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Illinois Prepares For Solar Eclipse, Prime Viewing Likely In 12 States

-- Millions of Americans are getting ready for today's solar eclipse. Skywatchers in a dozen states will be treated to a total eclipse of the sun today. The spectacular event will begin at 10:15 a.m. local time, just south of Portland, Oregon. The eclipse will sweep eastward along a 70-mile-wide path across Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska and the northeast corner of Kansas. It will then darken skies over Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee before passing over Georgia and the Carolinas on its way toward the Atlantic Ocean.

The total eclipse will be visible for less than three minutes at each viewing location. The U.S. hasn't had a total eclipse since 1979. Astronomers say the next one won't happen for another seven years, in April 2024.

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Iroquois Federal cuts the ribbon at new Bourbonnais location

The chief operating officers and Board of Directors at Iroquois Federal gathered (Thursday) to celebrate the opening of a new Bourbonnais office. A ribbon-cutting event, sponsored by the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce, extended a welcome to Iroquois Federal at the new location at 421 Brown Blvd.

President Chip Hasselbring tells WGFA News Iroquois Federal is well-established in a half-dozen east-central Illinois communities. This new office opens new opportunity ......

Iroquois Federal already has a solid footprint in Watseka, Danville, Clifton, Hoopeston and Savoy. Now the Bourbonnais site, Hasselbring said, helps the overhead ....

Board members expressed appreciation for the community support from the chamber of commerce and management personnel from local businesses.

Iroquois Federal also operates its Iroquois Insurance and Iroquois Financial facilities. There’s also the Loan Production Office in Osage Beach, Missouri.

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Accidental shooting injures Lowell man at Monticello restaurant

Police in Monticello, IN say a Lowell was wounded (Sunday) when a gun he was carrying fell to the ground, went off and hit him in the hand. It happened at a Wendy’s restaurant.

Police report 36-year-old Nickola Kasparian III was carrying a .45 caliber handgun in a holster when it fell out. After hitting his hand, the bullet went into a wall.

The man was treated for the gunshot wound at a hospital in Lafayette.

No other injuries were reported. Possible weapon charges against the man was being reviewed.

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White County, IN: Fatal crash closes I-65

A North Carolina man was killed (Saturday) when two tractor-trailers collided on I-65 in White County, IN. The northbound lanes were closed for 12 hours. Indiana State Police reported the accident about 7:10 am north of the U.S. 231 exit.

Investigators say a tractor trailer driven by David A. Williamson of North Carolina failed to stop at backed up traffic. Williamson rear-ended another tractor trailer. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other tractor trailer was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Cargo from the trailers spilled onto both northbound lanes, closing the road until 7 pm.

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Watseka mourns loss of "Dr. John"

Long-time Watseka orthodontist and friend to many...Dr. John Martin... has died. The popular, always-smiling “Dr. John” lost his 30-plus year battle with cancer Wednesday. He died at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee.

Dr, John was always smiling, always encouraging others despite his own health issues. Friends and family always noticed his zest for life, his practical jokes, and a his reminder to so many people that “once a neighbor, always a neighbor’ and “friends and family are price-less.”

Dr. John practiced in Watseka for over 47 years, reaching out to over 70,000 people with his professional service and that beaming smile.

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