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GRANVILLE — Following the close of the fiscal year June 30, superintendent Carl Carlson reviewed the budget update with the Putnam County school board Monday. Though expenditures exceeded revenues in five categories by nearly $500,000 combined, overall, the district spent nearly $140,000 les…

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Remember when the mercury hit minus-22 degrees before the Super Bowl? Or how many snow days our kids missed this winter? Keep all that in mind and perhaps the coming heat wave won’t feel so terrible.

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La Salle Police Department wants the public to know there’s once again another financial scam circulating the area, according to news release Wednesday afternoon. The department was advised that local people are getting texts from a subject claiming to be the priest, pastor or reverend at th…

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Wet and rainy weather in June has given way to a hot and muggy July and farmers are feeling the heat. Farmers planted crops at least three to five weeks later than usual, said Russ Higgins, an extension educator in commercial agriculture for the University of Illinois.

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OTTAWA — Cleanup activities began this month on one of the areas of the Ottawa Radiation Superfund site. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects work to continue into autumn.

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Three people were treated and released from local hospitals for injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon when a motorist ran a red light at Route 251 south of Interstate 80, Peru police said. Emma J. Harris, 19, of 147 W. First St., Streator refused treatment or transfer…

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La Salle City workers arrive to water bubbling out of the ground and cascading into the roadway at 11th and Wright streets around 1 p.m. Wednesday, where a water main broke. The boil order on 11th Street between Wright and Marquette Streets in La Salle will be lifted this afternoon, said Jef…

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North Central Illinois Council of Governments is hosting educational summits 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday in the Hall High School auditorium. Guest speakers scheduled include Colleen Callahan, who was appointed Feb. 19 as the director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources; Mark Peterson,…

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When you finally peek inside Waltham’s new school — the open house is early next month — look for wheels. The nearly-complete building finally has furniture and much of it rolls around on casters.

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Splash Field at Washington Park is in the middle of its first full season of being open this year. The park opened on Memorial Day this year has been success, according to Seth Brannan, Peru recreation director.

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Although it’s small compared to Chicago’s conventions, Animinicon is considered to be one of the Peru Public Library’s biggest events of the year, with about 120 people coming in from across the Illinois Valley area.

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TONICA — Ameren wants Tonica to move toward a more-paperless readout for gas meters. In the process, the company asked for a 20-foot easement to place a pole at Mugekewis and Shawandasse street, to Tonica Village board Monday.

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A water line on West Street south of the post office was discovered to be leaking on Monday, fire chief Jeff King told Peru Public Services and Committee meeting Monday. He said the plan is to bore underneath to where the water line is so the road — a truck route — doesn’t need to be torn up…

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Blood Sweat and Gears, the Illinois Valley car club, has several events coming up, such as cruises to the Root Beer Stand in Oglesby 5-9 p.m. Fridays, July 19 and Aug. 9 and the McNabb Cruise night 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.

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GRANVILLE — At 6 p.m. today in Granville, the Putnam County Public Library District will officially become one of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Chicago Section Grant Recipients for the Science Kits for Public Libraries.

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DALZELL — Dalzell Village Board this month approved $1,600 in expenses to trim trees that are encroaching in the village alleyways. Korte and Turpen Tree Service was hired for the work.

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Several businesses were hit with counterfeit $100 bills Monday night in Peru, according to Peru police chief Doug Bernabei.

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SEATONVILLE — Eight brothers from the village of Seatonville will have their name memorialized this month when a section of U.S. 6 from Hollowayville to the Route 89 junction in Spring Valley is renamed the Galetti Brothers Memorial Highway.

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JOLIET — Lowell “Max” Ambler pleaded guilty last week in Will County Court to the Class 1 felony of aggravated robbery. The deal had prosecutors drop the other three counts, including the Class X felony of armed robbery.