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Two Kankakee men killed in Amtrak crash near Gilman

Two Kankakee men died Sunday morning when an Amtrak train crashed into their delivery truck north of Gilman.

Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum identified the victims as 54-year-old Tony Campbell and 47-year-old Alexander Odzana. The men were westbound in a privately-owned box truck on 2000N Road when hit by the southbound train. The train was traveling at 70 mph.

No one on the train was injured.

Cheatum said the men may have been lost or distracted. The west side of the railroad crossing is a dead-end running up to I-57. The crossing is marked with train crossing signs.
An autopsy will be scheduled.

Sheriff’s Police, Gilman Fire, IMH Ambulance and railroad police were at the scene investigating.

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Watseka High School Inspiration Award Nominations Sought

The Watseka Community High School Inspiration Award Committees are seeking nominations for the 2017 Academic and Athletic Inspiration Awards.

The Inspiration Award has been established to recognize and honor men and women connected with Unit 9 schools whose accomplishments, service and character have exemplified, developed, and encouraged positive traits and attributes to enhance future achievements by Unit 9 students.

Nomination forms can be obtained from the Unit 9 or High School offices or from the web at www.watseka-u9.k12.il.us. Nominations must be submitted by April 15.

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Local Counties See Drop in Unemployment

The Illinois Department of Employment Security’s latest report says the jobless rate for Vermilion County has gone back down from 8.6 percent in January to 7.2 percent in February.

This comes after the previous report showed the unemployment rate jumping from 7.3 in December to 8.6 in January.

Several other local counties saw drops including Iroquois going from 7.9 to 6.3, Kankakee from 8.2 to 6.6, and Ford from 7.5 to 6.1.

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Riverside Medical Center Earns Echocardiography Accreditation

Riverside Medical Center and the Riverside Heart & Vascular Institute have earned a three-year accreditation in Echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)

Echocardiography, also known as "echo" or an ultrasound of the heart, is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious cardiovascular conditions.

The IAC is a nationally recognized quality patient care accreditation program. Learn more about Riverside's heart care by visiting riversidehealthcare.org/heart.

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3 Local High School Seniors Awarded Scholarships

Two high school seniors from Iroquois County and one from Ford County have each been awarded a $2,000 scholarship from Farm Credit Illinois to pursue an agriculture-related degree and career.

Those students receiving scholarships are:

Wyatt Claire of Watseka, who will graduate from Watseka Community High School and attend Lake Land College in the agriculture transfer program.

Sara Edgar of Gibson City, who will graduate from GCMS High School and attend Colorado State University to study agricultural literacy.

Anthony “Tony” Dupuis of Chebanse, who will graduate from Clifton Central High School and attend Joliet Junior College to study animal sciences.

Farm Credit Illinois agriculture scholarship program has awarded more than $340,000 to 299 students since 2004.