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Red Cross encourages adding ‘give blood’ to holiday checklist

As freezing temperatures and harsh weather grip much of the nation, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to help meet the constant need for blood this winter.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

1/12/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Danforth Community Building, Jefferson St.

12/23/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
12/29/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
12/30/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Rd.
1/5/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
1/12/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive

1/4/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Faith Reformed Church, 2400 Waldron Rd

12/28/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 698 N Locust St
12/28/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 175 S Main St

1/4/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Momence Fire Department, 15 N Pine

1/4/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Dwight Fire Department, 111 South Prairie Ave

12/28/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Maple Street

12/28/2016: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., VFW, 531 Lincoln Avenue

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.

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Lowell, IN Town Council OK’s employee raises

Employees in Lowell, Indiana will see pay hikes. The Town Council is approving two-percent raises for employees. It’s a suggested pay raise. The Council is expected to give formal approval at a December 27th meeting.

The elected officials pay will remain at current levels.
Lowell Town Manager Jeff Sheridan says the community’s planned-growth is making good progress. Sheridan said the vision is to grow the community in a smart, planned manner...keeping a small-town character while offering unique characteristics.

Sheridan says two-thirds of rural Indiana communities are declining in population, but Lowell’s population has increased in recent years. He said we want to properly manage growth.

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Tilstra to step aside from Onarga mayor’s office, Shane Cultra will seek job

Onarga mayor Mike Tilstra will not seek re-election in April, electing instead to run for a village trustee seat.
Former State legislator Shane Cultra is running un-opposed for Onarga Mayor.

Cultra served in the Illinois House for 10 years and two years in the Senate, representing the area. He’s also a former Iroquois County Board member, serving as Chairman.

Tilstra directed Onarga’s village government the last several years, steering several improvement projects. Included is an ongoing effort to obtain a grant to alleviate flooding.

In April, Onarga voters will decide trustee seats. John Talbert, Andrew McCann and Austin Martin’s terms are due.
Seeking to fill the seats will be Tilstra, McCann, Holly Zirkle, and Donald “Fred” Walraven.

Claudia Ramirez is running to fill a two-year seat that was occupied by the late Rev. James Small.

Village Clerk Stephanie VonDrehle is also seeking nre-election in April.

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Watseka set for 4-man mayoral race

April’s Consolidated Election will include a four-way race for mayor of Watseka. Current aldermen Mike Marcier and John Allhands will be joined on the ballot by former alderman Bill Nutter and a former mayoral candidate in John Burch.

Current mayor Bob Harwood will not seek re-election after serving two terms.

Aldermanic seats will also pose contests for voters to choose.

Ward 1 finds petitions on file from Brandon Barragree and John Hanford. Alderman Marvin Purvis is not running again.

Current alderman Dennis Cahoe will seek re-election in Ward 2. A would-be newcomer filing is Stephen Newman.
Ward 3 alderman Rick Elliott will seek re-election. He was appointed earlier to fill a vacancy. Former alderwoman Bev Foster will see a seat in Ward 3. Marcier is currently serving Ward 3. He’ll seek the mayor’s office instead.

In Ward 4, alderwoman Monna Ullfers is un-opposed for re-election.

City Clerk Sean Deneau is not seeking re-election. Amanda Hibbs has filed for the clerk’s job.

City Treasurer Carolyn DeLahr is un-opposed for re-election.

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Weather relief arrives for Illiana

Weather-related closings and cancellations are the norm again today (Tuesday), but relief from the cold temps has arrived. Today's high likely around 32 and climbinb to near 40 by Christmas Day.

Slick roads and below-zero temps forced school closings again today, but forecasters say the icy roads should show signs of thawing.  There's a gradual warm-up over the next few days.

Iroquois County schools cancelled classes a second straight day.  That forces the Watseka High School Holiday Basketball Tournament up two days.  THree games are set for Wednesday, beginning at 5 pm and then four games wrap up the 15th annual tourney on Thursday, beginning at 4 pm.  (P-B-P of all the games can be heard on 94.1 and at www.wgfaradio.com

The Martinton Food Pantry is closed Tuesday.  Regular hours are set to resume Thursday.  

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