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Season’s first snowfall likely tonight

Road crews in northern Illinois and northwest Indiana are bracing for the first significant snowfall of the season. Area from Chicago to Rockford could see two inches or a little more.

LaPorte and St. Joseph counties, in Indiana, will be under a winter storm watch beginning Friday night and lasting through Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy and blowing snow is possible, the NWS said, with wind gusts of 20 to 35 mph. Drivers should plan for difficult travel conditions, the weather service said. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches are possible, with localized heavier amounts expected.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

Snow is expected to fall mainly before noon Saturday in Lake and Porter counties, while LaPorte County could see a transition to lake-effect snow flurries Saturday afternoon and evening.

Snow plow drivers are reminding motorists to slow down, especially during the first snowfall of the season.

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Watseka Postal carriers deliver during the holidays

The Watseka Post Office is delivering Early in the Morning, Later in the Evening, and Seven Days a Week during the holidays. 

The extra load during the holidasy finds the extra effort to make sure cards and packages get delivered.  Watseka Postmaster Darrin Rushbrook says "we're prepared to meet customers needs.

"We ask customers expecting packages to leave their porch lights on so letter carriers can deliver safely." 

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Research balloon lost, Pontiac students ask for help - again

Pontiac Township High School science teacher Paul Ritter is asking for help, again.

He’s reached out before, contacting WGFA Radio, to ask listeners for help in locating a research weather balloon gone off course and maybe lost in a rural setting. Now, Ritter is asking for help again. People can keep their eyes open for what Ritter calls an “educational, experimental package.”

Ritter and his students are searching for a lost research balloon carrying more than 100 science experiments all created by physics, Earth science, anatomy and physiology and music students, the latter studying the effects of high altitudes on sound waves.

The balloon was launched from the Pontiac school (Livingston County) school November 29. Ritter estimates the balloon reached a height of between 80,000 and 90,000 feet. It could be in the Kankakee County area.

Ritter said those involved got a ping from the balloon's GPS in Cabery. The area was searched, but nothing found. Ritter believes it's somewhere else in Kankakee County, likely Herscher or Limestone. This is only the second time in more than five years one of the balloons has gone missing.

In another experiment, Ritter contacted WGFA believing a balloon was in the Watseka. It was located near Ashkum by a WGFA advertising businsss.

Ritter believes weather turbulence brought the balloon and its equipment down. He said the kids’ experiments are very important to them and any help locating the equipment would be most-appreciated.

Listeners or readers of this message are urged to call Ritter at 815-844-6113. You can also email the teacher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce honors members

Annual dinner salutes business award winners...

Six members of the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce were formally recognized Wednesday evening at the annual dinner held at the Hilton Garden Inn & Riverstone Conference Center.

Chamber President and CEO Barbi Brewer-Watson said “it’s a great way to celebrate our members and their contributions to our communities.”

Jeff Hammes, Chairman of the Board of Directors, says “we’ve noticed every year a few businesses rise above. Perhaps they’ve done something special or made a particular investment in our community.”

Recipients this year include:

CSL Behring – Large Business of the Year

Frank’s Appliance & Sleepwear – Small Business of the Year

Tyjuan Hagler Foundation – Not for Profit of the Year

Stefari Café – New Business of the Year

Carla Sanders, Milner Broadcasting – President’s Award

Lisa Ravesloot, Express Employment Professionals – Ambassador of the Year

Honorees were nominated by fellow members, colleagues, or employees and were chosen by a selection committee from the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

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Watseka: Postal investigation leads to drug arrests

Four Watseka area residents face drug charges after the U.S. government became involved in a drug investigation. A search warrant issued Wednesday resulted in the arrests of the four suspects and more arrests are likely, according to police. All four are facing possession and possession with intent to deliver charges.

24-year-old Eric Norder, 27-year-old Nicholas Norder, 26-year-old James Ward and 22-year- McKinze Fahey were all jailed in Iroquois County.

The Watseka Enforcement Team, with cooperation from the Iroquois County Sheriff’s department and State’s Attorney’s Office, KAMEG and the U.S. Postal Inspector investigated a report of the possession and distribution of narcotics in the Watseka area.

A search warrant was executed early Wednesday afternoon. Authorities located cannabis, 129 grams of psilocybin-mushrooms, vials of liquid THC and other drug paraphernalia. Also seized was $11-hundred dollars cash.

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