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Vermilion County ‘Relay for Life' at New Location

Vermilion County's 'Relay for Life' for the American Cancer Society is this weekend. And the Saturday – Sunday event is at a new location at Catlin High School.

Organizer Hope Garrett said the thought was to take the show on the road this year to show it's more than just a Danville event.

The first ceremonial lap honoring survivors will begin around 6:00 pm today (Sat) at the Catlin High School track. Garrett says teams can still register right up to the start of the event.

During the Relay for Life team members walk laps and participate in other fun activities to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The money raised helps cancer patients and programs in Vermilion County.

For more information about the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Vermilion County visit www.relayforlife.org/vermilionil.

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Indiana Beach is Open....www.indianabeach.com

* CORRECTION *

WGFA in-correctly reported Indiana Beach at Monticello had closed for the season. That information was false. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Facebook accounts and telephone calls from Indiana Beach fans were complaining about the early-closing stated in a false press release that was inadvertently posted on media websites during a website design update.

It was false information. The popular Indiana Beach Amusement Resort remains open. www.indianabeach.com

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Old Settlers Reunion underway at Cissna Park

A talent show Thursday evening helped get the 2013 Old Settlers Reunion at Cissna Park started. The stage in the beautiful park will feature musical entertainment Friday and Saturday evening.  Jake's Boys Music Ministry perfroms friday at 7:30.  Spring Creek Station is on stage at 8 pm Saturday.

The Old Settlers Parade steps off at Noon Saturday.  There's a 5K Walk or Run Saturday and Lawn Mower Races. 

The annual three-day celebration is sponsored by Cissna Park's American Legion Post 527.

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I-65 re-opened after fatal crash near Roselawn, IN

State Police in northwest Indiana report I-65 traffic is flowing again after a 3-vehicle crash killed two people Thursday night in Jasper County.

Two semi trucks and a jeep were involved. State Police say is happened just before 10 pm north of the DeMotte/Roselawn exit. A semi truck pulling a box trailer and a Jeep stopped on the interstate as both drivers approached a work zone. That's when another semi, also pulling a box trailer, rear-ended the Jeep. The collision pushed the Jeep into the back of the first semi.

The crash caused a fire which engulfed the Jeep. Once firefighters put the fire out, at least two people were found dead inside the Jeep.

Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected to have played a role in the crash.

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Kankakee murder brings 59-year prison term

It was a botched robbery attempt in Kankakee five years ago. Thursday, a 19-year-old man was sentenced to a 59-year prison term for killing an unarmed man.

Michael Wilson was ordered to the prison time by Kankakee County Circuit Court Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott. The judge called Wilson a "dangerous man."

Wilson was just 14 when he and co-defendant Byron Moore, lured 23-year-old Ryan Graefnitz, into an apartment building for what police called a promise for crack cocaine.

The Daily-Journal reports a jury found Wilson guilty of the murder but was unconvinced he was the triggerman. Under Illinois law, co-defendants can both be found responsible of the same crime.

Defendant Byron Moore, who was 17 at the time and facing similar charges, agreed to a 29-year sentence in exchange for testimony against Wilson. He told a jury that Wilson pulled the trigger of the weapon that killed Graefnitz.

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