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Hoopeston Truck Driver Injured in Crash

HARRISTOWN — Authorities report a 41-year-old Hoopeston man was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after his semitrailer crashed in downstate Harristown.  The truck slammed into the back of an unoccupied vehicle protecting an Illinois Department of Transportation work crew.

Todd A. Cross was driving a 2011 Freightliner semitrailer east on Interstate 72 when he fell asleep behind the wheel and reportedly didn't see three warning signs that the driving lane was closed.

Police said Cross struck an unoccupied, stationary vehicle that was protecting an IDOT crew that was working on the road at 12:26 p.m. Tuesday. The IDOT workers scrambled out of the way and were not reported injured.

Cross was taken by ambulance to Decatur Memorial Hospital..

Police ticketed Cross for improper lane usage, failure to yield to an Illinois Department of Transportation vehicle and driving while fatigued.


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37 Illinois School districts receive school grants

The Illinois State Board of Education is announcing 37 school districts will share in nearly $43 million in federal "Race to the Top" school improvement grants.

The money will go toward improving achievement in science, technology, engineering and math education and building better connections to post-secondary education and training.

Among reforms is that districts will use more comprehensive principal and teacher evaluations that tie student growth to educators' reviews.

All districts must have such evaluations by 2016.

Illinois got third-round "Race to the Top" funding after it was a finalist in the first two. The State Board of Education keeps half the grant to implement statewide reforms and shares the rest based on a formula that measures school-district poverty levels.



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East-Central Illinois Soldier Killed in Accident >

Pfc. Joseph Eveland of Mattoon,  assigned to Company A, 634th Brigade Support Battalion in Mattoon, was pronounced dead Sunday (May 6) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon after an off-duty motorcycle accident.

The family of the 27-year-old Pfc. Eveland released a statement through the Illinois National Guard.

“In our darkest moment, our hearts are warmed by the collective love and support of our family, our friends, our neighbors and our community. The outpouring of support and kindness has been tremendous and we cannot thank everyone enough. Joe was an excellent father, husband, brother, son, and Soldier; he would be proud and honored. This is not an easy time for us. As we navigate this difficult journey we ask media to maintain a respectful distance.”

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Snyder’s Jewelry & Gift Stop Closing….family business since 1946

It all started in 1946.  And it’s ending here in 2012.

Kind of sad, yet everyone deserves retirement.  And Pat Snyder says “now’s the time.”

Snyder’s Jewelry & Gift Shop, a staple in downtown Watseka is currently involved with its GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE.

Pat Snyder’s been involved since way back when his dad, Ralph Snyder, first started Snyder’s Watch Shop in 1946.  Now, Pat says, it’s time to step aside………….

                                                            (to do)   :24               #  37

Drastically reduced prices….40 to 70% Off…are attracting shoppers, old and new.  And that finds the Snyder’s staff enjoying staff many acquaintances from over the years.

Pat says it’s been a fun run…for all the family…………..

                                                            (38 yrs)   :28             #  38

One of the area’s longest-serving jewelry stores has been such a success.  Why now, Pat ?..........                                                           (as I am)   1:27          #  39

And being a part of the Watseka community.  That’s sure to bring a warm smile to Pat Snyder and the family…………….

                                                           (jewelry store)      1:02         #  40

And for Pat Snyder, it’s not just running a retail store, but performing the fine-art of tending to a precise craft………

                                                           (do that)    :28                       #  41

Snyder’s Jewelry GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE continues in Watseka.


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Storm Damage in Iroquois County….

….Emergency Responders are Victims


Two professional emergency response people became are victims of severe weather in Iroquois County Sunday.  No injuries have been reported, but  structural damage was widespread south and east of Watseka.

Ameren utility crews report a few cust9omers still without power this morning.  Those are in select areas near Route 24 between Watseka and crescent City where up to 49 utility poles came down across the T.P.& W. Railroad tracks along Route 24.

Watseka Police Sgt. Jeremy Douglas’ family is OK but a building was destroyed at the family site along County Road 1730 N.  A 40 by 40 cinder-block building was blown apart on the north side of the property. Site.  Debris was scattered a few miles to the east. Crumbled siding and furniture was ripped apart.  The Douglas family was in the basement of the house, which wasn’t hit by the storm.  Douglas said his wife was paying attention to weather reports and made sure the family was safely tucked until the storm had passed.

A few miles to the east, Iroquois County 9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble’s 2-story home was shaken and windows blown out.  Dubble said she was sitting inside and heard the winds rumble thru the house.  At least five buildings on the property were damaged by winds.  A camper parked inside one shed was impaled with a board ripped from another building.  One camper, inside the building was moved about 8-feet.  A large evergreen tree was also uprooted.

A farmer east of the same area, near Shewami Country Club, reported seeing a funnel aloft, but it didn’t touch down.    


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