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Iroquois County officials sworn-in

Three veteran county office-holders began new 4-year terms in Iroquois County (Tuesday). State’s Attorney Jim Devine, Circuit Clerk Lisa Hines and Coroner Bill Cheatum were all winners in un-opposed elections last month. They were sworn-in to begin new terms.

Also sworn in was NEW County Clerk Briann Suver. She was un-opposed November 3rd, having been appointed in September to fill the vacancy of new retired Clerk Lisa Fancher. Suver’s election is a 2-year term. She has years of experience in the Clerk’s office having served as Deputy-Clerk under Fancher.

           County Board Organizational Meeting scheduled –

The Iroquois County Board conducts its organizational meeting Monday, December 7 at 9 am. It’s the first order of business for the Board in this new fiscal year (2021). Two new County Board members will also be seated Monday, David Penny in District 2 and Thomas Lynch in District 3.

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Flagman's Mission Continues needs help Tuesday

United States of America flags are on proud display throughout much of Watseka where a military funeral today (Monday) will honor Army Sgt. Jeremy C.Sherman.  The 23-year-old will be laid to rest with full military honors provided by the Army and local Watseka American Legion Post 23.  Sgt. Sherman's family would appreciate a large community turnout for today's 2:30 pm service at Trinity Church in Watseka.

An impressive procession accompanied the hearse Friday as Jeremy was brought back home. Over 2500 U.S. flags are on display, courtesy of The Flagman's Mission Continues (www.theflagmanmission.org.).  Flags are flying at the Trinity Church, Knapp Funeral Home and along several routes in Watseka. Onlookers joined several emergency vehicles, citizens and the Patriot Guard in escorting Sgt. Sherman's body back home. Several more proud Americans paid respects along I-57 overpasses as the escort proceeded from Chicago's Midway Airport.

Jeff Hastings of The Flagman's Mission Continues says "this flag display is all about community pride, community respect toward the family of a war-hero."  Hastings said it's all about respect and he's proud to be involved. 

Volunteers will be needed again (Tuesday) to take down the flags following the funeral.  Volunteers are asked to meet at the aTrinity Church parking lot at 9 am Tuesday, December 1.

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Army Sgt. Jeremy Sherman’s body returned home to Watseka

                          Procession escorts war-hero home

A proud Watseka community, and many more, lined the travel route from Chicago’s Midway Airport (Friday) to the Knapp Funeral Home where U.S. Army Sgt. Jeremy Sherman’s body awaits a military funeral today (Mon 11.30). Sgt. Sherman’s funeral today is at the Trinity Church.

More than 2500 U.S. flags waved in Friday’s chilly air as hundreds of onlookers mourned during a long procession to honor the 23-year-old Sherman. The mourners gathered along Walnut Street and Route 24 thru Crescent City. Fire and police personnel and the public paid respects from I-57 overpasses all along the route from Chicago to Gilman and across highway 24.

The 23-year-old Sgt. Sherman, a 2015 graduate of WCHS, was one of five American soldiers and two other peacekeepers killed when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Egypt November 12.

Sherman’s memory honored by so many, including Iroquois County Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC) Director Jennifer Ingram.

“It takes a lot of fortitude to sign that dotted line to serve your country. Then, to die while serving your country speaks volumes,” Ingram told WGFA News. “I can’t begin to think what this community means to Jeremy’s family.”

Jeremy joined the Army right out of high school, having talked about serving his country even in grade school – according to his family. He served in South Korea, Afghanistan and in Egypt. He was serving as a crew chief on the helicopter that crashed in Egypt November 12. The solider arrived in Egypt in October to serve along the Sinai Peninsula. He was studying to become a Black Hawk pilot.

Sherman leaves behind a wife, his parents and two siblings… and an entire proud community.

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Illinois Sees Over 12-Thousand New Thanksgiving Day COVID-19 Cases

Illinois health officials are reporting over 12-thousand new COVID-19 cases.  The new cases of the virus were announced yesterday on Thanksgiving Day, along with more than 130 additional deaths.  Over six-thousand people in Illinois remain hospitalized with COVID-19, with 724 of those on ventilators.  Over 697-thousand people in the state have tested positive for COVID-19 and nearly 12-thousand have died since the pandemic began.

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Champaign County Coroner Identifies Decatur Man Killed by Gunshot Wounds

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup has released the name of a man who has died from gunshot wounds he received in the early morning hours of Thursday. Champaign Police responded to the 2500 block of Leeper Court in Champaign around 1:00AM on Thursday for a report of shots heard in the area. Upon arrival, police discovered the victim, Alan T. Harden, age 31, of Decatur dead at the scene. Harden was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds at 1:58AM. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday at the Champaign County Regional Morgue Facility and an inquest may be held at a later date. The circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation by the Champaign Police Department, and the Champaign County Coroner’s Office.