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W9GRS: From Room 104 to the World !

WATSEKA -- Mr. Simpson.  That’s Troy Simpson, an 8th grade science teacher who readily admits he takes learning beyond the classroom.

And his amateur radio handle, W9KVR, is spanning the globe along with his junior-high science students on W9GRS.  Students at the Glenn Raymond School in Watseka are active members of Simpson’s Science Club, which just a few short years ago celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Today, the School Club Round-Up  (SCR) has students excited with amateur radio; the young Hams reaching far and wide with radio waves to make contacts across the world.  Simpson says “the world’s a wave-length away and he loves bringing technology into his lesson plans.

The big reward is the September issue of Monitoring Times magazine, featuring Simpson’s “Amateur Radio in the Classroom” article, which ties nicely to the Iroquois County Amateur Radio Club (ICARC)…….

The support from the Unit Nine School administration and the local Ham radio club has stirred interest from the 6th thru 8th grade students.  Successful grant applications have enhanced the effort with equipment and real-life emergency communications, according to Simpson……….       

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Police Search for Aggravated Assault Suspect, 2nd Person Arrested for Resisting

Kankakee Police went to a residence Tuesday looking for a suspect wanted for Aggravated Assault with a Weapon and ended up arresting a homeowner for Obstructing with the investigation.

Agents stopped at 193 N. Taylor Avenue to arrest the unidentified-individual who was listed as armed and dangerous. That suspect fled into the residence. While KAMEG agents were pursuing and attempting to apprehend the wanted felon, 50-year-old James Thompson, who resides at that address, attempted to prevent the officers from proceeding with the investigation. Thompson allegedly made physical contact with the agents and struck an agent in the chest. Thompson then resisted arrest and was subsequently subdued.

While agents entered the home in pursuit of the wanted individual, a canine bit a KAMEG officer on his leg and attempted to attack another. The canine was shot. The injured police officer was treated at a local hospital and released. The wanted person eventually avoided being apprehended and escaped through an upstairs window. KAMEG was assisted by the Kankakee Police Department. The investigation continues.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the fugitive is encouraged to contact the Kankakee Police Department.

Thompson meanwhile, was jailed on a charge of Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer and Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer.

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Talley, Poskin among defendants indicted by Grand Jury

A police standoff in St. Anne and a series of fires in Kankakee and Bradley earlier this month led to indictments in Kankakee County.

Timothy Poskin of St. Anne faces charges of Aggravated Assault and Resisting Police officers.  The charges stem from an altercation at a St. Anne residence August 10th.  Poskin is alleged to have swung a shovel at officers and wrestled and struggled with officers at the home on W. Grant Street in St. Anne.

Sheriff’s Police said Poskin hid the basement of the house when officers went to serve an arrest warrant. 

Several police agencies responded to the call.

Umaran Talley of Kankakee was indicted for Aggravated Arson and Residential Arson for allegedly setting fires to houses and a garage on Schuyler Avenue in Kankakee and Bradley between August 2 and 6th.  Police said he also set fires on N. Schuyler Avenue and E. Willow in Kankakee.  Talley is also charged with 4-counts of Arson.

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Provena St. Mary’s Raises Awareness About Thyroid Cancer

August 21, 2012 – Kankakee, Ill…It’s a gland that sits in the front part of the neck, but it cannot be seen or felt. It’s shaped like a butterfly and produces hormones that regulate the rate of metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats; growth and development; and physical and mental development and function. These are the big and important jobs of the thyroid gland.

September is National Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, and the professionals at the Regional Cancer Center of Provena St. Mary’s Hospital are raising awareness for this disease. Not only is thyroid cancer one of the few cancers that has increased in incidence over recent years, it tends to be diagnosed at a younger age than most other adult cancers.

Read more: Provena St. Mary’s Raises Awareness About Thyroid Cancer

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Openness in Government Required under New Illinois Law

Governor Pat Quinn has signed a new law requiring municipalities to reveal all details concerning special sales tax deals.

The law HB 3859, which takes effect January 1, 2013, will reveal what’s been confidential information when it comes to contracts set up by companies and a municipality to protect businesses from their competitors.

The Daily-Journal reports the city of Kankakee and other local government has guarded the companies’ identities.  Kankakee is currently in a lawsuit with the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) over what’s called secret deals to keep quiet the tax revenues the RTA claims belongs to the city of Chicago.

The D-J reports Kankakee benefits by reaping the benefits of sales taxes the company generates.

Supporters of the law say it’s another step toward transparency in government.

Area lawmakers voting FOR the measure include Senators Shane Cultra and Sue Rezin, also Rep Lisa Dugan and Senator Toi Hutchinson.  Voting AGAINST were Reps Jason Barickman and Pam Roth.

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