More than $5.6 million in grants and loans from the USDA are headed to Illinois. The village of Naplate will get $880,000 in loans and grants for water main replacements and sewer mapping. Mason City will get a $4.8 million loan to construct a new 21.4 million-gallon-per-day sewer overflow pump and overflow pond for water storage.
Local citizens in Watseka and Iroquois County can Step, STAND, Salute while showing "Character Still Counts" on Thursday, October 16. That's when the Tunnel to Towers Foundation 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit arrives in Watseka for a weekend display. Several visitors are expected to show their patriotism while touring the exhibit at the downtown First Trust & Savings Bank parking lot.
The exhibit is a tribute to those lives lost in the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States. There's special recognition to the 343 New York City Fire department members who lost their lives making the ultimate sacrifice protecting others.
The City of Watseka and the Watseka Park District have partnered to bring the exhibit to the local area. Students, teachers, first responders and the public are invited to be part of an educational and learning experience while the 53-foot mobile trailer is on display Friday through Sunday. Several other notable events adn speakers will welcome visitors. The Watseka Masons and the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce offer respective events. The Iroquois County Republican Women's Club also hosts its annual First Responder Celebration Sunday, honoring all area first response teams.
The mobile exhibit is expected to arrive via Route 24 from Indiana about 3 pm Thursday, according to Park District Executive Director Sherry Johnson. Citizens are welcome to greet its arrival by lining Route 24 on the east side of Watseka. Johnson said the city and volunteers are to be commended for the flags displayed along the main route throughout the city.
The mobile exhibit presenters will spend about three hours setting up the display. Tours will be available for students and teachers Friday. Public tours will be conducted Saturday and Sunday. Visitors are urged to be aware of local road closings and restricted parking near the exhibit display.
Drop, Cover, and Hold On. That's what emergency management officials want everyone to do for the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. That’s scheduled October 17th at 10:17 a.m. to bring awareness about earthquake preparedness. Illinois sits between two active seismic zones: the New Madrid Seismic Zone and the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone. On September 30th, the United States Geological Survey reports seven earthquakes occurred in one day.
Milford and Sheldon Police report arrests while Iroquois County deputies charged a Watseka man with a drug offense. 34-year-old Adam Kahn of Milford is also serving a 5-day sentence in the county jail for a traffic offense (driving while license suspended).
31-year-old Melissa Morefield of Milford faces charges for speeding and drug possession. She was arrested by Milford Police for possession of Meth and drug paraphernalia and for speeding.
Milford Police also arrested 28-year-old Jorge Dickenson for possession of Meth and on an Iroquois County warrant for violating an order of protection.
An Elgin (IL) man, 26-year-old Martin Boulton, was arrested by Sheldon Police. He’s charged on a McHenry County warrant for retail theft.
40-year-old Jeremy Kraud of Watseka was arrested by sheriff’s police for failure to appear for manufacturing and delivering cannabis.
A farmer discovered a car crash west of Paxton Sunday. Police believe a crash the night before claimed the lives of a 29-year-old Chicago man and a 19-year-old woman from Rantoul. Ford County Coroner Rick Flessner identified the two as Reynaldo Hogue and Taylor Johnson. Autopsies are scheduled. The car they were in was found near a bridge at 150N and 1500 E Road. Speed may have been a factor in the crash.
Ford County Sheriff’s Police, Gibson Ambulance Service and Paxton Fire also responded to the call.