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Mullers’ to lead Watseka Christmas Parade >

Juanita and Randy Muiller, owners of Designer Homes & Development in Watseka, have been chose to serve as Grand Marshal’s for this year’s City of Watseka Annual Lighted Christmas Parade.

The couple has been in business since 1999. Both are active Chamber members, volunteering countless hours to help accomplish projects. Juanita has served on several Chamber committees.

The annual parade is set for Friday, November 25 beginning at 7 pm. Santa Claus arrives and will visit with area children. Parade entries will be judged.


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The Gibson City Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes the public to its annual Lighted Holiday Parade this Saturday, November 19th. It begins at 5:30 pm

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Momence is all geared up for its 16th Annual Christmas Gathering “Miracle on Washington Street” Festival. The popular event is Saturday, December 3rd.

Santa and Live Reindeer, Horse-drawn carriage rides and a Christmas Train will be available in historic downtown Momence. Holiday arts and crafts, a Living Nativity and ornament making will be part of the “Dickens of a Christmas” promotion.

More info is at www.mainstreetmomence.com


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Students welcome the public to weekend scholarship auctions >

The Ford-Iroquois 4-H Foundation Scholarship Auction and the Cissna Park FFA Dinner-Auction are two weekend events in Iroquois County.

The F-I Extension Office has info on Sunday’s 4-H Auction at St. Paul’s School in Woodworth. Larry Haigh says it’s the major fundraiser for the youth program....

A Pork chop dinner begins at 1:30. The auction is at 2 pm. Call the Onarga Extension Office for details 815-268-4051.

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The Cissna Park FFA Auction is today (Friday), beginning at 4 pm. It’s at the Cissna Park school.

FFA President Josie Maul says proceeds help several efforts....

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Construction work closes part of N. Schuyler Avenue in Kankakee

North Schuyler Avenue in Kankakee is under construction. And motorists should note an alternate route is required again today (Friday). The closing is from Court Street to Hickory Street.

Tyson Engineering states in a press release the route is scheduled to reopen at 4 pm Friday.

To avoid the construction, motorists are advised to use Indiana, Harrison and Washington avenues as alternate routes.

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PBL school 'soft' lockdown after toy gun discovered

A precautionary lockdown of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School was put in place Thursday morning. The “soft” lockdown resulted from a toy gun found by two students in a restroom.
The Paxton Police Department investigated and determined that it was a toy gun.

The school administration reported “at no point was anybody in harms way.”

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Riverside Healthcare donates $5,000 to Kankakee County

Riverside Healthcare is helping in the fight against overdose deaths in Kankakee County. Riverside recently presented a $5,000 check to local leaders for the purchase of Narcan.

Narcan is an overdose-reversal medicine being used by first responders to prevent the rising epidemic of opioid related overdose deaths.

According to Riverside Healthcare Manager of Ambulance Al Ponton, "Narcan, or naloxone, is an opiate antidote. It is a nasal spray that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses the effects of an overdose almost instantly. Opioids include heroin and prescription pain pills like morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and Vicodin."

Overdose deaths from opioids, including prescription opioids and heroin, have nearly quadrupled since 1999. Overdoses involving opioids killed more than 28,000 people in 2014. In 2015, Kankakee County had 22 deaths resulting from an overdose alone.

Together with Riverside, law enforcement, first responders and the Kankakee County Coroner's office are working to ensure these efforts are put in place to combat overdose deaths, save lives and direct individuals to treatment and prevention resources.

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