron was an immigrant. Born in 1886, O.J. started life in the French-speaking Canadian village of St. Adrian. O.J. and his widowed father moved to the United States when he was five years old. O.J. started his textile background with the LaFayette Worsted Mills of Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
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City Council: Seal coat work approved

ROCHELLE — At its Monday meeting, the Rochelle City Council unanimously approved a $135,560 bid from Helm Civil Constructors, Inc. and the appropriation of up to $170,000 in motor fuel tax funds for its 2022 seal coat work in town. The city’s sealcoating plans for this year include portions...
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Brandner-Stamberger doubles duo headed to state tennis tournament

OTTAWA – Mendota’s doubles team of Logan Brandner and Andrew Stamberger has qualified for the IHSA Class 1A Boys’ State Tennis Tournament after placing fourth in the Ottawa Sectional held May 20 and May 23. The senior duo won two of four matches, winning their first two...