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NWS Update: Winter Weather Advisory

                                    Saturday, January 18, 2014   6:00 pm

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CST THIS EVENING.

SNOW WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH MID EVENING.

PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL RESULT IN AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW.WITH TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES.LEADING TO HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS.

INTERMITTENT BANDS OF HEAVY SNOW ARE EXPECTED.& THIS WILL RESULT IN UP TO AN INCH & A HALF PER HOUR SNOW RATES AT TIMES.ESPECIALLY THIS AFTERNOON. THIS WILL RESULT IN SNOW COVERED ROADS & SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS IN VISIBILITY TO UNDER A HALF MILE AT TIMES.

Check the www.wgfaradio.com cancellations.

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NWS issues Winter Weather Heads-up

Friday, January 17, 2014

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM CST SATURDAY.

THE NATL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM CST SATURDAY.

SNOW WILL SPREAD FROM PORTIONS OF NORTH-CENTRAL ILLINOIS SATURDAY MORNING EXTENDING SOUTHEAST ACROSS PORTIONS OF CENTRAL ILLINOIS LASTING THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.

PERIODS OF MODERATE SNOW WILL RESULT IN ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES.LEADING TO HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS.

INTERMITTENT BANDS OF HEAVY SNOW ARE POSSIBLE.LEADING TO REDUCTIONS IN VISIBILITY TO UNDER A MILE AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS & LIMITED VISIBILITIES.& USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

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Diverse donor base critical for adequate blood supply

The American Red Cross is announcing upcoming blood drives in February in its continuing effort to replenish blood supplies. Donar opportunities are set in Iroquois, Ford, Livingston and Kankakee counties.

PEORIA, Ill. (Jan. 15, 2014) — February is Black History Month, and in the spirit of Dr. Charles Drew, the first medical director of an American Red Cross blood bank, the Red Cross reminds eligible donors of the importance of a diverse blood supply.

Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with the same ethnicity. Prior to transfusion, blood type and Rh factor are matched. Oftentimes additional red cell markers in donated blood must be matched as well. Such markers are determined by ethnicity and best found in a diverse donor base.

Donors of all types are encouraged to roll up a sleeve and help save lives. Appointments to give blood can be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Iroquois County
Feb. 3 from 1-6:30 p.m. at Sheldon Community Center, 104 S. Fourth in Sheldon, Ill.

Kankakee County
Feb. 6 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
Feb. 13 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.

Livingston County
Feb. 3 from 12-6 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 320 S. Oak in Forrest, Ill.
Feb. 13 from 2-6 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, 108 Tremont St. in Odell, Ill.

Vermilion County
Feb. 3 from 2-6 p.m. at Community Church of God, 535 S. Bowman Ave. in Danville, Ill.

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Van Voorst retires after 34 years on KCC Board

Hugh E. Van Voorst retires after 34 years of service to the Kankakee Community College board of trustees.

Van Voorst, a Union Hill resident, was a member of KCC's board of trustees from 1980 until 2014. During his tenure, he served as secretary from 1993-1995 and then chairman from 1995-2014.

"The current board of trustees would like to commend and publicly acknowledge Hugh Van Voorst's contributions to Kankakee Community College," said Jerald Hoekstra, vice chairman of the KCC board of trustees. "Hugh demonstrated exemplary leadership and acted in the best interest of the college and community."

KCC President Dr. John Avendano added, "Mr. Van Voost recognized and valued the difference that education makes for individuals and how educational attainment positively impacted the community as a whole. He interacted with the college's constituents and understood their needs and perspectives. His leadership influenced the growth of KCC in both its campus and in the number of programs and services offered."

During Van Voorst's time as chairman KCC's Riverfront Campus added facilities, including the completion of the Workforce Development Center, Heath Careers Center for Excellence. The college also added extension centers in the region – the North Extension Center in Bradley, the South Extension Center in Watseka, and the Technical Education Center in Kankakee.

"It's been a pleasure to work with my fellow board members and to be a part of this institution which has meant so much to this community," said Van Voorst.
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Paxton man kidnapped, robbed; three arrested

Five police agencies were involved in the arrests of three men now facing charges for the alleged kidnapping and robbery of a rural Paxton man.

The victim was beaten with a gun and baseball bat, and was threatened with death – by the assailants --- if he did not give them more money.

An investigation that included assistance by the FBI, the three men were arrested Wednesday in Paxton, Loda and suburban Berwyn.

25-year-old Rodolfo Cerritos of Paxton, 24-year-old Evigan Marcos of Loda and 22-year-old Eduardo Samano of Berwyn are charged with one count each of armed robbery, (Class X felony); kidnapping, (Class 2 felony); and aggravated battery, (Class 3 felony).

Cerritos and Marcos remained at the Ford County Jail on Thursday. The News-Gazzette reports Samano was in custody in suburban Berwyn.

The News-Gazzette reported, the victim reported to police that he was abducted by two Hispanic men December 9th. The kidnappers allegedly used a pistol and a baseball bat to force him into a vehicle by "hitting him in the head multiple times."

They then drove around Ford and Iroquois counties threatening to kill him and his family.

The kidnappers agreed to let the victim leave if he provided $800 in cash to them the following day by dropping it in a garbage can at the park in Loda. They had already allegedly robbed him of $300, several credit cards, a cellphone, two checks totaling $8,000, a GPS unit and external computer hard drive.

Cerritos was arrested by Paxton police, FBI agents and state police during a traffic stop on North Market Street in Paxton Wednesday. The third man was arrested in Berwyn.

In addition to the FBI's Champaign office and Illinois State Police, Paxton police were assisted by the Iroquois County Sheriff's Office, the Ford County Sheriff's Office and the Gibson City Police Department.

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