Ford County Fair Queen Pageant features 8 contestants
Eight young ladies will compete for the 2017 Miss Ford County Queen title on Monday, June 26th. The pageant is at 7 pm in the dance building at the Melvin Fairgrounds. The county fair is set to begin on Sunday, June 25th.
The eight ladies include: Mercedes Wise, Kaitlyn Harders, Deanna Diesburg, Ashley Meece, Sydney Porter, Kelsey Vaughn, Autumn Flessner, and Karla Rodqiquez. The winner will be crowned by current and reigning queen Audrey Bloomquist of Paxton.
Braidwood Police Chief Nick Ficcarello says authorities have suspended the search for a woman missing for more than a week. Seventy-three year old Kim Gray was last seen June 11th leaving her home in the Shadow Lakes area.
The Asian woman’s disappearance has baffled authorities as to her whereabouts. There’s been an extensive ground and air search several times in-and-around the Braidwood area. Chief Ficcarello said there have been reported sightings of the woman, even in the Chicago area.
Kim Gray was last seen near her home which she shared with her son and daughter-in-law. Kim Gray’s car is still parked at the residence.
Police report the woman does have family in the Chicago and Michigan areas. Kim Gray suffers from dementia. Volunteers are encouraged to continue ground searches on their own.
Iroquois Relay for Life beats the rain, fundraising goal
Iroquois County relay goers were out in force Saturday at Watseka High School. The 2017 Relay for Life reached its $80,000 goal – and then some.
There were more than 140 participants at Blake Field for this year’s one-day event. And the excitement and enthusiasm was present again as the runners/walkers did what they do best....raising research money for the American Cancer Society.
The opening ceremony at 2 pm was followed by the Survivors Lap and Caregivers Lap. There were the usual smiles and tears. And it all happened before heavy T-storms moved in Saturday night.