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Combines sweep 1,000 acres to help Schaumburg family

WATSEKA -- Sixteen combines and some 100 area farmers and friends came to the aid of an Iroquois County farm family Saturday.

It was just another familiar act of what farm families do to help each other.

And friends of the Clint and Jolyn Schaumburg family can't say 'Thank You' enough.

It was a farm community stepping up.

"It was just outstanding. The farm community really came together," Alissa Stevens, a friend of the family said. "They cleaned up the field in just a few hours. This is what Clint and Jolynn would do for anyone."

Farm combines and wagons brought in the grain for the stricken-family that has much more important things to deal with right now.

Clint & Jolyn's son, Hayden, remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Loyola Medical Center. Hayden suffered a broken neck in a recent high school football game (Oct 17). The 16-year-old is recovering. While the family is occupied with medical concerns, the farm community's playbook took control. The equipment and players lined up in formation (Saturday) at 7 am. And by 3 pm the field was cleared.

Shawn Peters, a friend of the Schaumburg family, said the rush was on; no one was going to stop this group from reaching the goal line.

"These guys picked between 900 and 1000 acres. It was just amazing," Peters told WGFA News.

And the "Prayers for Hayden" support group has expanded well beyond the local Watseka community. Schools from all over, from Central, Iroquois West, Milford and Manteno, PBL and even St. Joe-Ogden and Tuscola have pooled donations from 50/50 raffles and extended the donations to the Schaumburg family.

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Jasper County, IN crash injures Renssselaer man

A wrong-way driver on I-65 in Jasper County, Indiana left a Rensselaer man seriously injured Saturday night.

42-year-old Brian Bohlke suffered serious internal injuries when his vehicle was hit head-on. The other driver, 55-year-old Luis Aminto Alicea of Valparaiso, was heading north in the southbound lanes of I-65, according to Indiana State Police at Lowell.

The accident happened just after 11:30 pm, about three miles north of the Fair Oaks exit.
Bohlke was taken to Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer. Two children in his vehicle were also taken to the hospital as a precaution for treatment. Police reported Alicea was also taken to Jasper County Hospital.

Both driver face charges. An arrest is pending against Bohlke for possession of of less than 30 grams of marijuana. Charges are also pending for Alicea for being under the influence of both alcohol and narcotics.


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Victims of 1994 Roselawn Plane Crash Honored

(Roselawn, IN) -- Families of victims killed in an Indiana air tragedy are providing a special memorial. They gathered Thursday in Roselawn on the 20th anniversary of the plane crash that killed 68 people. The plane went down in a Roselawn field while enroute from Indianapolis to Chicago. Relatives of the victims have dedicated a new memorial wall. {Metro News}

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Vigil remembers Pontiac Police Office Kohlmeier

A vigil Thursday evening in Pontiac remembered fallen police officer Casey Kohlmeier. The late-Pontiac officer and his canine partner died last year when they were hit by a drunk driver.

Kohlmeier and his police dog were killed when the police cruiser they were in was slammed by a drunk driver while parked along I-55.

It was a year ago last night (Thurs) when the accident happened. A candlelight vigil was held last night at the Pontiac Police Department.

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U S Postal Service employee dies in crash

A 48 year old United States Postal Service employee died after a Will County accident early Thursday afternoon.
Daniel M McGuire of Channahon was pronounced dead just after 1 pm. Police reported McGuire's postal service truck collided with another service truck. The second driver was not hurt. The accident happened in in Channahon Township.

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