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Ashkum sub-division fire does $100,000 damage

Burning leaves triggered a threatening fire that resulted in about $100,000 damage in rural Ashkum Tuesday night.

Ashkum firemen answered the call to the Riverdale sub-division, west of L’Erable, just before 7 pm. Fire Chief Jeff Glenn tells WGFA News it was small shed fire that ignited a camper and then the house and a guest-house on the property.

Also consumed by the flames were three jet skis and a fiber-glass boat. A pontoon boat and a garage also sustained damage. No injury was involved.

Mutual aide was provided by Chebanse Township, Danforth, Martinton, Watseka, Otto-Pilot Township and Riverside Ambulance.


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Crop Production Services gets ZBA approval for expansion

The Iroquois County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) Tuesday gave its approval for construction of an anhydrous ammonia plant in Sheldon Township.

The proposed facility would be at 2800 E, just south of U-S Route 24. The layout would cover 10 acres, allowing for future expansion. The project cost is $2.5 million.

The project’s likely to increase employment from 12 to 16 people. Part-time positions are likely too.

The conditional-use permit will allow for more anhydrous storage, a workshop, warehouse and office space.

Immediate neighbors voiced concern. An increase in traffic, ammonia fumes, the effects on cattle and effects on property values were all documented.


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Family Life: Does your family have a disaster plan?

It's tornado season here in the Midwest, and no matter the age, we need to discuss with our families what we should do in the case of an emergency or natural disaster.

Business and government also needs to plan and implement emergency operations.

Preparation is key for any emergency. Evaluation your own situation for response to tornadoes, ice storms, floods, etc and know what your reaction plan is all about.

Your Emergency Management Agency office is always ready to assist in organizing your response plans. See MORE at www.iqesda.com

For more information on this topic or other family life-related topics, contact Chelsey Byers at the University of Illinois Extension office, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C. She may also be reached at 333-7672 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Kankakee Murder Trial: Johnson Guilty

A Kankakee County jury has ruled guilty on all counts. That’s the verdict against DuShawn Johnson for the 2010 shooting death of Maria O’Connor.

The jury returned its verdict last night after about four-hours of deliberations. Prosecutors had pointed to the 20-year-old Johnson as being the triggerman in what was described as drive-by shooting involving rival gang members.

Miss O’Connor was an innocent bystander, walking home from a job interview when she was hit by a stray bullet.

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Explosion levels White County, IN home

Update: Officials say fire, blast intentional

The Indiana State Marshall is investigating a house fire and explosion that investigators now believe was intentional.

The area, on County Road 800 N near Shafer Drive, where there used to be a home is now covered only in insulation and debris from an explosion Monday morning.

Investigators say the call came in around 8 am. When crews arrived on the scene, they say all they found was the smoldering ruins of what used to be a house.

Crews confirmed no one was injured in the blast. Witnesses said they heard the blast from 10 miles away.

Investigators said they found things "they did not like" and they believe the fire and following explosion were intentional.

Investigators say although they haven't had luck making contact with the home's owner yet, they do know the home was occupied only during the summer months.

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