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Iroquois County Relay brings home the dollars, another success story

"Journey to a Cure" is this year's theme for the Iroquois County Relay for Life. And last night's 12-hour marathon at Watseka High School again attracted people from all over the county and then some. The numbers are yet to come in on how much money was raised. But your contributions are always welcome – even after the relay.

94.1 WGFA was proud to help kick-off the event, leading up to the opening ceremony at Blake Field. The Luminaria, the Survivors Lap and the hugs & smiles make the event well worth the time and effort.

One of the chair-people helping to organize—Sara Seyfert (Sy-fert) --- can't say enough about the support.

"It's so overwhelming and the outpouring of support is something else," Seyfert said. "It's just been great for a small community."

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Meth items discovered in White County, IN

Several items used to manufacture methamphetamine were found along a rural White County road Friday evening.
The White County Sheriff's Office got the report around 6 p.m. that items commonly used to make meth were found on County Road 150 West, northwest of Chalmers.


Sheriff Pat Shafer said a suspicious motorcycle was seen leaving the area. Deputies were unable to make contact with the motorcyclist, but found the bike abandoned later in the evening. Shafer said the motorcycle was impounded.


The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression team was called to the scene. They collected several items along the road and under bridges. The investigation is ongoing.

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Illinois health campaign among nation's costliest

By The Associated Press
CHICAGO - The campaign to promote President Barack Obama's health care law in his home state of Illinois has been one of the nation's costliest with a $33 million contract for work by high-priced public relations experts.

An Associated Press review of hundreds of pages of documents finds more than 90 people billed at least $270 an hour under a contract with few built-in restraints.

Illinois got a late start, and executives at the contractor, the PR agency FleishmanHillard, say that meant they needed to flood the assignment with their best people during the first months.

Jennifer Koehler, the top government official for Get Covered Illinois, says the state is making sure there are "legitimate justifications for every expense" submitted by the FleishmanHillard.
Increase seen in Illinois health plans for 2015

A spokesman says United Healthcare has filed an application to sell policies on the Illinois insurance marketplace that's a cornerstone of the nation's health care law.

United Healthcare spokesman Kevin Shermach said Thursday it's ''a first step'' that will help company officials make a final decision about participating. United Healthcare was absent from the marketplace this year.

Earlier Thursday, the Illinois Department of Insurance said 10 insurance carriers submitted 504 health plans for approval to be sold on the marketplace for coverage in 2015.

That's an increase compared to last year when eight insurance carriers offered 165 plans.

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Dwight Police investigating shooting, 1 man shot, 2 women may be dead

The Livingston County Coroner's Office is involved in an investigation of a reported shooting in Dwight. The Dwight police report they found three people inside a home on West North Street today (Saturday).


Dwight Police Chief Tim Henson issued a press release stating the coroner is involved in the investigation but it was not clear if any of the victims are dead.


Police officers discovered the man's body "lying on the floor inside the residence," according to the release. "The officer also located two females at the residence who showed no signs of life."


Chief Henson stated multiple police agencies are working to "apprehend the suspect or suspects who are involved in this malicious act."


Further details are expected at a 3 pm news conference today.

 

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Parmalee headlines Ford County Fair

The country music band Parmalee billboards the 2014Ford County Fair. The annual event at Melvin runs June 22-28 and will feature a new carnival, rodeo, the local talent competition, livestock shows and much more.


Parmalee performs at 7 pm. Tuesday, June 24. Your $20 ticket includes the concert and admission to the fairgrounds. Concert tickets are available for sale online at fordcountyfair.org.


Swyear Amusements provides the carnival rides. The well-known Swyear name is common at the Iroquois County Fair and at Old Settlers Reunion at Cissna Park.

Parmalee is best known or the hit "Carolina," which was recently certified gold, and "Close Your Eyes" is on the rise. The band also was a semi-finalist in the Academy of Country Music;s New Artists competition. They'll open for country star Jake Owen at the Illinois State Fair in August.


Opening for Parmalee at Melvin will be the John King Band, which "brings two outstanding Nashville artists to the area," said Fair Board president Kirk Miller.

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