Lightening from Saturday's weather is believed to be the cause of a garage fire in Newton County.
Brook Fire Chief Kyle Conrad said homeowner Rick Elijah was home at South 100 East Road during the fire, but didn't notice it until the garage was fully involved. The garage was to the ground when crews got to the scene.
Elijah said he heard a close lightning strike prior to discovering the fire Saturday afternoon.
The garage was uninsured. It and its contents are a total loss.
Wet, sloppy weekend brings tornados and earthquake in Illinois
A rainy weekend....as much as four and five inches recorded at Sheldon and Stockland areas in Iroquois County. 2.88 at WGFA, 3.25 at Gilman, 2.5 inches at Buckley.
Flash flooding concerns have backed off. Flooded farm fields will come into play with this week's planting/crop update report.
Tornados reported in west-central Illinois and near Indy. And an earthquake rumbles in southern Illinois.
The NWS reported a tornado touchdown in Carollton around 11:20 Friday night. There was damage to buildings, trees and power poles. No injury was reported. A twister was reported on the southeast side of Indianapolis. Officials say it traveled about a third of a mile and left ground damage about 40 yards wide.
Seismologists say a magnitude 3.4 earthquake occurred Friday night some six miles north of Fairfield. There was no report of damage.
Iroquois Memorial Hospital is inviting the general public and former patients of Dr. Philip Zumwalt to the IMH Multi Specialty Physicians Clinic, 200 North Laird Lane, Watseka, on Monday, June 1st from 5 – 7 pm. The event is a special opportunity to meet the providers of the IMH clinic.
Dr. Philip Zumwalt is retiring. He's been providing care to the areas residents for over 36 years, has delivered over three thousand babies, and has taken care of several generations of families. Monday's special 'meet and greet' will allow his patients to meet the clinic providers that Dr. Zumwalt feels will provide excellent care for his patients.
To learn more about these providers and other Physicians, Physician Assistants, or Nurse Practitioners on staff at Iroquois Memorial Hospital please visit the IMH website www.iroquoismemorial.com.
New unemployment figures are showing the jobless rate continues to improve across Illinois. All the metro areas were down again...for the 14th consecutive month.
Kankakee's unemployment is at 5.8% for April...down from 7.9% last April. In the Danville – Vermilion County area, the county's jobless rate for April was 5.9 percent – down one-percent from March. The rate is over two-percent lower than where it stood in April of last year.
In the city of Danville, April's unemployment rate of 6.3 percent compares to 8.1 percent in April of 2014. The new report shows non-farm employment in Vermilion County increased by 300 from its level one year ago. The Manufacturing sector gained 500 jobs since April of 2014.
The Bloomington area had the lowest rate in Illinois at 3.9%. That's downa full point from a year ago. Champaign-Urbana was second at 4.1%...down 1.1 from a year earlier.
Prairie Central schedules meetings to discuss closing school
A series of four meetings have been scheduled in the Prairie Central school district that could lead to the closing of one building.
Meadowbrook Elementary School in Forrest would close after the 2015-16 school year under a plan the school board discussed Thursday.
Officials believe the district would save $1 million a year in the move, including cutting a dozen teaching jobs and related administrative and custodial staff.
A decision is expected August 20.
The school board, in March, approved borrowing $4.3 million to cover costs over the next three years.
About a dozen community members and school staff members attended the meeting, but none spoke against the closure. The district is set to host informational meetings on the plan at each of its elementary schools: 7 p.m. June 29 at Meadowbrook, July 6 at Westview, July 20 at Chatsworth and July 27 at Chenoa.