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Childress seeks re-election as Sheriff in Livingston County

Livingston County Sheriff Tony Childress has announced he will be seeking the Republican nomination for the office of sheriff in the March 2018 primary.

Childress held recent rallies in Pontiac, Fairbury and Dwight to garner support for his announcement that he is seeking re-election.

“I love the people of Livingston County and I love the men and women of the Livingston County Sheriff’s office,” Childress said. “They’ve been a great pleasure to work with. We just work so well together. We’ve enjoyed so many successes together."

Childress has served as sheriff the last two plus years. He's been with the department for over 25 years.

Childress first took office in 2013 when the County Board appointed him to replace Marty Meredith who resigned from the post. He won election to the seat in 2014.

No other candidates have surfaced.

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Ashkum Fireworks Saturday night >

The Village of Ashkum offers another Sam Shreffler Aerial Extravaganza Saturday night. Organizers say it’ll be much the same as in years past.

In fact, some visitors at the Aroma Park Boat Club last weekend may have gotten a sneak peak at the show.

There were an estimated 25-hundred people lined up to see the ‘light show’ along the Kankakee River last week.

Donations for the show are welcome and appreciated.

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Clifton, L’Erable celebrate this weekend >

The band, “Usual Chaos” hits the stage Saturday at Clifton Fun Days. An 8 pm performance is scheduled.

Clifton Funs Days is today (Friday) and Saturday. Several activities are planned at the Village Park. There’s also townwide garage sales. ()see schedule of events....)

Sunday is also the annual L’Erable Homecoming. There’s an 11 am Mass at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Chicken and Pork Chop Dinners are served on the church grounds between Noon and 6 pm. Other events run during the day.

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Springfield – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials said farewell to their fallen brother, Trooper Ryan Albin, star number 5718. Hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the country made the trip to central Illinois to pay their respects to this fallen hero as well. Trooper Albin was laid to rest today with full honors at Bellflower Cemetery.

Trooper Ryan Albin was killed in the line of duty on June 28, 2017, when he was traveling on I-74 westbound near Farmer City, and his vehicle collided with a box truck as both vehicles entered a construction zone. Trooper Albin joined the ISP in 2006 and was currently assigned to District 6 in Pontiac as a canine officer.

Director Leo P. Schmitz fondly recalled memories of Trooper Albin as he eulogized him during today’s funeral. “Ryan took such pride in serving and protecting. Over and over he worked to make a difference to positively impact the citizens of Illinois,” said Director Schmitz. “It will take time to heal. It will take time to rebuild. But Ryan would want us to carry on,” Schmitz added.

Trooper Albin grew up in Bellflower, Illinois. He attended Bellflower Grade School, Blue Ridge Junior High, and Blue Ridge High School. Trooper Albin obtained a bachelor’s degree from Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois. Trooper Albin was an inspiration to his fellow officers who often consulted with him for guidance. He will be remembered for his work ethic and dedication to selfless service.

Trooper Albin is survived by his parents, two sisters, a six-year-old daughter and a two year-old son.

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Hoopeston Chief Drollinger dies of cancer

Flags are at half-staff in Hoopeston as the community mourns the loss of its police chief. Chief Mark Drollinger died early Thursday. He was 54. He’d been battling oral cancer for the last year.

It was just this week that businesses around Hoopeston posted signs thanking Drollinger for his service. It was exactly one year ago today – on July 6th,, 2016 – that Drollinger went through what he called a ‘’very, very complicated surgery’’ after cancer was discovered in his mouth.

Drollinger noted that he never smoked or chewed tobacco. He said he had always been afraid of dentists. But he urged people who find something unusual in their mouth to get it looked out.

Drollinger worked with the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department from 1988 until 1999. But then, he said he saw the ‘’golden opportunity’’ to be Chief of Police in his own community of Hoopeston.

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