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Iroquois County Crash Kills Two Young Men

Two 23-year-old men died in a single-car accident early Sunday in rural Crescent City.  The accident happened east of the Iroquois County Fairgrounds on 2000 N Road, less than a mile from Route 49.

Twenty-three year-old Curtis E. Riston II,  of Watseka, and 23-year-old Patrick Bechely of Springs, Texas, were killed.  Bechely is a former local resident.

Jaron Taden of Watseka is hospitalized at Carle Hospital in Urbana.  He was transferred there from Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.

Riston was pronounced dead at the scene. Bechely died in the emergency room at Riverside Hospital in Kankakee.

County Coroner Bill Cheatum said the emergency call came in at 12:52 am.


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''Drivin' the Dixie'' Saturday in Momence and Danville

The communities of Danville and Momence are hosting weekend events as part of ‘Drivin’ the Dixie.”  The annual event features vintage car owners cruising famous Dixie Highway (Illinois Route 1) from Danville up to Island Park in Momence.

The Vermilion County Museum Society welcomes people of all ages to explore East-Central Illinois.
The drive starts at 10 am Saturday at the corner of North and Vermilion Street in Danville, and drivers of vintage to modern vehicles can proceed up the Dixie Highway to Island Park in Momence.
Cars can be registered for the car show at Danville’s Village Mall parking lot from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. In addition to the car show, mall merchants are offering specials.
Registration for the drive is free, and participants may register Saturday between 9:00 and 9:45 a.m. in the Danville City Hall Parking lot at the Corner of Main and Walnut.
For further information, visit the website MainStreetMomence.com


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Oakwood Man Dies in Vermilion County Crash

An Oakwood man died after his vehicle ran off U.S. 136 Wednesday morning.

Vermilion County Sheriff's Police report the unidentified 73-year-old driver was found behind the wheel of his vehicle. The accident happened after 6:20 am east of Potomac. The driver was rushed to Hoopeston Community Hospital and pronounced dead.

The coroner's office has not yet released his name, pending notification of relatives.

Police report the man may have had a medical condition, possibly a heart attack, causing him to drive off the road. He said there was no damage to the vehicle, and the man was slumped over the steering wheel.

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Kankakee County Board Approves Referendum for Electric Question

The Kankakee County Board Tuesday approved a referendum question for November which will ask unincorporated residents if they want the county to pursue a cheaper electrical service.

The referendum will appear on the November 6th ballot.

The Board voted unanimously to place the question on the ballot seeking a less-expensive service.

County Board Chairman Mike Bossert calls the aggregation question a “no brainer.”  Bossert said the city of Kankakee and Bradley took the first steps with aggregation and it worked pretty well.  If approved, the program can offer substantial savings.

A similar referendum question is going before Vermilion County voters in November too.


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Lightfoot Out as Coach at KCC

Joseph Lightfoot will not continue as KCC men’s basketball coach, effective June 30, 2012. The college will conduct a search for his replacement. Until a new coach is named, Ted Petersen, KCC’s athletic director, will serve as interim manager.

A press release issued by the school's marketing and public relations office states:

“KCC remains committed to the future of the Cavaliers men’s basketball program,” said Dr. John Avendano, KCC president. “Consistent with our institutional philosophy, the academic and athletic success of our student athletes takes precedence. The college is committed to the success of all of our students, and helps them reach their educational and personal goals. Moreover, the college is dedicated to providing education, job skills training, and learning opportunities for all residents of our communities.”

Lightfoot has been employed by KCC since 1997 and served as assistant men’s basketball coach from 1997 to 2006 and head men’s basketball coach 2006 to 2012.


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