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.
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.
A speeding motorist led Newton County Sheriff’s Police on a chase Monday that ended with a Chicago man’s arrest. Sheriff’s Police initiated a traffic stop on US 41 at CR1000 S (north of Kentland).
The driver and one passenger fled from the stop in their vehicle. The vehicle was pursued northbound on US 41 passing through SR 16 and SR 114 at high speeds.
North of the Morocco overpass the driver lost control of his vehicle, due ...to the road conditions, and spun out crashing into a fence and gate east of US 41. Both occupants were detained immediately.
The driver, 21 year old, male from Chicago was arrested and taken to the Newton County Jail with charges including, resisting law enforcement, criminal mischief, and reckless driving.
The 19 year old passenger, also from Chicago was released with no charges.