Loda won't reimburse Weber Fertilizer for tile repairs

LODA — Loda Village Board members voted 5-1 last Wednesday, with Trustee Cathy Tittle in dissent, to not reimburse Weber Fertilizer for repairing a drainage tile by the business.

Loda arson suspect pleads not guilty

WATSEKA — A Loda man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to aggravated arson in connection with an October fire he allegedly set.

Appearing in Iroquois County Circuit Court with his public defender, 36-year-old Ronald E. Campe II pleaded not guilty to the Class X felony and demanded a jury trial, court records show.

A status hearing was set for 9:30 a.m. Jan. 3.

Loda man charged with setting fire to Owl's Nest building

LODA — A man living in an apartment in the rear of a building that also occupies a Loda tavern has been charged with aggravated arson for allegedly setting fire to the building this week.

'Suspicious' fire causes extensive damage to Loda building

LODA — Fire caused extensive damage to a restaurant and bar in downtown Loda and the apartments immediately behind it Monday night, but no one was injured.

Loda Fire Chief Harold Ecker said the cause of the blaze at The Owl’s Nest, 208 N. Oak St., remained undetermined, but the fire was being investigated as “suspicious.”

Mulching of Loda park to be explored next spring

LODA — The village board will explore the possibility of mulching the village park next spring.

Trustee Ronda Breeden told her fellow board members during last Wednesday’s monthly meeting that the park is in need of mulch.

Lake Iroquois left with 'very sparse' fish population; restocking options being explored

LAKE IROQUOIS — Restocking options for Lake Iroquois are being explored after an electrofishing survey revealed that a “very sparse” fish population remains there as a result of a massive fish kill in July, a Lake Iroquois Association official said.

Loda library welcomes new director

LODA  — After living and working for decades in the Chicago suburbs, Teri Hennessy has fallen in love with the small-town life.

The 68-year-old Hennessy retired from a 27-year career in education in June 2015 and moved permanently to Bayles Lake in rural Loda.

Jordan Giese named PBL High School's student of month

PAXTON — Jordan Giese of Loda has been named Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s student of the month for September.

The senior was nominated for the award by his chemistry and physics teacher, Dave Shellhamer. In Shellhamer’s nomination letter, he wrote:

Loda trustees hear report from village auditor

LODA — The village’s auditor, Stan Feller, presented the town board last Wednesday with his yearly audit report for the village.

Feller said the village’s finances are in good shape, although the town could find ways to raise more revenue through increasing its tax levy for its liability insurance and Social Security funds.

Crow found in Loda tests positive for West Nile virus

WATSEKA — A dead crow found Aug. 27 in Loda tested positive for the West Nile virus, the Iroquois County Public Health Department announced Thursday.

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