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Harvest Moon Drive-In Saved… … business community steps up

GIBSON CITY - Get ready for the drive-in movie season. The Harvest Moon Drive-In will be back; saved by citizens and the business community.

The Gibson City landmark received a $10,000 donation on Tuesday to pay for necessary equipment upgrades.

Neal Tire and Auto Service made a sizable donation and many concerned citizens responded to a fundraiser over several weeks.

Harvest Moon manager Ben Harroun said “it’s a lot to celebrate.” He said we had over 700 people total donate to the campaign."

The Central Illinois landmark is staying in business after Neal Tire and Auto Service along with Gibson City's "Have a Heart - Save the Drive-In" fund made the donation.

The Bloomington Neal Tire and Auto location spearheaded the fundraiser by donating $25 from each recent oil change. The total number raised from the effort was $5,000.

Harroun said the funds raised will allow for the final payment on new digital projector equipment.

The drive-in theater will be open for business as usual when the summer season approaches.

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Mayor Epstein Wins, Alderman Hunter Loses in Kankakee Primary

Veteran alderman Steve Hunter lost his re-election bid Tuesday in the Kankakee primary, while incumbent Mayor Nina Epstein was an easy winner.

The 7th Ward voters chose to make a change, selecting Fred Tetter to the aldermanic post. Hunter was a 40-year alderman. Tetter gathered 215 votes to 194 for Hunter.

The Republican mayoral primary went to Epstein, 532 votes to 106 for Dan Sullivan.

Mayor Epstein will face Jarman Myron Porter in the April 9th Consolidated Election. Porter won a 3-man Democratic primary. Porter had 720 votes, Tim Schmidt 520 and Robert Snipes 296.

Other winners in Kankakee’s Democratic aldermanic races….Stacy Gall in Ward 2, Tyler Tall Sr. in Ward 5, and Mary Archie in Ward 6.


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3 Killed in Attica, IN House Fire

An early morning house fire (Tuesday) claimed three lives in Attica, Indiana.

The three fatalities resulted despite efforts by volunteer firefighters to rescue them.  Attica Fire Chief Ed O’Farrell said the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.   Firefighters entered the home but were forced to abandon their rescue attempts.
Attica firefighters received mutual aid from the Williamsport, Mellott and West Point Fire Departments. The alarm sounded just past midnight.

The victims are a man and his two young daughters; a three-year-old and an eighteen-month-old.  The mother of the children had gone to a nearby gas station and arrived home to find the house on fire.  She was outside screaming for help when firefighters arrived.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal is assisting in trying to determine what caused the tragedy.


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Slick Roads Trigger Accidents in Iroquois County

Motorists are advised to be aware of black ice and changing road conditions today. A mix of rain and freezing rain this (Tues) morning finds several roads quite slippery.

A 3-vehicle accident backed up traffic on I-57 near mile marker 303. A jack-knifed tractor-trailer at that location, near Chebanse.. Illinois State Police and other emergency vehicles are at the scene.  Traffic was being re-directed to Route 45.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police also investigated an accident—with injury---at County Routes 2000 E and 1600 N. No other info was available.

Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police also responded to a mishap on the Herscher Blacktop.

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Indiana residents hear about proposed expressway

CEDAR LAKE, Ind. (AP) – State highway officials met with more than 100 northwestern Indiana property owners with homes and businesses in the path of the proposed Illiana Expressway.

Illiana corridor project manager James Earl told property owners at Monday's meeting in the Lake County town of Cedar Lake that he knows they have a lot of concerns about the project that would link Interstate 65 in northwestern Indiana and Interstate 55 in Illinois.

Monday's meeting followed three landowner meetings held last week in Illinois.

Earl says the earliest offers for property in either state probably won't happen until summer 2014. He says that first the public will weigh in on the highway's proposed path in a series of hearings.