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Strawberry Jazz Fest draws a crowd in Kankakee

It was the largest turnout in the 32-year history of the Strawberry Jazz Festival.  Sunday's crowd was estimated at more than 5,000 for the annual event.  Small Memorial Park was packed with people who gathered for the one-day event featuring art, musical entertainment, food and shopping opportunities.

Vendors totalled over 100, according to organizers.  The vendors fee ($60) goes toward the James F. Carlson Scholarship, helping kids attend summer art camps and classes offered by the Arts Council.

Co-Chair Dee Cook said this event is the Kankakee Community Arts Council's way of giving back.

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Entry deadline is June 13 for Ford County Fair

The deadline for junior and open show entries for this year's Ford County Fair is Monday, June 13.

Entries should be sent to Jane Meyer, 1795 N. 1800E Rd., Thawville, IL 60968. They must be received or postmarked by June 13.

Entries may also be brought to the secretary's office on the fairgrounds in Melvin between noon and 4 p.m. June 13.
Entry fees must also accompany entry blanks. If entry fees are not paid by the June 13 deadline, the entries will be returned to the exhibitor. Entry information and entry blanks can be found at fordcountyfair.org.

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Onarga man arrested in I-57 traffic stop

A 26-year-old Onarga man faces drug trafficking charges following a weekend traffic stop near Rantoul. Ethan Dufrain allegedly had about 3 pounds of cannabis in a car when Illinois State police made the stop on I-57 Sunday afternoon.

Dufrain was stopped for speeding. He was driving a rental car, according to police. A backback with three bags of cannabis was found inside.

The offense could lead up to seven years in prison, if convicted.

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Child injured in I-65 crash Sunday

Indiana State police report a 5-year-old boy was airlifted after a crash on Interstate 65 in Jasper County Sunday afternoon.

Police said a pick-up was southbound when the truck's rear tire blew out. The driver, 26-year-old Terry Youngblood Junior, of Lebanon, Tenn., lost control. The vehicle rolled and ended up in a ditch.

Five-year-old Bernabe Pena, was not in a child restraint and was partially ejected from the vehicle.

The boy was taken to the National Guard Armory in Remington by ambulance and was later airlifted an Illinois hospital with unknown injuries.

His 7-year-old sister, Bianca Pena, was taken to Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer. Her injuries were non-life threatening.

Thirty-year-old Nallely J. Pinancho was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Youngblood was cited for a child restraint violation.

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IDOT issues advisory of road work, closures in four-county area

Several road closures went into effect last Wednesday (June1). Motorists in Iroquois, Ford, Kankakee and Livingston counties could be effected with detours.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced the closings and detours may be in place thru the summer.
The replacement of a box culvert on Illinois 116, three miles west of Illinois 47 is one project. Another is north of Cabery on Route 115 where two bridges are being replaced with box culverts. Another box culvert is being replaced on Route 115, about four miles south of U.S. Route 24.

There are also multiple structure replacements on Illinois 54, from Gibson City to Melvin in Ford County.

Drivers are urged to follow the posted detour routes.

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