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GOP Governor Candidates at ‘Meet and Greet’ Saturday

(Gibson City, IL) -- Republican candidates for governor Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner and Dan Rutherford are all scheduled to attend a meet and greet in Gibson City. The event will be at the Railside Golf Course today (Sat) from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. It's hosted by the Ford County Republican Central Committee. It is not a fundraiser. The event is free and will include refreshments.

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Weekend Traffic Fatalities, Vermilion & Will County

A Georgetown woman and a Channahon man were killed in separate weekend crashes. Sheriff's Police are investigating along with the Coroner's offices in Vermilion and Will counties.

31-year-old Brian Elsinga of Channahon was pronounced dead Sunday evening at a Joliet hospital. His motorcycle left a frontage road in Channahon Township.

35-year-old Christina Pundt of Georgetown died at the scene of a crash Sunday near Fairmount. Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said it appeared the woman lost control on loose gravel. The accident happened just after 1 pm on County Road 1100 N.

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New Hoopeston Learning Center set to open

Danville Area Community College has set a September 10th date to open the new higher learning center in Hoopeston.

A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony will be held at the newly renovated Center Monday, September 9th at 11 a.m.

The building, donated to DACC by the Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center, was previously used as that organization's business office and was the first of many donations by area residents and businesses to make this location a reality. During the ceremony, a donor wall will be unveiled listing organizations and individuals who have contributed at least $500 to the DACC Hoopeston initiative.

Classes beginning September 16 will include Basic Skills, Degree Credit, CNA, Adult Education and Community Education. DACC Hoopeston is located at 847 E. Orange Street. It contains five classrooms, including one computer lab, which allows up to five classes to be run concurrently. The DACC Admissions office has more contact info.

The site is intended to serve the higher education needs of the people of Hoopeston, Milford, Rossville, Rankin, Potomac, Wellington, Goodwine, and East Lynn, as well as communities in Western Indiana. Indiana residents within the specially designated seven collar counties of Vermillion, Parke, Fountain, Warren, Tippecanoe, Benton and Montgomery receive a reduced out-of-state tuition rate.

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September month to make emergency preparations

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois officials are urging residents to make plans for disasters as Gov. Pat Quinn has declared September "Emergency Preparedness Month."

Authorities will work with other states and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to encourage individual plans for homes and businesses.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathon Monken (MUN'-kihn) says a plan should include where to go and how to communicate during disasters as well as an emergency supply kit.

IEMA relies on its Ready Illinois website during disasters. Updates are also posted on Facebook and Twitter. Information is provided about the incident, shelter locations, road closures, safety information and more.

The agency will host its annual emergency management conference Wednesday through Friday in Springfield for more than 1,000 representatives from fire, law enforcement, emergency management and public health.

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Popular War Hero honored with in Herscher; John Fulton named Labor Day parade Grand Marshall

Vietnam war hero John Fulton of Herscher will lead Herscher's Labor Day parade today as grand marshall.

Fulton is a community leader and a strong advocate for agriculture, always involved in promoting the many ag programs throughout a several county area. He's also an ag promoter for Kankakee Community College (KCC) and an active voice for the KCC Foundation.

He married his high school sweetheart, but before that, was drafted and as a combat medic in Vietnam. On May 13, 1969, he stepped on a landmine while running to assist two colleagues who were injured in an explosion just ahead of him on a jungle trail.

Comrades saved his life on what he had expected to have been his last combat patrol in the Mekong Delta. Nine new medics were to join the unit the next day.

His right leg was amputated and he spent 13 months in hospitals. He came home to marry Loretta Wood on June 20, 1970 and was medically retired from the Army in August. He was awarded the Bronze Star, with a V for valor, and the Purple Heart.

John returned to farming. He also worked for the Roper Corp. and headed a program for homeless veterans at the Illinois Veterans Home at Manteno.

Fulton credits his loving wife for allowing him the time to be involved in so many active programs in the community.

John and his wife will ride in a horse-drawn carriage during today's labor day Parade.

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