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More than 350 yachts sail in Mackinac Island race

CHICAGO (AP) -- The crews of more than 350 yachts have set sail in this year's Chicago-to-Mackinac Island race, a Lake Michigan tradition that's more than a century old.

Teams sailed throughout the day and overnight into Sunday on the 333 statute-mile course.

Last year's race was marred by the deaths of two crew members when their Kiwi 35-foot sport boat capsized during a storm.

An investigation by the governing body U.S. Sailing found the vessel's sails were too large for its weight under the conditions of a long overnight competition in an area known to have frequent violent thunderstorms.

Saturday's forecast called for sunny skies and modest south-southwest winds.

Beginning in 1898, Mackinac is the oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world. It takes about 24 hours to complete.


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Strangulation Under Investigation at Newton County Jail

KENTLAND ---  Sheriff’s Police in Newton County, Indiana are investigating the strangulation of a jail inmate.  The unidentified inmate was airlifted to a Peoria hospital after initial treatment at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.

A press release states correctional officers at the jail were alerted at 6:45 Thursday evening that an inmate had strangled himself in a cellblock.

CPR was started and continued by Kentland Medical personnel and ambulance staff after the 34-year-old inmate was found with a  bed-sheet secured around his neck.  He was reported in critical condition at IMH and was later transferred to a Peoria hospital.


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Weekend Activities at the Iroquois County Fair

The 41st Annual Talent Show is among the events at the Iroquois County Agricultural & 4-H Club Fair at Crescent City.  The Talent Show is featured Friday night at the 4-H Center   A Junior and Senior division is featured, beginning at 6:30 pm.

Saturday’s events include the Western Horse & Pony Show.  The Costume Goat Lead is at the Show Barn at 4 pm.  The Dog Agility Judging & demo is from 6-8 pm at the Show Barn.

Saturday’s grandstand show is the Figure 8 Derby.

Ronald McDonald also visits at the 4-H Center at 1 pm.

Sunday’s schedule also includes the Horse & Pony Show at 9 am.  An all-faith Church Service  is at 9:30 am at the 4-H Center.  The Tractor Pull is at 1 pm with the ITPA Tractor Pull & semi Pull at 5:30 pm.

The Costume Sheep Lead is at 4 pm at the Show Barn.

Monday’s finale is the 4-H and FFA Livestock Sale at 1:30 pm.

More info is online at www.iroquoiscofair.com


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Birkey's Farm Store Acquires New Dealership

RANTOUL — Birkey's Farm Store has acquired an agricultural equipment dealership in north central Illinois, bringing the company's total number of stores to 12.

Birkey's, a Case IH dealer, signed an agreement with brothers Bill Read, Bob Read and Jerry Read to acquire Read Bros. Inc. in Henry, a town between Peoria and La Salle-Peru.

The store will close on Friday, Aug. 10, and then reopen on Monday, Aug. 13, as a Birkey's store.

"It's a nice strategic move for us," said CEO Ron Birkey. Henry is located in the middle of Birkey's sales territory and the store will be one of the largest ones.

Jerry Read will continue to be involved in the business as a lead salesman, Birkey said.

Read Bros., originally an International Harvester dealership, has been in business since 1957 and was founded by Francis Read and his brother, Edgar Read.

Birkey's was founded in 1954 in Fisher and has locations in Annawan, Bloomington, Galesburg, Gibson City, Hoopeston, Macomb, Oakland, Polo, Prophetstown and Urbana. There also is a store in Williamsport, Ind.

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Illinois unemployment rate rises in June

CHICAGO — The unemployment rate across Illinois increased slightly in June, ending nine straight months of decreases.

In its monthly report on statewide unemployment Thursday, the state Department of Employment Security said the jobless rate rose a tenth of a percentage point to 8.7 percent. The national unemployment rate put out by the U.S. Department of Labor held steady at 8.2 percent in June.

In Illinois, the trade, transportation and utilities sector lost a net 4,900 jobs.