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WGFA News notes on this hump-day Wednesday....

Sunny but Cold ...wind chills below zero.....so River Valley Metro bus routes are FREE. Jump onboard, the buses serve as warming centers.

A Milford Boil Order has been lifted.

A barn fire in rural Manteno (early Tuesday) killed four horses. The fire was 4200 E and 10,000 N. No other injury was reported. The cause was under investigation.

A house fire in Kankakee Tuesday morning displaced three people. One adult and 2 children are getting help from the Red Cross. The fire in the 400-block of N. Greenwood Avenue alerted foremen from K3, Bradley and Limestone. No injury reported.

In Vermilion County ---a Westville house fire this (Wed) morning sent a woman to the hospital with smoke inhalation. There was no other injury. Westville Fire reported a modular home was engulfed when they arrived at 2:45 am. Mutual aid came from Catlin, Tilton, Lynch and G-town.

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Hasselbring, Vaughn to compete for Miss Illinois County Fair

Miss Iroquois County Fair Queen Samantha Hasselbring and Miss Ford County Fair Queen Kelsey Vaughn will represent the area this weekend. Both young ladies are competing for the title of Miss Illinois County Fair Queen.

The 59th Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant will be held Sunday 1/21 at the Crown Plaza Convention Center in Springfield. Seventy-two county fair queens from various counties across the state will compete for cash prizes and the honor of hosting the Illinois State Fair and DuQuoin State Fair.

Fifteen finalists will be selected to compete for the title of ‘Miss Illinois County Fair 2018’ at a banquet Sunday evening. The title of Miss Illinois County Fair is currently held by Claudia VanOpdorp. Contestants are judged on personal interview, stage presence, beauty of face and physical condition, and speech and communication skills.

Representing Iroquois County is Samantha Hasselbring of Watseka. She is the daughter of Troy and Lynn Hasselbring. Samantha is a 2016 graduate of Cissna Park High School and is currently attending Milliken University studying Elementary Education.

Kelsey Vaughn represents Ford County. She is the 18-year-old daughter of Rusty and Kelli Vaughn of Paxton. She is a 2017 graduate of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School. She is a freshman at Illinois State University, where she is pursuing a double major in agribusiness and agricultural communications.

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I-57 crash kills Champaign County man

A Savoy man died Monday morning after losing control of his car on Interstate 57. The victim has been identified as 58-year-old Robert Bross of Savoy.

State police said Bross was driving a pickup truck northbound in Rantoul Township when he lost control, slid sideways through the median and entered the southbound lanes. His truck then was hit by a box truck.

Police said the accident is under investigation, no tickets were issued.

Both drivers were taken to an area hospital. Bross died from his injuries at the hospital, state police said. The other driver, a 65-year-old man from Paxton, has non-life-threatening injuries.

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Kinzinger Introduces Bill to Help Improve Infrastructure

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the “Streamlining and Expediting Approval for Communications Technologies Act” to improve how federal agencies review and approve applications to install communications technology on federal real property. The legislation is intended to be part of Congress’ upcoming efforts to produce an infrastructure bill for the American people. Upon introducing this bill, Congressman Kinzinger released thefollowing statement:

“As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I am dedicated to working with my colleagues on improving infrastructure across the United States. Our effort must include provisions to enhance access to broadband services, especially in rural areas. Public and private investment in broadband are critical, and the government must not impede these efforts.

“Today, I introduced the “Streamlining and Expediting Approval for Communications Technologies Act” to make the approval processes within federal agencies more efficient for applications to install communications technology on federal property. This bill is a commonsense, good governance piece of legislation. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to provide broadband access to my constituents, and all of America.”

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Watseka Fire responds to attic fire Saturday

An attic fire Saturday in Watseka did minor damage but displaced the family at 119 E. Ash Street.  A smoldering fire was found in the attic insulation, according to Fire Chief Tim Kethcum.  No injury reported.  The Red Cross was called to assist residents.  

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