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Scooter crash at Roselawn, IN kills 61-year-old man

A 2-vehicle crash in Newton County (Tuesday) killed the driver of a scooter. The scooter and a passenger car collided at the intersection of CR400E and CR 900N. Sheriff’s Police report the site is at Roselawn, about a mile south of State Road 10 in Lincoln Township.

Witnesses told police the scooter was eastbound on CR 900N and failed to stop and yield to the northbound passenger car. The crash killed a 61 year old Lake Village, IN man.

The driver of the other vehicle, 33 year old Fair Oaks, IN woman refused medical treatment at the scene.

Names of the drivers were being withheld pending family notification.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Indiana State Police, Newton County EMS, Lincoln Township Fire and the Newton County Coroner’s Office.

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State Announces Start of LIHEAP Winter Energy Assistance Program

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program applications available for seniors, people with disabilities beginning October 1

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Community Assistance announced today that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin scheduling appointments and accepting applications for winter heating assistance for seniors and people with disabilities beginning October 1, 2018.

Customers must bring all required documentation when applying for assistance including:

• Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30-day income period beginning with the date of the application.

• A copy of their current heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days (if they pay for their energy directly).

• A copy of their rental agreement (if they are renting) showing that utilities are included, the monthly rental amount and landlord contact information.

• Proof of Social Security numbers for all household members.

• Proof that their household received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD); or other benefits, such as Medical Eligibility or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), if receiving assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Read more: State Announces Start of LIHEAP Winter Energy Assistance Program

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Kankakee Community College student wins Red Cross scholarship

Josie Peters of Clifton helped save lives by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive this summer and earned a $2,500 scholarship because of her lifesaving efforts.

As part of the Red Cross Leaders Save Lives program, the Kankakee Community College student hosted a blood drive at Ashkum Coliseum on June 19, 2018, which collected 150 blood donations. As a result, Peters was entered in a drawing to win a scholarship and was chosen as a winner. Peters was also awarded a gift card.

Peters anticipates graduating in May 2019 with an Associate’s degree from Kankakee Community College and has plans to further her education at Illinois State University in the field of Speech Language Pathology.

Read more: Kankakee Community College student wins Red Cross scholarship

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Illinois' larger cities not best for job seekers

The best places in Illinois to find work aren’t Chicago or other large cities further south in Illinois, but in the suburban towns.

Job seekers in Illinois shouldn’t be looking at the state’s major population centers if they want to find jobs, according to an analysis of the best cities to find employment.

The booming economy not only has more people getting jobs but more people quitting their current positions for greener pastures. Financial site WalletHub analysed 121 cities in Illinois in terms of not only their availability of jobs, but what they pay and how much it costs to live where the jobs are. Surprisingly, nearly all of Illinois’ biggest cities, Chicago, Peoria, Decatur, Kankakee, Champaign and others, all lost out to smaller suburban Chicago towns.

Analyst Jill Gonzales says the larger cities may have jobs, but they’re often not balanced with the higher taxes and other costs involved with living there.

She says millennials have begun to pass on finding work in these larger cities and start their careers in suburban towns, like St. Charles, which topped the list.

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Illinois schools push parents to enroll in Free Lunch Program

The Illinois State Board of Education is asking parents to see of they qualify for free or reduced price school lunches.  The USDA, which runs the program, released new eligibility guidelines this month.  A family of four can make up to $32,630 dollars a year and get free lunches.  A family of four can make $46,435 dollars a year and get reduced prices for lunch.  Questions can be directed to the child's school.


Noblesville's Hero Teacher Throws Out First Pitch At Cubs Game

The story of the man known as Noblesville's hero teacher is now reaching a wider audience. Jason Seaman was invited to throw the first pitch for the Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field yesterday. He wore his own jersey with the number 18 on it. The honor came after Seaman stopped a school shooter at Noblesville West Middle School back in May.

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