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Government agencies struggle with budget plans

City/village/township/county governmental leaders are pencil-pushing and head-scratching in trying to find direction for FY 17 budgets.

Finance planners are always in search of a better bottom-line, but the state’s battle without a budget for 10-months plus delayed al sorts of reimbursement payments to local government. Now, still waiting for those state funds, local governmental leaders are strapped with a shortage.

Municipal and county officials are struggling to find new means of revenue.

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Newton County home destroyed by fire

A Wednesday afternoon fire destroyed a home in Newton County. Brook Fire chief Kyle Conrad said it appeared to electrical in nature. The homeowner had left for short time and returned home to find the room where her air-conditioner was located on fire.

The Brook-Iroquois Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call just before 3 pm.

Karen Seymour’s children were not at home during the fire. Most of the home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

The home was considered a total loss. No one was injured.
Thirty-seven firefighters from the Brook, Goodland, Morocco and Kentland fire departments responded. Firemen were at the scene for six hours.

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Benton County identifies fatal crash victim

The victim in a fatal crash south of Fowler, Indiana last week has been identified as 19-year-old Ali Abdullah Aljarodi

He was originally from Saudi Arabia but moved to Arizona to attend school, according to the Coroner’s office.
Authorities reported Aljarodi was traveling through the area to visit with his girlfriend, who was also injured in the accident. Dacey Marji is in critical condition in an Indianapolis hospital.

Police said thei two collided with another car at the intersection of 300 South and South Meridian Road.

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Gunfire in Kankakee, no arrest, no injuries on W. Station Street

Kankakee Police detectives are investigating a shooting incident on W. Station Street Wednesday afternoon. Reports of up to a dozen shots rang out in the 300-block. No one was hit by the gunfire, but one person was hit by a car during the suspect’s get-away.
The search for the gunman continues.

Kankakee Police also reported a second shooting (Wednesday) on South Nelson Avenue.

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Health Caution: Heat index to top 100

Community leaders are urged to open cooling centers today (Thursday) and Friday as temperatures are expected to reach the low to md 90s. And the heat index could climb to 103.

Government buildings, churches, American Legion Homes could serve as local cooling centers. Citizens lacking air-conditioning are encouraged to seek places where they can escape from the heat.

In Paxton, the Emergency Response Services Center at 134 W. State Street, will be open as a cooling center Thursday and Friday from 12 Noon ‘til 6 pm. Officials say water will be available.

The National Weather Service reports heat and humidity will rise through Friday. The heat index will pose the threat of heat-related illnesses. Heat index values both days could to 102 degrees (Thursday) 105 on Friday.

{The heat index value is how hot it really feels when you factor temperatures with the humidity}.

Suggested precautions include limiting exposure to the heat. Postpone outdoor activity until temps cool down and drink plenty of water, even when you’re not thirsty.

The humid weather conditions also bring on the threat of scattered thunderstorms.

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