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Iroquois County Museum Open Veterans' Day for Tree Decorating

Time to decorate trees for Christmas Tree Lane, other OCM events The Christmas trees are going up at the Old Courthouse Museum and it's time for individuals, families, groups, organizations, classrooms and such to decorate a tree for the 47th anniversary of Christmas Tree Lane.

This year's theme is "Winter Wonderland," and the staff at the museum is inviting everyone to put an extra special "touch" to the decorating of the grand and beautiful old museum. Groups can include businesses, 4H clubs, Girl or Boy Scouts, nursing facilities – anyone and everyone can participate! With everyone becoming busier and busier as the holidays approach, the museum staff feels decorating a tree is a great time to unwind and relax.

The museum will be open 10 to 4 p.m. this Wednesday, Nov. 11 – Veterans' Day – for who would like to decorate a tree but can't come in during regular hours. An artificial tree is provided – all you need to do is bring your decorations and lights. It is noted, however, trees need to be decorated by Tuesday, Dec. 1 for the open house scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5.

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Gas prices likely to remain stable

The fuel industry experts believe the low gas prices may be here to stay through the winter.

Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com, said Monday he expects prices to drop below $2 a gallon for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

"I think that it will stay that way until about Valentine's Day and then you start getting into warmer weather and preparing for the summer driving season. But, really, I think there will be mostly good news until then," DeHann said.

Some temporary spikes are likely to occur, DeHaan said, but as long as there are no unforeseen circumstances, he believes drivers in Central Illinois will see fairly stable gas prices.

Gas prices remain relatively inexpensive compared to recent years due to the low cost of crude oil, say officials with AAA in Chicago.

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Rankin man likely facing criminal charges for shootings

Once he recovers from self-inflicted gunshot wounds, a Rankin man is likely facing charges for shooting two other men last week in a domestic dispute.

The Vermilion County state's attorney is reviewing the case against 45-year-old Vernon Lee Scott. State's Attorney Randy Brinegar says it's a matter of when the charges are filed. Lee is expected to recover. He shot himself when deputies went to arrest him last Thursday at the Rankin residence where Lee fled to after shooting his father-in-law and his estranged-wife's boyfriend.

Donald Frazier was shot. So was Jeff Turner.

The Vermilion County sheriff's department was still investigation the incident, which began Thursday morning at Don and Sharon Frazier's residence, south of Rankin.  Lee is married to but separated from Emily Lee, the stepdaughter of Don Frazier. There was an order of protection against Lee prior to the recent episode.

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Andrew Condon handed 50-year prison term for killing gas station attendant

Iroquois County Judge Gordon Lustfeldt (Monday) sentenced a rural Ashkum man to 50 years in prison for the 2012 shooting death of a Gilman gas station attendant. The judge also said denied a new trial for 36-year-old Andrew Condon.

Condon was convicted in August of killing 27-year-old Jonathan Rubin. That happened after Rubin refused to sell Condon cigarettes because he didn't have a proper ID.

Condon continues to say he's innocent. He maintains the evidence didn't support the verdict. Condon did apologize to the Rubin family members, stating justice wasn't served for either side.

Impact statements were presented to the court prior to the sentencing.

Key evidence in the trial, presented by the state, included an incriminating box of ammunition found in Condon's home –that box minus the exact number of rounds fired at the victim inside the Gilman gas station. The firearm used to kill Rubin was never found, but the state reasoned with the argument that Condon had enough time to dispose of evidence before he was questioned by police.

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I-74 re-opened after morning crash

Illinois State Police are reporting traffic is back to normal on Interstate 74 between Farmer City and LeRoy following a Monday morning accident.
Police said a semi-trailer involved in the accident rolled on to its side blocking the eastbound lane between the Illinois 136 and LeRoy exits. Traffic was being rerouted onto U.S. 150 at the Illinois 136 exit, about four miles east of LeRoy.

There were no major injuries reported. The accident is still under investigation.
The accident was reported just before 8 o'clock. The interstate was closed for about 90 minutes.

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