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Roller coaster malfunction at Indiana Beach

MONTICELLO, Ind – A mechanical problem at Indiana Beach caused four people to be stuck on a roller coaster about 70 feet in the air Monday evening.

Monticello firefighters report the fire department got the call shortly before 7:30 pm. It involved the Steel Hawg roller coaster.

Crews say two adults, along with a 15-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy were upright, but on a curve when the coaster got stuck for an unknown reason.

Firefighters secured the car, then used a full body harness to move each person to a man-lift and down to the ground.
The last person was on the ground a little after 9 p.m.
Everyone was okay and released.

Firefighters say the car was left on the track so that personnel could figure out what caused the malfunction.

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Montoya Wins Indy 500

(Indianapolis, IN) -- Juan Pablo Montoya won the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. Montoya came all the way back from 30th place to win the Indy 500 for the second time in his career. Montoya's other Indy 500 victory came in 2000. Montoya surged to the finish line after making a late pass of Will Power, who finished second. Charlie Kimball, Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal rounded out the top-five.

The race was heard on 94.1 WGFA, Watseka.

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Safe boating tips suggested by conservation police

Conservation Officers are joining forces in observing National Safe Boating week. The public awareness campaign happens to fall on the weekend that some consider the kickoff to boating season.

Conservation officers are reminding boaters to know the rules of the water.

Not everyone knows the laws. Officers remind boat operators to have an updated boat registration available, a life jacket for each person on the boat, and a fire extinguisher on board.

Drinking alcohol is allowed on the boat but operators must stay under the legal limit. Conservation officers strongly suggest a designated driver.

Although not required by law, children playing along the shoreline or on a dock should wear a life jacket. A drowning can occur quickly, with little or no sign the victim is struggling.

Conservation Officers offer some safe boating tips:

1. Be a defensive boat operator...creating distance from other boats equals more reaction time.

2. Adjust your speed for the conditions...if visibility is poor, or the water is rough, slow down.

3. Turn off the boat while entering or exiting the water.

4. If you could still be out on the water after dark, check your navigational lights before leaving the dock or ramp.

5. Each boat operator is responsible for doing whatever they can to avoid an accident. Don't expect other boaters to move out of your way.

Boaters are reminded to contact 9-1-1 in an emergency and report to authorities if you observe another boat operator acting in an unsafe manner.

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Memorial Day services Iroquois, Ford counties

Several area communities are hosting Memorial Day services this weekend....

WATSEKA > American Legion Post #23 and V.F.W. Post #7450 and respective auxiliary members invite the public to the Legion Park monument at 11 am Monday.

SUGAR CREEK CHAPEL > Memorial Day Services are Sunday at 2 pm at Sugar Creek Chapel near Stockland. All area veterans are invited to participate.

MARTINTON > Donovan American Legion Post $633 conducts a Memorial Day Observance Sunday, May 24th, at 2 pm. The program is at the park in Martinton.

SHELDON > Memorial Day Services are Monday, May 25th at the Sheldon Cemtery. The 11 am event will be moved to the Sheldon Community Center in case of rain.

CHEBANSE > The Chebanse American Legion and Womens Auxoliary invites the public to Evergreen Cemetery at 10 am Monday.

HERSCHER > American Legion Post #795 and its Auxiliary will host a Memorial Day Observance Monday at the Legion Community Center. Start time is 10:30 am

BUCKLEY > American Legion Byron A. Hickerson Post 432 of Buckley will hold Memorial Day services on Monday, May 25, at three area cemeteries.... 9:30 am at the Lisk Cemetery in rural Thawville....10 am at the Ash Grove cemetery in rural Buckley... 10:30 am at Woodland/St. John's Cemetery. Immediately following the 10:30 services at Woodland/St. John's Cemetery, the American Legion Auxiliary of Buckley will serve refreshments at the Legion Post. In case of rain, the services will also be held at the Legion post.

