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Watseka City Council schedules special session Saturday

A special meeting of the Watseka City Council is set for 9 am Saturday. The closed session, according to Mayor John Allhands, is to review all the options of the city’s water and sewer system and to get a perspective as “where we’re at.”

The meeting, the Mayor stressed, is not to sell the water system to Aqua Illinois --- despite what Facebook conspirators are saying.

The special meeting, as stated on the agenda, is to discuss operation of a municipal utility by a municipality.

Mayor Allhands explained the Illinois Open Meetings Act allows closed session to discuss contracts. The city is currently under contract with ERH Enterprises of Westville. The Vermilion County company manages the city’s water and sewer system. That contract comes due soon. And the mayor said, “we certainly don’t want to tip our hats in open session” when we may be in negotiations.”

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Slippery commute expected Wednesday with more snow forecast

Forecasters were calling for another round of snow overnight — setting up the potential for a second day of dangerous commutes across the Region on Wednesday.

Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper counties were expected to receive 1 to 3 inches of snow through 6 a.m. Wednesday — on top of the snowfall accumulated earlier in the week.

“While most of the snow will be done before the morning commute, the late end of the snow will likely leave some areas untreated, and will lead to a slower and likely slippery morning commute in spots on Wednesday,” according to the National Weather Service.

The development of lake effect snow on Wednesday across Lake and Porter counties is not out of the question, forecasters said.

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Fire officials push use of 'fire alarms'

Illinois has the fourth highest residential fire death rate in the country, which is why the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance wants you to be “Alarmed.”

The alliance has partnered with the Office of the State Fire Marshal to make sure as many homes as possible have working smoke alarms in Illinois.

Philip Zaleski, the executive director of the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance, said the goal of the “Alarmed” program is for local fire departments to identify high-risk areas in their own communities and help them protect themselves.

Read more: Fire officials push use of 'fire alarms'

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WCHS Athletic Award Nominations Sought

The Watseka Community High School Inspiration Award Committees are seeking nominations for the 2018 Academic and Athletic Inspiration Awards.

The Inspiration Award has been established to recognize and honor men and women connected with Unit 9 schools whose accomplishments, service and character have exemplified, developed, and encouraged positive traits and attributes to enhance future achievements by Unit 9 students.

Previous Academic Inspiration Award winners are Steve Brock, Tony Allegretti, Steven Wellborn, Herbert Allen Myers, Varis Purkalitis, Alfred Nutt, Helen Todd, Norman
Owens, David Bergstrom, Dr. Lonnie Laughlin, Michael Dowling, Hannah Garry, Dale Flach, and Robert Strickler.

Prior Athletic Inspiration Award recipients include Coaches Keith Baldwin, Leroy Morley, Gordon McKenzie, Don Wene, Joe Sutfin, and Barb Redeker; the 1963, 1975, 1987, and 1988 boys basketball teams; the 1946 and 1959 football teams; the 1985 girls volleyball team, Ditty Lynch, Patty Carrell Maney, Wally Swanson, Jack Redman,Charles Fowler, Rod Yergler, Bruce Sullivan, Victor Sampson, Dick Geddes, Jennifer Lynch Dixon, Larry Donaldson, Pamela Langellier Weidert, Dick Martin, David Peabody, David Mitchell, and Brad Odgers.

The Inspiration Award Committees are particularly encouraging nominations from the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. Nomination forms can be obtained from the Unit 9 or WCHS offices or from the web at www.watseka-u9.k12.il.us.

Nominations must be submitted by April 15, 2018. The 2018 Award Winners will be honored during Homecoming Weekend, September 14-15, 2018.

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Snowfall leads to school closings, delays Tuesday

The first round of the latest snowfall brought 5.8 inches to the WGFA studio.  The Ashkum and Herscher areas had 5.5 and six inches on the ground.

School districts closed today (Tues) include Donovan, North & South Newton and Benton School Corporations.

Watseka, Iroquois West had one-hour delays and St. Anne Schools (Grade & High School) went with a 2-hour delay. 

The Calvary Pre-School in Watseka had a start time of 9:30 am.  The Martinton Food Pantry is locsed.

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