WNIJ's Jenna Dooley speaks with Sycamore author Tom Oestreicher about his book on the life of Wally Thurow aka "Mr. Pumpkin"
The Sycamore Pumpkin Festival kicks off this week. It will be a bittersweet start to the festival's 51st year. This is the first year since the death of the Festival's founder, Wally Thurow, affectionately known as "Mr. Pumpkin." Sycamore author Tom Oestreicher has written a biography of Thurow and the festival. The book is called Mr. Pumpkin & The Sycamore Pumpkin Festival: A 50 Year History.
Playmate recalls the last time she saw Maria Ridulph
Three half sisters of accused murderer Jack Daniels McCullough testified for the prosecution Tuesday in the 55-year-old disappearance and death of little Maria Ridulph. Two contradicted their parents’ statement that the accused was home that fateful night, and one recalled their mother’s deathbed declaration about the case.
They were preceded on the stand by Kathy Sigman Chapman, Maria’s playmate on Tuesday evening, December 3, 1957. A member of the prosecution team brought her to the witness stand before the session started. Chapman – with close-cropped grey hair and wearing a dark skirted suit – tested the chair, looked around, chatted briefly with the court stenographer, then smiled and stepped away.
Sycamore police say it appears one or both of the two people found dead in a Sycamore hospital Tuesday died of self-inflicted gun shot wounds. The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in a patient's room after shots were heard in Kindred Hospital, an acute care facility.
Video gambling is on the agenda for the Sycamore City Council tonight, a week after DeKalb approved allowing machines in qualifying establishments.
Several bars and fraternal organizations have indicated their interest to City Manager Brian Gregory, while three restaurants and a winery have said they are not interested. Officials have estimated the city could realize almost $100,000 annually from the machines, although Mayor Ken Mundy believes that number is high.
DeKalb County's summer haven from the heat is none other than Ollie's Frozen Custard in Sycamore. The hotspot features tasty treats and a recognizable logo: Ollie, a smiling man with a bowler hat and bushy mustache.
Known most for its creamy custard, Ollie’s has been the post-baseball game favorite since 1985 with the opening of its first store in DeKalb. When space became limited, it moved to Oakland Drive in Sycamore in 1990.