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Loda fire under investigation

Investigators believe a house fire in Loda was the result of an arsonist.

The State Fire Marshall is assisting Iroquois County Sheriff's Police in the investigation.

A single-story home at 409 E. Jefferson Street was being rented to someone not home when the fire broke out Saturday night. The fire appears to have started inside the home with damage mostly contained to one room.

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Pembroke officials to address community violence

Pembroke community officials are meeting today (Wednesday) to discuss ways to hopefully make the community a safer place.

A 10 am meeting is scheduled. It's being held at the
Special Education Conference Room at the Lorenzo R. Smith Sustainability and Technology Academy in Hopkins Park.

The meeting is open to the public.

In a press release, Pembroke Township Supervisor Sharon White' states 'It is my hope that we can come together, pool our resources and find a solution to address safety issues in our community.'

Three people were injured Saturday when gunfire broke out at Martin Luther King Park. It happened during the anuual Pembroke Days festival.

No arrests were made. Police are still investigating.

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Farm Progress Show expected to be bigger than ever

DECATUR -- Record setting numbers are expected for this year's Farm Progress Show. The Decatur Area Convention and Visitors Bureau bases the increase on the number of booked hotel rooms.

In 2009, almost 9765 rooms within 50 miles of town were taken for the show. That added up to $2,390,600.

In 2011, it jumped to 10,200 rooms for a total $2,448,000. The DACVB gets those totals by multiplying the rooms by $240 per night. Already this year, hotels in Decatur, Bloomington and Champaign are sold out.

National farm broadcaster Ken Root continues his coverage of the Farm Progress Show during the mid-day show on 94.1 FM, WGFA. The daily show airs at 12:30 pm.

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Peotone teen charged in school bomb threat

A 17-year-old former Peotone High School student was arrested Monday night, accused of threatening to bomb the school.

Kyle Koran, of Monee, is being charged as an adult for a threatening message he posted on Twitter.

Peotone Police said Koran, who was being home schooled this year, deleted the message, but not before police saw it online shortly after 7 p.m. Monday. Police said the boy called it a joke.

Police searched Koran's home but found no evidence of bombs or weapons.

School officials were notified and Peotone police had extra officers on campus Tuesday.

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Hoopeston Lottery Winner

Someone in Hoopeston is holding a winning lottery ticket. The unidentified person purchased a $3 dollar Crossword Scratch Off ticket at the Hoopeston Marathon Station.

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