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KCC's Duffy named regional scholar

A Kankakee Community College student has been elected as one of five Illinois regional officers for Phi Theta Kappa international honor society.

Kayla Duffy of Watseka will be vice president for the central region of the state. Other regional vice presidents are from the northeastern, southern and northern portions of the state. A statewide president also was elected. The officers were sworn in on June 7 in Elgin.

The statewide officers set and achieve goals for the region, coordinate with chapters and members in their respective districts, and act as liaisons with international Phi Theta Kappa officers.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international academic honor society for community college students. To be eligible to join Phi Theta Kappa, students must have a 3.5 grade point average or better on a 4.0 scale. In Illinois, there are 55 Phi Theta Kappa chapters. KCC currently has 200 members of the honor society.

Duffy has been a member of Phi Theta Kappa since October, 2012 and has served as a vice president of the KCC Alpha Delta Eta chapter for two years. She is an early childhood education major who will graduate from KCC in May 2015.

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ATV crash near Herscher kills 1, injures another

The Kankakee County Sheriff's Office is still trying to determine what caused an ATV to crash Sunday morning, killing one man and injuring another.

24-year-old Donald E. Brozek was killed and his passenger, 23-year-old Tyler J. Deany was injured after the ATV they were riding west of Herscher crashed into a culvert. Both men were not wearing helmets.

The ATV left the road around 3:15 am on 15000W Road near 5000S Road.

County Coroner Bob Gessner said Brozek left the roadway and appears to have hit a telephone pole.

Deany was airlifted to a hospital. His condition was not reported this morning.

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Kankakee Police investigate Sunday shooting

A 41-year-old Kankakee man was listed in critical condition after a Sunday morning shooting in the 300-block of S. Rosewood Avenue in Kankakee. Lucien Sherrod was shot several times, according to police. Police reported a black male approached Sherrod and fired at him with a pistol and then fled in a black SUV.

Police responded to the shooting report at 11:37 am. Anyone with info is asked to contact investigators or call Crime Stoppers at 815-93CRIME.

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Women identified in Dwight shooting

Livingston County Coroner Mike Burke has identified the two women found shot to death at a residence in Dwight early Saturday. Investigators are not saying anything new about the investigation. An un-identified man found wounded at the scene is being treated at a trauma center, according to Dwight Police Chief Tim Henson.

The victims are identified as 60-year-old Donna Denker and 30-year-old Kelli Denker, bot of Dwight. Autopsies are planned today.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Dwight police at 815-584-3132.

At a Saturday afternoon press conference, Henson reported it was the wounded man who called police around 4:30 am.

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Iroquois County Relay brings home the dollars, another success story

"Journey to a Cure" is this year's theme for the Iroquois County Relay for Life. And last night's 12-hour marathon at Watseka High School again attracted people from all over the county and then some. The numbers are yet to come in on how much money was raised. But your contributions are always welcome – even after the relay.

94.1 WGFA was proud to help kick-off the event, leading up to the opening ceremony at Blake Field. The Luminaria, the Survivors Lap and the hugs & smiles make the event well worth the time and effort.

One of the chair-people helping to organize—Sara Seyfert (Sy-fert) --- can't say enough about the support.

"It's so overwhelming and the outpouring of support is something else," Seyfert said. "It's just been great for a small community."

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