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I-65 traffic snarled by garbage truck mishap

A garbage truck messed up I-65 traffic in Newton County, IN yesterday. The garbage truck got tangled in the guardrails, south of the Kankakee River.

State police said the crash happened just after 5:30 a.m. on I-65 in a construction zone.

A semi was hauling trash from Chicago to a landfill in Monticello. The driver ran off the roadway and struck a guardrail twice. The second impact caused the semi's tires to become lodged under the guardrail.

The semi driver was not injured. The right lane of I-65 South was closed for more than 1½ hours.

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Hoopeston community showing ‘love’ for Police Chief Drollinger

There’s signs all over the city of Hoopeston expressing love and support for Police Chief Mark Drollinger. The chief is battling terminal cancer. But spirits remain high.

The chief’s wife, Susie Ward-Drollinger, said the signs that started appearing around town for the July 4th holiday – thanking the chief—are inspirational and so much appreciated. She says they’re getting lots of support.

The message boards are still up – including a large sign at Hoopeston’s McFerren Park.

Mrs. Drollinger said ‘’The people of Hoopeston have been so supportive of Mark through this journey.’’

Susie Droller added all of the support received from the community has made a rough road a little easier.

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Silver Alert for missing Indiana teenager

A Silver Alert has been issued for a missing Rossville, Indiana teen. , who may be in danger.

The Clinton County Sheriff's Office reports 19-year-old Jennifer Cossette could be in danger. The alert was issued Wednesday afternoon.

Cossette is described as 5 - 3, 120 pounds, with long brown hair and brown eyes.

Police said said she was last seen Tuesday at 9:30 pm in Lafayette. She was wearing a black and white striped tank top, red shorts and black and white shoes.

Cossette may be disoriented and require medical assistance.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or contact the Clinton County Sheriff's Office at 765-654-5563.

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             The Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley Awards $4,000

ONARGA, Ill. – Onarga Academy is pleased to announce that the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley has awarded $4,000 to Onarga Academy for the Cornerstone Café & Gallery’s kitchen development.

“We here at the Café are overwhelmed and extremely humbled at the reception of our vision for our commercial kitchen,” said Debra Foulks, Vocational Business Specialist and Café Manager. “We have found friends we didn’t know were on our path, such as the Community Foundation. As we inch closer to our goal we become more energized and excited about all the opportunities that await our boys and how this will empower them toward a successful life once they leave our campus.” The Café is on its way to building a commercial-grade kitchen to further develop our youth’s culinary skills, and allowing the Café to serve lunches to the community.

The Café has proven to provide job training, social skills and workplace skills that will benefit our youth beyond treatment. The Café, which does not have a kitchen, has focused on serving handcrafted lattes, smoothies, and other specialty drinks, along with pre-made pastries.

The Cornerstone Café has grown to the point that, in order to best serve our employees and the community, we must expand to include a kitchen. The expansion will allow the Café to stay open later, serve lunch items in addition to the current menu, employ more youth, and provide more opportunities for skill development for the youth.   (info submitted)

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Army Veteran Gilbert Fanning leads July 4th parade in Watseka

U.S. Army veteran Gilbert Fanning says "never forget how we got our freedom."  He lead the July 4th Parade Tuesday and said he was honored to have been asked to serve as grand marshall.

"It's a Grand Old Flag" was the theme of the annual parade sponsored by the city of Watseka and the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Parade Winners >

Best Use of Theme:  Watseka First United Methodist Church

Best Commercial Entry:  Iroquois County Historical Society & Geneaology

Best Farm Entry:   Kailei Harms

Best Children's Entry:  First Christian Church

Best Religious Entry:  Calvary Lutheran Church & Pre-School

Best Walking Unit:  Walver Family

Best Decorated Emergency Unit:  Gilman Fire Department

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