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Civil War Day in Watseka

WATSEKA --  The Old Courthouse Museum in Watseka was the setting for historians Sunday.  More than two-dozen people gathered, some camping out, to re-enact the Civil War days.  

The event, which included educational presentations, was part of Iroquois County’s Civil War sesquicentennial. It’s hoped the day’s event will draw more interest to what the Old Courthouse Museum offers Iroquois County.

The historians are well-schooled professionals, who take the time to educate the rest of us what the Civil War was all about and how it played its part in local history.

The Battlefield Balladeers provided musical entertainment on civil war days instruments. Civil War souvenirs were also available for sale at the museum.

The Civil War encampment began at 9 a.m. Later in the afternoon, The Iroquois County Slow Boys Tractor Club provided trolly-transportation during a parade to the G.A.R. cemetery.  The  Grand Army of the Republic cemetery, tucked along side Oak Hill cemetery, is the resting place of many civil war soldiers.

Several descendants of Iroquois County soldiers marched to the graves to lay a wreath at G.A.R. cemetery.  Re-enactor Rod Miller read a list of local men who died serving in the Civil War 76th Infantry.

American Legion Post #23 and the Watseka High School Band also played in the re-enactment.

Those attending were invited to sing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "The Battle Cry of Freedom,"  songs originated during the war.

The re-enactment activities are made possible through the Illinois Humanities Council, the Illinois General Assembly, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Farm Numbers Project Tough Harvest Ahead

Area farmers are getting real-life reminders of the tough harvest ahead here in 2012.

Corn Growers Association members in Kankakee, LaSalle, Livingston and McLean counties recently released yield estimate results.  Some figures show estimate that farmers could be harvesting up to 35 percent less corn compared to 2011.

The Kankakee County Corn Growers Association released its survey estimates this last week, estimating a yield of about 123.4 bushels an acre.  An estimated 200 fields were surveyed by teams of association members. 

The number could be the lowest since 1995 when the yield brought 109 bushels an acre.

Figures released in Kankakee show field estimates ranging from about 80 to 180 bushels an acre.

Read more: Farm Numbers Project Tough Harvest Ahead

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Vintage Tractors “Ride the River”…. along the Kankakee and Iroquois rivers

KANKAKEE --  A fifty-mile trek Saturday along the Kankakee and Iroquois rivers helped raise scholarship money for agriculture and horticulture studies at Kankakee Community College (KCC).

Tractor enthusiasts from across the Illiana area paraded their vintage tractors during the bi-annual “Ride the River” Vintage Tractor Ride.  The event is a partnership between KCC, the KCC Foundation, and the Central Illinois Green Club.

Green Club member and KCC Foundation Board member John Fulton says “it’s all for a great cause…helping future generations of farmers while allowing tractor enthusiasts to show off their pride and joy while enjoying the beautiful scenery along the rivers.”

The scholarship will help two students attend college this fall.

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Iroquois County: Truesdell Guilty of Predatory Sexual Assault

A former Donovan man is facing a minimum sentence of 34 years in prison after he was convicted in Iroquois Circuit Court Thursday for Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault (5 cts) and (1 ct) of Criminal Sexual Asasault.

44-year-old Keith Truesdell was found guilty by Judge Gordon Lustfeldt following a bench trial in Watseka.

State’s Attorney Jim Devine said the victim, now 14-years-old, provided key, believable testimony during the trial……….

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Court records revealed the assaults took place between 2007 and 2011 in both Iroquois and Kankakee counties.  The original charges included 23 counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault and 13 counts of Criminal Sexual Assault.  The Predatory versus Criminal differential is because the victim was just nine when the crime started.

Devine said there will be a lengthy jail term………….

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Moped Crash Kills Remington Man

 Jasper County Sheriff's Deputies report 28-year-old Andy Crimmins died when his moped crashed into a utility pole. He was found by his father lying unresponsive along County Road 630 West, west of Remington.

Police reported Crimmins left his house Wednesday night to get some food. When he didn't return by one o'clock Thursday morning, his parents started looking for him. Deputies said Crimmins showed signs of extreme head trauma and was not wearing a helmet.
Andy Crimmins is the son of Tri-County School Corporation Superintendent, Gilbert Crimmins.

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