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Iroquois & Kankakee County hosting relays this weekend

The Iroquois County Relay for Life welcomes the public to Watseka High School's Blake Field Friday evening. The opening ceremony is at 6 pm. The annual event benefits the American Cancer Society.

94.1 WGFA will broadcast 'live" at 5:30 pm to help kickoff the event, which will include more than two-dozen relay teams and their sponsors. The event runs until 2 am.

Inclement weather would move the event inside the high school gymnasium.


The Kankakee County Relay event will take place again this Saturday at Bishop McNamara Catholic High School in Kankakee. The goal is to raise $403,000 to support local American Cancer Society programs.

Coordinator Areca Van Mill encourages everyone to participate. "You don't have to have a team. Anyone can come," she said.

The annual events features a walk, entertainment, information sessions about cancer and a luminara display in remembrance of those the disease has claimed.

Survivors are recognized as special guests at the events.


Luminaria displays, which start about 9 pm at both events, are considered the most appropriate place to share stories of people who battled cancer.

"A lot of people come to remember someone who's passed away or to support someone who's going through it," Van Mill said. "That's where the stories are told about their journey."

Van Mill said "so many people play such an important role in this every year."

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Unit #9 Board hires new principals, Shay and Short onboard

Carolyn Short and Kyle Shay join the Watseka Unit Nine school district as new building principals. Both were approved today (Thursday) at a SPECIAL Board of Education meeting.

Carolyn Short received a two-year contract as principal of Watseka High School. Mrs. Short comes to Unit #9 from Beecher, where she's currently serving as Assistant dean of Students and Science Teacher at the high school. She previously served as a junior high science teacher at Beecher Junior High School.

Kyle Shay will serve as Assistant Principal at Glenn Raymond School. The board approved a one-year contract. Shay comes to Unit #9 from Marshall, IL where he's been a P.E. teacher the past eight years.

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Essex, Pembroke fires alert responders Wednesday

An Essex family escaped from their burning home (Thursday) morning. Smoke detectors alerted the family at 2:45 am. Three people fled the house on Prairie Drive. The family's dog died in the fire.

Firemen found an attached garage to the bi-level home engulfed in flames when they arrived. The fire department reported heavy damage to the wall between the garage and house. The cause and a dollar amount on damage wasn't available.

Herscher, South Wilmington, Salina and Reddick fire departments and Riverside Ambulance assisted.

A structure fire in Pembroke Township (Wednesday) alerted several area departments, including St. Anne, Momence, Beaverville, Papineau and Aroma Park.

No injury was reported. Details haven't been available. The call directed responders to 6000S and 17000E in Kankakee County.

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CSX Railroad schedules crossing work in Vermilion County

CSX railroad crews plan to replace ties to improve crossings in northern parts of Vermilion County. The work tentatively will take place from around June 20 through July 1.

Similar to the announcement made by CSX in Iroquois County, crossings will be closed while the work is being done, and several roads may be closed at the same time.

Area crossings getting repairs include:

Hoopeston: Thompson Avenue, Main Street, Penn Street, Lincoln Street, Maple Street and Lovers' Lane.

Rossville: Hill Top Road, County Road 3650, Henderson Street and Benton Road.

Alvin: 1700 East Road, Mann's Chapel Road, Gilbert Street, Railroad Avenue, Shake Rag Road, Chicago Avenue, Spud Avenue and County Road 2550.

Danville: Newell Road.

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Toxicology tests reveal Kankakee crash victims were drunk

Three crash victims killed in a single-car crash last month on Route 45 in Kankakee were drunk. That word from the Kankakee County Coroner's office after toxicology tests were completed.

The driver, 25-year-old Lukas Frye of Milford, had a blood alcohol content of .29. That's over three times the legal limit of .08.

The reports also show the two passengers who died, 56-year-old Randy Gates, of Kankakee and 43-year-old Eddie Sarkozi of Iroquois, were also intoxicated. Gates had a blood alcohol content of .23. Sarkozi's toxicology report showed no signs of alcohol, but he had used cocaine.

A fourth passenger survived. His condition was not known.
The four men were southbound in a car on U.S. Route 45/52 near the 308 exit of Interstate 57 on May 23. The speeding car ran into a light pole.

Two of the men who died were pinned inside the vehicle. Frye was ejected from the car.

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