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“Drivin’ the Dixie” held Saturday

Classic car enthusiasts traveled the Dixie Highway Saturday. The annual event featured cars and trucks driving along Route 1 from Danville to Milford. Another trek featured vehicles from Blue Island to Momence.

The Vermilion County Museum promotes the Danville to Milford 'Drivin' the Dixie' event.

Anyone and everyone is always welcome to join the event. Info is posted online at www.vermilioncountymuseum.org.

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Paxton crash kills Rantoul 17-year-old

A one-vehicle crash south of Paxton (Friday) claimed the life of a 17-year-old girl from Rantoul. The accident is under investigation by the Ford County Sheriff's Department and the Champaign County Coroner.

Dakota Odom was pronounced dead at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana just before 5 pm. Reports stated she lost control of her car and struck a tree near 276 N. Ford County Road 1900 East around 3:30 pm.

Miss Odom and a back-seat passenger, a 17-year-old male, were trapped inside the vehicle and had to be extricated. A front-seat passenger, a 17-year-old female, was ejected prior to the impact.

Odom was traveling behind another vehicle which began to make a turn. Miss Odom began to go around the vehicle, went off the road and overcorrected.

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I-74 crash injures Chatsworth woman

A Chatsworth woman was injured in a collision Friday in Champaign.  27-year-old Sahira Fnu of Chatsworth was injured (Friday) when her westbound car rear-ended a trailer on Interstate 74 in Champaign.

Fnu was taken to a hospital. Her injuries were not life-threatening.

She was ticketed for not wearing her seat belt, failure to reduce speed to avoid a traffic crash and having no valid insurance.

Illinois State Police investigated just west of the I-57 ramp.

The semi's driver, Jacob Fehr, 29, of Manitoba, Canada, was slowing for traffic backed up at a construction area.

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KCC President concerned about Rauner’s stop-gap spending plan

Governmental leaders and school officials met at Kankakee Community College (Thursday) to talk about the stop-gap spending proposal being pushed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.

State Representative Kate Cloonen and school administrators are taking issue with the Governor's plan for a stop-gap approach rather than a budget for the new Fiscal Year July 1st.

KCC President John Avendano expressed his leery attitude about a partial funding plan. He said lay-offs were made, programs were closed, and faculty vacancies have not been filled. Avendano said downsizing has hurt, including closing the Child Care Center.

The current stop-gap plan has resulted in KCC only receiving 13 percent of its usual funding.

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Golf cart parade in Manteno tonight

The village of Manteno is taking advantage of the growing popularity in recent years of Illinois cities that have allowed golf carts on village/city streets.

Manteno's first ever golf cart parade kicks off this (Friday) at 6:45 in Heritage Park. Village Event Planner Sarah Marion says expect the parade entries to show their creativity in a big way.

"We encourage people to get creative with their golf cart. We just don't want candy throwing during the parade," Marion said. "We have a convenient charm about our community."

Marion says golf cart owners from outside the community have asked to join the parade as well. More information about the parade and about the town is online at www.villageofmanteno.com

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