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Storms Produce Heavy Rain, Large Hail

There’s been reports of hail damage in central-Illinois today. Severe thunderstorms rolled across the area late Wednesday and overnight brought flash flooding along with some hail damage. Hail measuring 2-inches in diameter was reported near Champaign County. Trained weather spotters also reported three-quarter inch hail.

By 6 pm Wednesday, three and a half inches of rain had been reported near Rossville.  A trained weather spotter there reported one-and-a-half inches of rain fell during a one-hour period.  Earlier in the afternoon Wednesday the National Weather Service issued a special advisory for southern Vermilion County because of strong thunderstorms that included nickel-sized hail and wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour.

Meanwhile, the Weather Service was warning motorists to be on the lookout for the possibility of flooded roadways.  And remember you should never drive through an area where water is running across a road.

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Flood Warning at Milford

Heavy rainfall in central Illinois prompted Flash Flood Warnings.  The National Weather Service has extended a Flood Warning for Sugar Creek at Milford in Iroquois County.

The Warning is extended for Sugar Creek from late tonight to Saturday evening. The reading at 5 am today (Thurs) was 6.7 feet; Flood Stage is 18 feet.  Minor Flooding is forecast.  The forecast calls for the waters to rise to near 20.1 feet by Friday afternoon.

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Pembroke Votes No to School Tax Hike

Voters inside Pembroke Community School District 259 Tuesday voted down a property-tax hike school officials said was necessary to keep the district's only school open next year.

Of the 426 votes cast in the Pembroke portion of the school district, nearly 79 percent voted against more than doubling their property taxes that go toward education.

School officials warned Lorenzo R. Smith School might not survive another school year.


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Herscher School Tax Hike Defeated

The voters used a 'back door' referendum to say No to a tax hike in the Herscher school district.

The District 2 school board had tried to borrow up to $3 million to cover lack of state funding from the state. But voters successfully petitioned to put the matter on the ballot.

The referendum was defeated by a vote of 1,723-1,055 in Kankakee County. Parts of neighboring counties also voted against the measure. It lost in smaller sections of the school district in Iroquois, Ford, Grundy and Livingston counties. Iroquois County results showed 11 in favor and 16 against.

Without the back door referendum, the school board could have raised property taxes without voter approval, had the referendum not happened.

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Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet

The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Annual Banquet for 2013. This year’s event will be held at Celebrations on May 1st starting at 5:30 PM. The theme for this year is “Kentucky Derby” and the dress is casual.

The highlight of the event is the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce awards for Business Leadership and Staff Achievement.

As in the past a light meal and refreshments will be included with your $14 purchase of a ticket for the evening. There will be silent and live auction from items donated by your generous Chamber members.

Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber office until April 29th at 110 South Third Street, Watseka or call Amanda to reserve your tickets at 815-432-2416.