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Watseka girl’s injury reinforces importance of paying attention to head trauma

It was only a little more than a month ago when a 12-year-old Watseka girl suffered a life-threatening head injury.

But thanks to quick thinking by her parents and a most-appropriate, immediate diagnosis by medical professionals, Jessica Duhoski has made a remarkable recovery.

And all concerned can’t say enough about how important it is to pay close attention to head injuries.

It was June 1 when Jessica tumbled over the handlebars of a bicycle. She hit her head causing a brain bleed that led to life-threatening surgery.

It was her parents, Cisco and Louise Torres, that observed Jessica’s behavior. Both insist ‘never ignore such an injury’.....
“We wasted no time getting Jessica to the hospital and they did a wonderful job getting her to the help she needed,” mom, Lousie said.

“You need to get the hospital. Don’t hesitate or it could be too late,” Cisco said.

The ER at IMH in Watseka immediately diagnosed the problem and contacted neurosurgeons at Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Jessica’s balance and lack of eye coordination spelled trouble. Louise said the IMH staff did a remarkable job and didn’t waste any time .

An emergency helicopter transport to Carle’s Level 1 Trauma Center proved to be a life-saving move. Jessica was unconscious and near death when she arrived at Carle.

Trauma coordinator Mary Beth Voights tells WGFA News head injuries should never be overlooked. She said everyone concerned, parents and the IMH staff made for a successful emergency surgery.

Jessica continues to rehab. She’s enjoying her summer and learning to slow down.

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Weekend traffic accident kills Indiana man

A 27-year-old Morocco, Indiana man was killed Saturday night in a single-car crash. It happened on Route 1 and 17 at the Illinois-Indiana state line.

Bradley Bearden was identified as the victim. The vehicle he was driving ran off the road into a ditch and hit several trees, before going up in flames.

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F-1 tornado reported at Cabery

The National Weather Service (NWS) reported (Monday) it was an EF-1 tornado near Cabery, in Kankakee County, Sunday. The tornado touchdown carried wind speeds of 100 mph. It was about 200 yards wide and was on the ground for a little more than two-miles. No injuries were reported.

The NWS damage assessment team also investigated structure damage near Herscher and in Dwight in Livingston County.

Sunday’s storm left trees and power lines down in central-Illinois and NW Indiana. More than five and six inches of rain flooded roads.

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Jasper County Fair opens >

Fair-goers are invited to enjoy the 92nd annual Jasper County 4-H Fair. It kicked off Saturday. The Jasper County fair will run through Friday, July 22.

Miss Jasper County 2016, Sydney Dobson, will reign over the week’s activities at Rensselaer. 4-H projects are on display.

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Crescent City: Iroquois County Fair July 20-25

Many of the usual activities and 4-H events will highlight the annual Iroquois County 4-H & Agricultural Fair, which runs from Wednesday, July 20, through Monday, July 25, at the fairgrounds north of Crescent City.


The fair’s volunteers are prepping the grounds for the 5-day run.


But the fairground is closed today (Monday) due to all the rain Sunday night. Parts of Iroquois County received more than 5 and six inches of rain, leaving roads and ditches flooded.


The queen pageant at 8 pm Wednesday has seven young ladies vying for the crown. (The pageant can be heard on 94.1 WGFA).
The demolition derby at 7:30 pm Thursday, the talent show at 6:30 pm Friday, the C-Bar Rodeo at 7:30 pm Friday, the “Figure 8” demolition derby at 7:30 pm Saturdayand tractor and truck pulls at 12:30 and 6 pm Sunday, are among the list of usual events at the fair.
There is a $5 admission fee for each of the events.


Also, Rinestone Roper will hold free performances at 2, 5 and 7 pm each day from Thursday through Saturday. Additional free shows are offered at 5 and 7 pm Wednesday and 2 and 5 pm Sunday.


Sunday includes the all-faith church service at the 4-H Center featuring music by A Natural High at 9:30 am.


Also, a horse and pony show is scheduled at 9 am Thursday. A 4-H dog obedience/conformation show is also set for 2 pm Thursday.
Friday’s activities include a draft horse show and a 4-H and junior horse and pony show, both at 9 am, followed by another draft horses show at noon. On both Saturday and Sunday, there will be a Western horse and pony show at 9 am. The master showman contest is set for 5 pm Sunday.


The 4-H Clothing Revue is at 1:30 pm Friday.Ronald McDonald will make an appearance at 1 pm Saturday. Saturday’s food auction will be held at 3 pm in the 4-H Center.


The Ford-Iroquois Pork Producers will hold a cookoff contest Sunday from 1 to 4 pm. At the same time, a quilt show will be held in the 4-H Center.


The livestock sale will be held at 1:30 pm Monday.


The carnival will offer armband specials on Wednesday, allowing unlimited rides for a fee of $22 from 6 to 10 p.m. Also, Friday will be “Buck Night,” with rides costing $1 each. On Saturday, between 1 and 5 p.m., all rides are offered for one ticket or fewer. On Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m., there will be another armband special of $22.


Gate admission costs $7.50 per person for those age 6 and above. Special carload prices are offered from 7 a.m. to noon Thursday and Friday. Season passes cost $15.

For more information, visit www.iroquoiscofair.com.


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