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Berkot’s returning to Watseka; Cadillac grocery store in the works

Berkot's Super Foods is making a return to Watseka. And the store's coming back with a big splash and with the blessing of a longtime grocery family.

Jim and Kathy Van Natta will step away from Quality Super Market in favor of Berkot's Super Foods making a return to the same store they left not too long ago.

Jim Van Natta, who's family has carried the grocery name since 1917, says some contract language still needs to be worked out. But toward year's end, he'll step away from the family business giving his blessing to Berkot's return to Watseka.

Van Natta said a deal's being worked that's a great deal for Watseka. "It'll be good for Watseka and good for the Van Natta family," Jim told WGFA News.

Van Natta says it's the end of an era but it's all good. "This started way back with my grandmother; my dad was very involved and we're pushing this plan with the support from my mother too."

Jim's been baggin' potatoes since he was five. He and his wife, Kathy, have been in the business since 1973. Jim's dad, Bob, was active in the store until he died in 2000.

The Van Natta name and Watseka grocery store go hand-in-hand. But Jim told the Watseka City Council (Monday evening) the time's right.

Mayor Bob Harwood said the council and the community should be very pleased with the transition. It's so nice to see this happening with the 'good neighbor' policy; taking care of Quality Grocery and the employees.

The city's finance committee has given its OK to a 65-35 sales tax agreement, which equates to about $30,000 annually. An ordinance will be presented to the full City Council next week.

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Gilman men arrested for Iroquois County burglaries

A series of burglaries in the Gilman, Danforth and Crescent City areas has led to the arrests of two Gilman men. Bond was set for both suspects Monday in Iroquois Circuit Court following their arrests Friday.

34-year-old Michael Causey is jailed on a $120,000 bond. Bond for 34-year-old David Blair Jr. was set at $50,000.

Both were arrested after Gilman Police and Iroquois County Sheriff's Police served search warrants at two locations on North Main Street in Gilman. Officers recovered hand and power tools, a chain saw, jewelry and antique coins among other stolen items.

The suspects are linked to at least seven burglaries., thefts, and residential burglaries over the past few months.

Police also seized heroin, cannabis and other drug paraphernalia.

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Temperatures on the rise this week

It's been a while since the last 90-degree day in Illiana, but that streak may end later this week.

There have been 16 days so far this year in which the temps broke 90 degrees this year, but the last time was July 23.
It's been dry and cool. There's been nine days of 90-degree weather in July, five in June and two in May. It has been a cooler August than usual, though."

If temperatures are going to hit 90 degrees this week, it most likely will be this weekend. Afternoon highs will be 86 to 88 degrees through Friday but highs near 90 degrees or above anticipated for Saturday and Sunday.

Area schools follow Illinois High School Association heat acclimation guidelines that require students to take breaks when participating in a physically demanding activity.

In addition to the mild summer weather, most of Central Illinois has experienced dry conditions since late June, although some locations east of I-57 have averaged above-normal precipitation.

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New School Year brings safety reminders to motorists

The new school year begins this week or next.

And area police are reminding motorists about the 20 mile per hour speed limit in school zones. Motorists also need to put those cell phones away. It is illegal to talk on cell phones while driving in a school zone.

Police also note in addition to obeying school zone speed laws, motorists need to obey laws regarding school buses. There's no passing a school bus when the red lights are flashing and the cross arm is extended from the bus.

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Will County crash kills New Lenox man

A 51-year-old New Lenox man died early Saturday after his vehicle overturned near Schoolhouse road in Manhattan Township, in Will County.

The Will County Coroner's office reported Richard W. Schroeder was pronounced dead just after 3 am at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.

An autopsy determined Schroeder died from multiple injuries received in the crash.

Will County sheriff's police determined that Schroeder was westbound when he lost control of the vehicle and drove off the road. The vehicle then hit a ditch, which caused the vehicle to overturn. He was ejected and was trapped underneath.

Police did not know whether alcohol was a factor in the crash, pending a toxicology report.

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