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Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations set

This year would have marked the 90th birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.  Monday's federal holiday honors the civil rights leader with celebrations, prayer and events that commemorate his life and works.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation has events scheduled this weekend.  Saturday is an open hosue at the Kankakee Public Library from 10 am 'til 1 pm.  Children's events are planned with games a a movie. A Gospel tribute is Sunday at 4 pm at the Greater New Hope Baptist Church in Kankakee. 

The annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast is Monday from 7:30 'til 9:30 am at the Quality Inn in Bradley.  The Ecunemical Service is at 10 am Monday at Mount Calvary Baptish Church in Sun River Terrace.

Dr. King events are also planned in Danville and Champaign.

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County Fair Queens & Talent Winners in Springfield this weekend

Illinois’ county fair queens compete this weekend at state for the title of MISS ILLINOIS COUNTY FAIR QUEEN.

Representing the local scene are two young women from Cissna Park and Gibson City.

Lyndsey Neukomm of Cissna Park is the 2018 Iroquois County Fair Queen. The current queen of the Ford County Fair is Kaiti Zbinden of Gibson City.

The state competition is part of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs (IAAF) Convention in Springfield.

Talent Show winners from the county fairs also compete this weekend.

The Iroquois County Junior Division representative will be the Dance 'N Beats.... a Jazz dance team performing to "Better When I'm Dancin'." Team members are: Lily Anderson from Beaverville, Madelyn Loy from Donovan, Rae Stucki from Martinton, London Clark from Milford, Madison McTaggart from Gilman and Annika Greene, Addie Kingdon, Karsyn Legan and Sarah Parsons from Watseka.

Iroquois County’s Sr. Division winner from the local Fair is Alexis Krones from Watseka. She dances a Contemporary piece "Body Love." Also representing Iroquois County is Ellaina Hibbert from Clifton. She won an open class talent show at the Georgetown Fair. Her contemporary dance is titled "This Is Our Time."

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Community meeting educates people about school consolidation

Educating oneself about the pros and cons of a school consolidation is what school officials suggest to voters.  As Watseka and Crescent City voters get ready for a referendum question on the April ballot, the Unit Nine school board in Watseka hosted a community meeting Wednesday. About 55 people attended at the Unit Nine Office.

The proposed consolidation of Unit #9 and Crescent-Iroquois District #249 has both school boards and community folks pushing the need to know how it all works.  Many decisions will be made by a new school board, elected by both districts.  If the referendum  should fail, the existing boards of education remain in control of their respective districts.  A successful referendum requires approval by voters in both districts. 

A feasability study attempts to explain issues, including student impact, staffing levels, building facilities, proposed tax rates and transportation expenses.

Unit Nine plans another community meeting February 13.

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Milford: Death investigation in house fire

Sheriff’s Police and the Iroquois County Coroner are involved in a death investigation following a house fire in rural Milford Tuesday afternoon.

Coroner Bill Cheatum said an autopsy completed (Wed) reveals “there was no foul play” in the death of 65-year-old Casandra Walts. The woman’s home at 1874E and 650 N Road (near Goodwine) was discovered engulfed in flames just after 1 pm.

Cissna Park, Milford and Wellington Fire responded to the emergency call after a sheriff deputy found the house engulfed.

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Winter Weather Advisory ...

A Winter Weather Advisory is in place thru mid-morning today (Thursday) for centrals parts of Illinois and Indiana. A wet-wnow could mix with rain, a freezing rain is likely to make the commute slick and sloppy. Snow accumulation could reach an inch or two.  Friday shoudl be calm ahead of the possible snow storm during the weekend.  Several inches are expected.

In Indiana -- South Newton and Benton School Corporations have closed for the day.

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