Bond is set at $150,000 for a Pembroke Township man arrested for the rape of an underage relative.
42-year-old Willie Nichols Jr. is accused of impregnating the relative. He was arrested by a U.S. Marshal's Service Task Force and Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group agents. Sheriff's police in Kankakee County assisted. Nichols is charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault.
Electrical service in Earl Park, Indiana is back on today (Friday) after what was reported as an 'explosion' last night left about one-third of the town without power.
Four fire departments answered a call around 8:30 pm to a house fire at 4th and Locust Streets. Initial reports indicated a transformer blew out. Firemen found the house in flames. Neighboring properties were spared any damage.
The exact cause was unknown. Firemen were monitoring the site overnight.
The four departments responding Earl Park, Boswell, Fowler and Kentland.
The Momence school board Monday voted to lay off four teachers. It's an effort to save the district $232,000 next year.
Only first-year teachers would be affected, according to the Superintendent's office. The cuts are expected in the lower grade levels, not the high school.
Board President Tom Madison said the board still is working to retain some of the four teachers. But the board must submit layoff notices by Feb. 22.
The district hasn't had a balanced budget for at least five years and landed on the state board of education's early warning list last year. Since 2010, it has lost $1.8 million the state has not paid.
Health, Life, Safety work is on the get-it-done list for the Unit Nine School District in Watseka. Sup't Kenny Lee tells WGFA News there's quite a bit of detail to work out. Making sure rooftops are in order is high on the priority list. The high school and the GRS and Nette Davis buildings are in line for work.
The school board approved its resolution to issue $425,000 in general obligation bonds.
The Milford (MAPS #124) School District can't say 'Thanks enough' to the district's people who said 'Yes' to a building project. It's a project that'll create a new school and build new memories to support the past.
The MAPS #124 school board is opening new bids this week and ready to move forward with its building project.
Board President Mary Ronna said "we're confident building will start this Spring and the people, who supported this project, will find this a real plus. We feel strongly this is the direction to move toward."
Original bids came in too high. The school board took a step back, re-evaluated, worked with the architect and (Thursday) will look at new bids. Mrs. Ronna said 'it's not uncommon for Capital Building projects like this to force you to pause and take another look.
Despite any street-talk and other comments from naysayers, the project has not gone away and the scope of the project has not been short-changed.
Superintendent Dale Hastings explains the bid opening will be followed with a special meeting of the school board (next month) and the real work comes soon after that.
TOMORROW: The Milford school project is about the future, positive thinkers !