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33rd annual fishing derby set for July

The 33rd annual Kankakee River Valley Fishing Derby is on the calendar for July 1-10. The event is sponsored by the Northern Illinois Anglers Association (NIAA).

Association president Ken Munjoy said more than $50,000 in potential prizes will be awarded. Munjoy is also the Derby Chairman and says area businesses are now displaying posters and registration materials.

Those who register by June 21 will be eligible for a $100 Early Bird Registration Drawing.

The grand prize, again, is a boat, motor and trailer sponsored by Local 176 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association.

Ten prize fish will be worth $1,000 in cash or merchandise. Several other $1,000 sponsors will make prizes available.

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Kankakee County citizens oppose GLBR project

More than 1,000 citizens in Kankakee County signed petitions opposing the
Great Lakes Basin Railroad project. It's a proposed project that calls for a railroad hub in the Manteno area that could eat up acres of farm ground.

The Great Lakes Basin proposal was one of several agenda items occupying discussion time at Tuesday's County Board meeting. The matter is likely to stir future discussion. A resolution by the board could address the issue as well. The resolution would oppose the project.

State Rep. Kate Cloonen recently gathered public input about the project and helped push the petition.

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Iroquois County opera “Grapes of Wrath” a month away

It's Iroquois County's quiet little secret. And – it's offered again in another month.

The Sugar Creek Opera brings the 'Grapes of Wrath' to the stage at Central High School in Clifton. It's a month and a day away for the July 16th presentation. And the local flavor is Watseka native Helen Todd.

Tickets are available thru the Sugar Creek Opera Box office at 815-432-3830. Info is also online at sugarcreekopera.com

The Early Bird discount on tickets is still available thru today (Wed), according to Dr. Dennis Hopkins.
"There's two ways to purchase tickets...online at www.sugarcreekopera.com or call the ticket office at 815-432-3830," Hopkins told WGFA radio listeners. "Check the seating chart and put in your request."

The American Opera "The Grapes of Wrath" was part of our high school reading assignments. If you need a refresher about this opera, get your tickets and this opera will be sung in English. And Dr. Hopkins says there's the connection to rural America.

"It's all about a Midwest tenant farm family that comes across hard times and ventures to find a new life."

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10-year-old boy killed by tree branch at Indiana Beach Campground

White County, Indiana authorities are investigating a tragedy at a campground. A 10-year-old boy is dead after part of a tree fell on the tent he was occupying at Indiana Beach Campground.

The White County Sheriff's Office reports a large tree branch fell and landed on a tent with a family inside. The family is from Mishawaka, Indiana. A 911 call was made to the White County Communications Center just before 8:30 am.

Sheriff Patrick Shafer said Indiana Beach security officers performed CPR on the boy until paramedics arrived. The boy was transported to IU Health White Memorial Hospital in Monticello where he was pronounced dead.

The White County Sheriff's Office, the Monticello Police Department, along with Indiana State Police, the White County Coroner's Office and Indiana Beach Security all assisted with the investigation.

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911 texting available in Newton County

The 911 center in Newton County, Indiana officially begins accepting text messages for emergencies Wednesday.

The public is urged to only use text messaging to 911 when a voice call is not possible or it is not safe to make a voice call. The Newton County Sheriff's Department emphasizes location and nature of the emergency should be the first communication.

Texting is not always instantaneous. Abbreviations and slang should never be used so that the dialogue can be as clear as possible.

Sheriff Tom VanVleet stresses " voice calls are preferred over text, but is texting is the only option, relaying vital info is imperative.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint are providing this service to their customers. Other carriers are expected to follow in the near future.

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