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1st Place: Let’s Take Two – Tap Duet: Aaron Greene & Vanysah Hickman, both from Watseka

2nd Place: Baby Mine – Vocal Solo: Audrey Neukomm from Cissna Park

JUNIOR DIVISION (state eligible):

1st Place: Bad Religion - Contemporary Dance Solo: Taniqua Holmes from Watseka

2nd Place: Santa Fe – Vocal Solo: Brody Adams from Cissna Park

1ST Place – Make Some Noise – Tap Group : Lily Anderson from Beaverville, London Clark from Milford, Annika Greene from Watseka, Addie Kingdon from Watseka, Karsyn Legan from Watseka, Madelyn Loy from Donovan, Madison McTaggart fromm Watseka, Sarah Parsons from Watseka and Rae Stucki from Martinton

SENIOR DIVISION (state eligible):

1st Place: There’s Always Me – Vocal Solo: Megan Schippert from Watseka

2nd Place: Teen Beach – Tap Duet: Hannah Eheart and Autumn Haskins both from Watseka

3rd Place: Waiting Game – Contemporary Dance Solo: Alexis Krones from Watseka

SENIOR SHOWMANSHIP (non-state eligible)

1st Place : My Story – Contemporary Dance Solo: Ellaina Hibbert from Clifton

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'Name the Plaza' in Manteno

Manteno officials are asking for the public's help in naming a new plaza.  A contest will review suggestions submitted between now and September 1st.  The hope is to have the 2nd Street plaza ready for the Oktoberfest celebration.

Sarah Marion, Manteno's event coordinator, said the public input will be important and the hope suggested names will be community-focused. The village has launched its "Name the Plaza Contest" and already has received several recommendations from the public.

"We figured we would extend the offer to members of the community rather than just come up with a random name," Marion said. "It's a plaza for the community, and we want the community's input."

Those interested in submitting a name must complete an application that can be found on the village's website or village hall, 93 E. Third St. Entries can be delivered to village hall or emailed to Marion at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for entries is Sept. 1. The winner will be invited to participate in the the plaza's ribbon-cutting ceremony and will be recognized at a village board meeting.

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Fatal motorcycle crash in Newton County

An Indiana woman was a killed (Saturday) in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash near Lake Village, IN. 54-year-old Tammy Johnson was a passenger on a Harley-Davidson driven by 56-yr-old man Richard Neese of Wilmington (IL), according to Newton County Sheriff’s Police.

Emergency responders answered the call just before 4:30 pm on State Road 10 near 1050 N. Police reported alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash.

The Harley driver was westbound (SR 10) when the bike left the roadway. The female passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was in critical condition at Riverside Medical Center.

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4 injured, 2 children, in Cissna Park area crash

Two adults and two children were injured in a one-car crash Saturday in Iroquois County. Sheriff’s Police investigated on County Road 600N near 1300E in Ash Grove Township.

37-yr-old Elisabeth Bretveld of Cissna Park was eastbound on 600N. Her vehicle left the road, then hit a drainage ditch embankment head-on.

Bretveld was treated and released for minor injuries at Carle Hospital in Urbana. A front-seat passenger, Jennifer Eckhoff, was in stable condition at Carle. Her injuries were not life threatening.

Two back-seat passengers were an 11 and 12-yr-old. The 11-yr-old was reported in stable condition, having been air-lifted to the University of Chicago Hospital. The 12-yr-old was air-lifted to Carle in Urbana for serious injuries.

All four were initially treated at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. Cissna Park Fire & EMS, Milford Fire & EMS, and IMH Ambulance personnel all assisted at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

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Storm damage in Iroquois County

The NWS spent the weekend assessing damage reports in Iroquois, parts of Kankakee and Will County after T-storms, high winds and hail were reported early Saturday. Funnel clouds were reported northwest of Clifton. The front moved across the northern parts of Iroquois County.

Martinton had at least three homes damaged, according the Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency.. There were reports of downed trees and utility poles. No injuries were reported.

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