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Indiana farm fatalities rise >

Purdue University researchers say Indiana’s farm fatalities rose 10 percent last year, with tractor overturns remaining the leading cause of fatal injuries on the state’s farms.

Purdue’s annual report found 28 farm-related deaths last year, up from 25 in 2014. But it says Indiana’s farm fatalities continue an overall decline that began in 1970 as increasingly fewer people choose to live and work on farms.

Overturned tractors accounted for 39 percent of Indiana’s farm fatalities last year. All but one of Indiana’s documented tractor overturn deaths in the past 20 years involved tractors lacking rollover bars intended to prevent drivers from being crushed in overturns.

Falls from buildings or horseback, entrapment under equipment and being kicked or rammed by livestock accounted for some of Indiana’s other farm fatalities last year.

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Sign-Up to begin for LIHEAP assistance

The East Central Illinois Community Action Agency begins accepting appointments Monday, October 3rd, for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Eligible households can apply by calling the offices in Gilman, Paxton, or Danville.

Households with children under the age of six, and those whose energy source has been disconnected are eligible to apply for assistance. LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program that helps low-income families.

The agency will continue to accept applications from households with senior citizens and those who have a documented disability.

Vermilion County residents may apply for LIHEAP assistance by scheduling an appointment at the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency at 56 North Vermilion Street in Danville. Call (217) 554-9110...In Ford County call (217) 379-2071....and in Iroquois County call (815) 265-4685.

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Kankakee, Pembroke fire departments receive grant money

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is coming to the aid of the Kankakee and Pembroke Township fire departments. The two departments will share $2.6 million in grant money.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s office announced Pembroke received two separate grants. A SAFER grant will be used to certify volunteers and add 16 firefighters to the department over the next four years. The grant also pays for stipends, turnout gear, insurance, health physicals and certificates for higher learning.

Fire Chief Mark Baines said. "We are excited. This will help us certify our guys and add more to our staff.” Baines said the department needs more community involvement.

The other grant will purchase a new $91,000 brush truck, Baines said will be so valuable in fighting the many brush fire we have in our area.

The Kankakee Fire Department will use the $19,819 to buy a gear extractor and dryer. A gear extractor removes carcinogens from safety equipment after firefighters respond to a fire.

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Collins enters ‘not guilty’ plea in park district fraud case, December 6 trial set

Former Kankakee Valley Park District executive director Roy Collins pleaded ‘not guilty’ Wednesday to two federal charges accusing him of fraud while he served as director.

A December 6th trial date is set in U.S. District Court in Urbana.

Collins remains free on a $10,000 bond.
The Daily-Journal reports the charges date back to early 2012 when prosecutors allege unauthorized credit card purchases started until early 2016 when prosecutors say Collins started creating false documents to conceal the theft from the Kankakee Valley Park Foundation.

The indictment alleges Collins accessed park district equipment, labor and funds for his personal benefit.

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Clifton hydrant flushing

Village of Clifton maintenance employees will be flushing fire hydrants into early next week because they was unable to be complete the job earlier this year because of street improvements and water tower projects.

Local residents may experience slightly discolored water due to the flushing.

Comments or questions or suggestions can be directed to the village office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 815-694-2273. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 - 11 am.

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