CISSNA PARK > Cissna Park American Legion Post 527 will host Memorial Day services at 9 a.m. Monday, May 25, at the village park. The speaker will be Matt Kreeb, a Fisher resident and former guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The service will include a veterans memorial dedication and an appearance by the Legion's drill team.

ONARGA/GILMAN/DANFORTH > Memorial Day services are scheduled for Monday, May 25, in Danforth, Gilman and Onarga. The service in Danforth starts at 8:30 a.m at the Danforth Cemetery. The Gilman service is at 9:30 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., the Onarga Cemetery will host its service. The Iroquois West High School band will perform at each of the services.

THAWVILLE > The Thawville American Legion post will host a Memorial Day service around 11:15 am Monday at Ridgeland Township Cemetery. The service will include music performed by the Iroquois West High School band.

LODA > The Loda American Legion Post 503 is hosting a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, at Pine Ridge Cemetery. The honor roll will also be read of departed members of the military who were either buried at the cemetery or elsewhere but are from Loda Township.


GIBSON CITY/ELLIOTT > Gibson City's Memorial Day parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Monday. The parade members will make their way to Drummer Township Cemetery for special memorial services around 11 a.m. at the Drummer Creek Veterans Memorial in Gibson City. Following the ceremonies in Gibson City, the Legion will travel to Elliott Cemetery for memorial servicesaround noon. In the case of inclement weather, the services will be held at the Legion post in Gibson City.

MELVIN > A Memorial Day service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, at the Melvin Cemetery. There will be special music by the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School chamber choir, with "Taps" played by a GCMS band member. In the event of rain, the service will be held in the Melvin Community Hall.

PAXTON > Paxton American Legion Prairie Post 150 will hold its annual Memorial Day observance at 11 a.m. Monday, May 25, at Glen Cemetery in Paxton. Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School's marching band will give a musical tribute. The ceremony immediately follows the Memorial Day parade which begins at 10:30 a.m.

PIPER CITY > The Piper City American Legion post is conducting a Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. Monday, May 25, on the bandstand in downtown Piper City. Immediately after the service, additional services will be held at Calvary Catholic Cemetery and Brenton Cemetery in rural Piper City.

RANKIN > The Cissna Park American Legion's drill team will hold a Memorial Day service at Rankin Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 25.

ROBERTS > The Wagner-Davis Legion Post in Roberts will its Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. Monday at the Roberts Gym.


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IDOT Suspends Non-Emergency Road Work for Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

                Lanes Opened to Improve Traffic Flow

SPRINGFIELD – The Memorial Day holiday weekend is expected to be a busy one on Illinois roads. Today, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that non-emergency roadwork will be suspended, where possible, from 3 p.m. Friday, May 22 until 12 a.m. Tuesday, May 26.

Lanes will be opened where possible, in an effort to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for holiday travelers. Motorists should be alert, as lane closures in some work zones will remain in effect. Please slow down, eliminate distractions, and use extra caution while driving through all work zones. Work zone speed limits remain in effect wherever they are posted.

The following is a list of lane closures that will remain in place this weekend:


• I-57, MP 297 to MP 283; Multiple projects, multiple work zones. One lane closed in each direction. Recommended alternate route is US 45.
• IL 1, north of US 24 in Watseka; bridge replacement. One lane open, controlled by signals.


• Long Point Road, just west of IL 23; bridge deck replacement. One lane open, controlled by signals.


• I-57, MP 310; replacing Kankakee River bridges. One lane open in each direction.


• Minooka Road Bridge CLOSED over I-80; bridge replacement, no detour is posted.
• Lisbon Road Bridge CLOSED over I-80; bridge replacement, no detour is posted.


• US 150 (Martin Luther King) between Oakwood and Interstate 74 over the Salt Fork Vermilion River next to Vermilion County Fairgrounds. US 150 will narrow down to one lane with barrier wall in place. Traffic signals will be in use to direct traffic.
• IL 119 Near Alvin over the North Fork Vermilion River. IL 119 will narrow down to one lane with barrier wall in place. Traffic signals will be in use to direct traffic.

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