Morrison

 A 15-year-old western Illinois girl accused of fatally shooting her mother will be tried as an adult.

 

Sauk Valley Media reports that on Thursday, a Whiteside County judge dismissed the juvenile case, allowing prosecutors to immediately charge Anna Schroeder in adult court with first-degree murder, arson and concealment of a homicide.

Mosquitos which tested positive for West Nile Virus were found recently near the Whiteside County Fairgrounds in Morrison.

The virus was first detected in the county in July, and it’s also been found in Carroll and Ogle Counties.  Whiteside County Health Department Public Health Administrator Beth Fiorini said the last cases usually show up in late August, making this a highly unusual case.

“It’s been a really, really dry season," she said. "I don’t know if that’s why. We haven’t had rain in Whiteside County for weeks.”

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Forbes Magazine recently ranked Morrison Institute of Technology 19th in the nation among 2-year trade schools for best return on investment.  The Whiteside County institution was the fifth-highest among schools not involving a nursing program. 

Deana Jones, Human Resources Director at Wahl Clipper Corporation’s global headquarters in Sterling, Ill., gave a tour of one of its manufacturing areas.