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Anniversary year for Indiana Beach

Indiana Beach is ready for its 90th anniversary season. The popular amusement park opens to the public tomorrow (Friday 5/27).

94.1 WGFA is proud to partner with Indiana Beach with promotional give-aways again this season.

Several improvements have been made and the park offers tons of fun again this anniversary season.

California-based Apex Parks Group bought the park last September. Millions of dollars were spent on renovations.

Indiana Beach marketing director Don Hurd said the new owners have painted and restored rides and buildings throughout the 27-acre property.

Members of the community were invited out to preview of the park last Saturday. VIP Day welcomed community folks to take a look.

Hurd said the reason for the event was to show the community how much they appreciate the support.
Hurd said "we want them to be proud to talk about the park again, and feel energized about the park because Indiana Beach means a lot to people in White County." Hurd. Said "we employ a lot of White County people."

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Iroquois County oversight: County Board spending money for special meeting

The Iroquois County Board has scheduled a special meeting – because business wasn't taken of.

The Board meets at 9 am Friday in Watseka. The business at hand is setting salaries of elected officials, which is required well ahead of the next election. The matter could have, or should have been taken care of at the Board's regular meeting earlier this month (May10). But it wasn't.

The officials salaries, required by statue, were set earlier this month by Kankakee, Ford, Livingston, Vermilion and Champaign county. It was part of their regular business.

So, the Iroquois County Board will spend un-necessary money for a special meeting, another special meeting. And, at a time when the money-crunchers are always screaming "we need to watch our dollars."

The elected office-holders and any expected pay raises for them, rest assured, will be closely scrutinized. But that tab for the "special" meeting ? That's OK !

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Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area established in Illinois

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius today (Wednesday) announced the establishment of Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area in Iroquois County.

"The Kankakee River Basin represents a unique Midwestern landscape," notes Regional Director Tom Melius. "I'm very pleased to continue working with the local community and partners to conserve these priority wetlands, remnant oak savanna, and grasslands, as well as enhance outdoor recreational opportunities."

The refuge and conservation area was officially established with the acceptance of a 66-acre donation from Friends of the Kankakee, an organization dedicated to the establishment of a national wildlife refuge in the Kankakee River basin. This parcel will be open in the near future for public hunting of deer and turkey following state regulations, as well as wildlife observation and photography.

Establishing the refuge and conservation area formally recognizes decades of work with conservation partners. Through the conservation area approach, we will acquire land or easements from willing sellers as funds allow, as part of the broader, community and partner-based conservation effort.

The acquisition of this 66-acre tract in Iroquois County was funded, in part, by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, whose mission is to improve energy efficiency, advance the development and use of renewable energy resources, and protect natural areas and wildlife habitat in communities across Illinois.

Learn more about our newest refuge by visiting,http://www.fws.gov/refuge/kankakee/.

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I-57 crash injures 4 in Kankakee

A construction zone accident on I-57 at milepost 308 at Kankakee injured four people Tuesday afternoon. A Chebanse woman, 79-year-old Shelby Lamie, was cited by Illinois State Police for Failure to Reduce Speed.

Police reported Lamie was northbound just before 12:30 pm and failed to slow down, rear-ending a Jeep. The Jeep ran off the roadway and overturned.

The Jeep's driver and passenger --- both from Markham --- and Lamie and her passenger, were all taken to Riverside Hospital.

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Wellington bicyclist dies in Rantoul collision

An Iroquois County bicyclist suffered what appeared to be fatal injuries when he struck a stopped semi-trailer tractor Tuesday morning west of Rantoul.

Rantoul Police reported 58-year-old Rick Ried of Wellington was riding his bicycle west on Innovation Road when he struck the parked semi.

Police stated, 'the driver was sitting there filling out his log book.'

The collision flipped Ried off his bike. He was unresponsive when emergency personnel arrived and when he was taken by ambulance to Carle Foundation Hospital. He died just before 1:30 Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency personnel were called to the scene at 9:08 am.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Anderson Funeral Home.

{The semi was driven by 47-yr-old Ricardo D'Andre of Kingsville, Ontario}.

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