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New Fire Chief named in Bradley

The Village of Bradley has a new Fire Chief. Jim Baird was relieved of his duties Tuesday by Mayor Bruce Adams.  Named to replace Baird is former Deputy-Chief James Travis.

Mayor Adams announced the change but he declined to say why he made the decision.

Baird was named the village’s first full-time fire chief five years ago under then-mayor Gael Kent.

Before that, Baird spent his entire, 38-year career in the south suburban Lansing Fire Department, where he rose to the rank of assistant chief.

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IROQUOIS COUNTY FAIR TALENT CONTEST

Entries for the Iroquois County Fair Talent Contest are now being accepted.  This year marks the 42nd year of the perennial fair favorite! 

Contestants must be residents of Iroquois County or regularly enrolled in a school located in Iroquois County.  All entries that are 14 years of age and under as of July 19, 2013, will be entered in the Junior Division.  All entries that are 15 years to 21 years of age as of July 19, 2013, will be entered in the Senior Division.  Judging of the performance will be based on a total of one hundred (100) points: Costume 10; Audience appeal 10; Stage presence 30; Ability 50.

The Iroquois County Fair Talent Contest will be held on Friday, July 19, 2013.  The Junior Division will begin at 6:30 P.M. in the 4-H Center.  The Senior Division will begin at approximately 8:00 P.M.  Ribbons and prize money will once again be provided by the fair board.  In addition, the fair board will furnish an expense stipend for participation in the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs State Talent Contest in January, 2014, at Springfield.

All entries MUST be mailed and registered by June 15, 2013 to Iroquois County Agricultural & 4-H Club Fair; P.O. Box 301; Crescent City, IL  60928.  Late entries will not be accepted.  Each participant is responsible for making his/her own entry.  Auditions will be held on Monday, June 24th, at the Crescent City Community Center from 3:00-6:30 P.M. All entries must participate in the auditions to qualify for the fair contest.   An electric full keyboard will be available to contestants at the audition and at the fair contest. 

Accompaniment CDs are acceptable; however, cassette tapes are not acceptable at the request of the contracted professional sound company employed by the Iroquois County Fair Association during fair week. Participants will receive further audition details upon receipt of the registration form.

For further information or registration materials, please contact Jody Munsterman, Chairperson at 683-2628; or committee members, Janice Anderson, 486-7003; Pam Hibbert, 694-2965.  NEW THIS YEAR: Information and entry forms are also available for downloading from the Iroquois County Fair website at:  www.iroquoiscofair.com

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Indiana Motorcyclist killed in Washington, D. C. Accident

 A Newton County, Indiana motorcyclist was killed in a weekend accident in Washington, D. C. 

66-year-old George “Sam” Hillis of Lake Village was riding his bike in the Rolling Thunder Memorial Day event to honor veterans when he was hit at a busy intersection. 

Arrangements are being handled by the Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco.

Sam Hillis was a lifelong Newton County resident.  A graduate of Kentland High School, he served in the U-S Navy during the Vietnam War. 

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Vermilion officials talk with potential nursing home buyers

Officials in Vermilion County meet today with representatives of two potential buyers of the county-owned Vermilion Manor Nursing Home.

The meetings, according to Vermilion County Board Chairman Gary Weinard, is the first meeting between county officials and potential buyers since the county received five proposals earlier this month.

Weinard said the meeting is preliminary and will allow county officials to explore the top two candidates' real interest in buying the nursing home.

Weinard said. "We want to be sure that a buyer fits the situation in terms of our staff and residents and its presence in the community."

In a November referendum, voters granted the county the authority to sell the nursing home, which has struggled financially off and on for many years.

Weinard said the county received five offers to buy the nursing home but only two are from reputable companies that are also willing to meet the county's stipulations, including continuing to run the facility as a nursing home and retaining the residents and staff.

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Fire at On Deck bar in Kankakee

A Sunday night fire at the On Deck Bar & Grill on Route 17, east of Kankakee, destroyed the tavern’s deck. 

Firefighters were able to keep the flames from doing serious damage to the inside of the building.  Reports of up to a dozen fire departments answered the call around 11 pm.

No one was injured. The cause remains under investigation.

There were no customers. The On Deck has been closed since the county recently stripped the bar of its liquor license, because of an alleged  illegal stripper party.

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