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Watseka ‘special’ council meeting a no-go; Mayor looks to re-group

Watseka Mayor John Allhands will look for new direction after a special city council meeting didn’t materialize (Saturday). The mayor said ‘we’ll have to see how the council wants to move forward.’

A special meeting was scheduled to discuss the city's water and sewer system. Mayor Allhands anticipated a closed meeting to legally discuss the current contract with ERH Enterprises. But that didn't happen. The Council instead voted 5-3 not to go into executive session.

Following were brief remarks and then a motion to adjourn.

What happens moving forward, Allhands says, is up to the city council. He said it’s the council members who have to have to make themselves aware of what’s going on, where we’re at, and how we get ready for the future in operating the city’s water and sewer system.

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James Bunting stepping away from superintendent’s position in Unit 9

The Watseka Unit Nine school district will soon be involved in a search for a new superintendent. The board this week approved a change in administration, at the request of Superintendent James Bunting.

Bunting will return to a building principal position within the district. The move will be effective for the 2018-19 school year.

The move “allows me to go back to working with kids at a more direct level,” Bunting told WGFA/WIBK News. “I’ve contemplated this for some time. This is my passion to be with the kids,” he said.

“This also allows me to remain in the Unit 9 district, in a position I truly enjoy, “ Bunting added. He expressed appreciation to the school board for allowing the move.

Read more: James Bunting stepping away from superintendent’s position in Unit 9

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Heavy Snowfall in northern Illinois; local area spared, so far

Residents of Will County and north are bracing for what could be one of the biggest snowstorm in the past three years. The Friday morning commute already has reports of 10 inches and more. I-DOT truck have been out overnight trying to keep up with the falling snow.

A winter storm warning took effect starting at 6 pm Thursday evening and will last through Friday night at 9 pm. The system could drop between 8-15 inches of snow.

Forecasters say it’s a relatively narrow band of heavy snow that will lead to difficult to impossible travel conditions and poor visibility. The cut-off point appeared to be the Will-Kankakee County line. Several school closings and cancellations are reported in Will County. You are asked to avoid unnecessary travel but if you must travel you are told to use extreme caution and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

Kankakee County had reports of just a quarter to half-inch of snow early today. A series of systems over the weekend could bring 1-3 inches.

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Update: Route 1 crash victims identified

An Iroquois County woman and a Hoopeston man were killed in a two-vehicle collision Wednesday in Vermilion County.

Coroner’s offices in Champaign and Vermilion counties have released the names of the two victims who died in the Route 1 crash.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said 59-year-old Denise L. Ried of Wellington died of injuries at Carle Hospital in Urbana. She was airlifted from the scene and died at 8:16 p.m. Wednesday.

Ried’s mini-van was hit head-on by a pickup truck near County Road 3870N.

Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden says the driver of a pickup truck who was pronounced dead at the scene is 52-year-old Warren W. Harms of Hoopeston.

Illinois State Police reported Harms was attempting to pass another vehicle on Route 1 when his truck collided head-on with Ried’s minivan. The accident happened about 6:20 pm. The mishap remains under investigation.

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Free Food Distributed Saturday in Hoopeston

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank is partnering with the John Cadle Foundation in hosting a free food give-away Saturday in Hoopeston. The food distribution is at the Civic Center at McFerren Park. It begins at 10 am.

All Vermilion County residents needing food are welcome to attend the event. There are qualifying requirements. To be eligible, a household must have an income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level; that’s at about $3,746 for a family of four.

Local companies or organizations are invited to contribute toward a one day food distribution. The cost to partner with the Foodbank for a distribution is $3,000.

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