The annual Santa Claus Train schedule along the Canadian National /Illinois Central railroad line is set for December 13 and 14th. Santa has planned stops in communities in Ford and Iroquois Counties.
The popular Santa Train continues to be a tradition. Children can visit with Santa during scheduled stops in Gibson City, Melvin, Roberts, Thawville and Gilman on Saturday, December 13th. Sunday's stops are in Onarga, Danforth, Ashkum and Clifton.
Junior Marshals help lead Bradley Christmas parade
The 29th annual Bradley Lighted Christmas Parade this (Friday) evening features a brother-sister team serving as junior marshals. The 6:30 pm event along W. Broadway Street will include seven-year-old Laura Moore and her 10-year-old brother, Brennan.
Laura will serve as Miss Merry Christmas while Brennan is Master Jack Frost. Their parents are Dale and Michelle Moore.
The parade marshals ride in a horse-drawn carriage with Mrs. Claus. They will lead the way for Santa's sleigh. Laura and Brennan also help Santa Claus distribute toys and other goodies to children at the Village Hall after the parade.
The Village of Manteno also welcomes Santa Claus later today. The parade and other activities are scheduled to step-off at 5:45 pm from the Leo Hasset Center.
Activities from 6 – 8 pm include performances by the Manteno High School Madigrals at the Community Center. A business walk thru downtown is also part of the holiday fun.
Kankakee Mayor Nina Epstein invites citizens to share in the Christmas during the holiday season. The city's annual tree lighting was held at the downtown railroad depot Thursday evening. The Kankakee Fire Department delivered Santa Claus for the event.
Sheriff's Police in Benton County, Indiana report a Fowler man was found dead after a rollover crash Thursday. Sheriff Butch Pritchett said a local farmer found 22-year-old Dylan Treadway in a field at County Road 300 N. It's about 10 miles north of Fowler. Treadway had been ejected from the vehicle.
Police said it's believed the car was traveling too fast when the driver lost control and rolled multiple times into the field. Pritchett said Treadway was not wearing a seatbelt. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor.
Collision at railroad crossing in Onarga, no injury
A slow-moving railroad maintenance vehicle collided with a car in Onarga Wednesday. Iroquois County Sheriff's Police investigated on West Seminary Avenue, near Oak Street.
84-year-old Delozez Martinez was approaching the crossing westbound on Seminary Avenue. Police report she didn't observe the railroad vehicle headed north at a slow 5 mph speed doing maintenance work along the track. Police said the RR vehicle did have its warning lights and siren activated. The crossing gates and lights do not activate for this type of RR vehicle.
The RR vehicle hit the driver's sided of the Martinez car. No injury was reported and no ticket was issued.