Loda resident's cash payment to village mysteriously missing

LODA — A Loda resident whose water-bill payment mysteriously came up missing after he left cash in an envelope in the dropbox at Village Hall will not be required to pay the bill.

However, the resident — Luis Lopez — was warned, along with the rest of the public, that the village will require payment in the future if such an incident were to happen again.

Loda presented with new contract by water-system operator

LODA — The village board was presented last week with a proposed new contract with ERH Enterprises Inc., the Westville-based company that for several years has been contracted to maintain and operate Loda’s water system.

The contract calls for the monthly fee charged to the village to be raised from $50,000 to $51,000.

Veterans invited to join new book club at Loda library

LODA — Veterans wondering what to do over the long winter can join the Loda Township Library’s newly formed Veterans Book Club. 

“We’ll supply the space and books,” library director Teri Hennessy said.

The club will meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month starting in January.

Christmas crafts workshop to be held at Loda library

LODA — Students in third through fifth grades are invited to attend a Christmas crafts workshop from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Loda Township Library, 105 S. 1st St., Loda.

“We’ll make all sorts of holiday decorations,” said the library’s director, Teri Hennessy. “No need to bring anything — just your holiday spirit.”

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.

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