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Sheldon Fire Results in $100,000 Damage

A garage fire was fueled by high winds Monday, spreading to a house and resulting in damages pegged at $100,000. There was no injury. The cause is yet to be determined.

Sheldon firemen answered the call to 102 W Cottage Avenue in Sheldon. Mutual aid was provided by firemen from Concord, Donovan, Stockland, Milford, and Watseka. Martinton was also on standby.

The fire started in a detached garage. The wind spread flames to the house. The garage, it’s contents, and a vehicle were listed as a total loss. Sheldon fireman Tim Williamson reported the west end of the house, a section of the roof, and two bedrooms sustained damage. The rest of the house is smoke-damaged, but a majority of contents can be salvaged. Heat from this fire also melted siding on the house to the west.

The fire’s cause is under investigation.

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I-57 Crash near Paxton Injures Motorist

A Gary, Indiana woman was injured this (Tuesday) morning in a traffic accident on Interstate 57 near Paxton.

21-year-old Ambriah Williams was hospitalized. She suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to Illinois State Police.

It was just before 8 am when Janice Nieman of Buckley crossed into Williams’ lane to avoid merging southbound traffic. Williams lost control of her car, which went into a ditch and hit several trees.

Nieman was not injured. She faces preliminary charges of improper lane usage.

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Election Day 2013, Voters Head to Polls

Candidates are looking for voter approval today for several local governmental offices. It’s Election Day in Illinois. The Consolidated Election groups municipal, school board, junior-college districts, fire and library districts, and referendums.

Statewide, officials only expect 20-25% of the voters to turnout. Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher is hopeful up to 30% will cast ballots locally. Election officials in Vermilion County are predicting only about a 17-percent voter turn-out as voters head to the polls today. 

Voters are casting ballots today in races for City Council and Village Board seats, Kankakee, Danville, and Parkland Community College Trustees and other school board races. Several contested races at the township level of government are popular on ballots. Some communities, including Watseka, Gilman, Clifton, Danville, Fairbury and Pontiac, have a question on the ballot for electric aggregation. 

The polls open at 6:00 a.m. and will remain open until 7:00 p.m.

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Sheldon House Fire alerts volunteer departments

Several volunteer fire departments were on alert today (Mon) for a house fire at 102 W. Cottage Avenue in Sheldon.

Sheldon firefighters immediately called for mutual aide from neighboring departments. Details have been unavailable this (Mon) afternoon.

Concord, Donovan, Stockland, Milford, Watseka and Martinton all answered the call.


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Mama Petunia dies

(Chicago, IL) --  A pregnant pit bull found Palm Sunday with burns to 25-percent of her body has died.  Mama Petunia passed away early Sunday morning.  Officials from "It's a Pittie" rescue say they are feeding the pups with a bottle and they should be adoptable in ten-weeks.


{from the Daily-Journal}

Mama Petunia, the burned and abused pit bull who found compassion once in the arms of local veterinarians and received an outpouring of affection from the community, died this morning, according to her Facebook page.

"At 5:15 am I crossed Rainbow Bridge (went home to be with the Lord). My heart stopped beating. The Doctors performed CPR and massaged my heart. My body was tired. My little body suffered major trauma and I stayed strong as long as I could," the post read.

The 3-year-old pit bull was brought in to the Animal Welfare Center in Monee on March 28 in critical shape and pregnant. She had gave birth to 10 puppies the next day, five stillborn.

But this week, she "had some setbacks," according to her first attending veterinarian Lynlee Wessels of the Animal Welfare Center. Those problems led to an emergency transfer to a specialty animal clinic in Aurora on Friday.

This morning, Petunia's Facebook page, which has more than 8,000 followers, read: "I felt the love that surrounded me and I got my babies to a safe place, I knew it was ok to let go. I am now free of pain and suffering and will be re-united with my 5 little ones that didn't make. Thank you for showing me love and compassion."

It's a Pittie rescue group in Peotone was the first to bring Petunia to the Monee clinic. Debbie Wilke, a volunteer and co-founder, said the group is tentatively planning a memorial event in her honor.

"I know she's only an animal but this has been devastating. We just want to do one more thing for her."

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