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Watseka Public Aid Office Closing

The Illinois Department of Human Services has announced the closing of its public aid office in Watseka. The February 2nd closing date will force people in need of help to travel to Kankakee for services.

The DHS records show the move will affect an average of 800 clients a month and five state employees who operate the DHS Family Community Resource Center for Iroquois County, which is located on E. Walnut Street.

The action is another cost-cutting move by the state of Illinois to streamline services.

 

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Special Weather Statement: Wind Advisory

The National Weather Service has a strong wind advisory in effect for a large part of central Illinois.  The weather statement calls for strong wind gusts to 40 miles per hour today (Mon). Westerly winds of 25 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 miles per hour are expected during daytime hours.  Winds this strong will make travel hazardous for high profile vehicles traveling along north to south roadways.  Any loose outdoor items may be tossed around by the stronger gusts. Also, damaged or weakened branches or trees could fall into power lines and could cause outages.  The winds are expected to diminish by evening.

 

 

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Tornadoes Reported in Arkansas, No Injuries >

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Strong winds and tornadoes have been reported in Arkansas as storms move through parts of the South and Midwest.

The National Weather Service says it received reports of possible tornadoes in Arkansas, Dallas, Lonoke, Prairie and Cleveland counties Sunday night. There were no reports of any injuries.

The storms also brought hail and strong winds as they moved from Arkansas and into Illinois, Tennessee and Kentucky.

The storms were part of a system expected to threaten parts of the South and Midwest overnight. A tornado watch was in effect for parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Thunderstorms and lightning in Iroquois County produced just under an inch of rain at WGFA north of Watseka.  Minor flooding and ponding on low-lying roadways was reported. 

There was .70 recorded at Chatsworth. .69 at Crescent City, .56 at Milford and one-inch in Kankakee.

94.1 FM, WGFA

 

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2 Barn Fires Possible Arson Cases in Iroquois County

LODA —The State Fire Marshall is investigating two barn fires near Loda.. Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police and the Loda Fire Protection District report the barns were just a quarter mile apart from each other on County Road 300 N.  The Loda Fire District answered the call shortly after 8 pm Wednesday.  Firemen found the barns fully engulfed.

The property owner, Eric Kaeb, was not home at the time the fires started on his farm.  A neighbor reported one of the fires.  The other fire was reported minutes later by a passerby.

Loda firefighters received mutual aide help from Buckley, Paxton, and Cissna Park.  Firefighters remained on scene until about 1 a.m.

Both barns were destroyed, according to Loda Fire Chief Harold Ecker.  The cause and origin of the fires remains undetermined.

Meanwhile…Iroquois County Crimestoppers offers a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Tips can be made anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 815-432-7463 or calling Starkey at 815-432-6992.

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Prepare for Winter Elements Today....

Winter Weather Advisory
Statement as of 3:52 AM January 20, 2012

...Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 9 am this morning to midnight  tonight...

Timing...snow will develop during the mid to late morning hours
and continue through this afternoon...then ending tonight. The
heaviest snowfall will occur this afternoon.

Accumulations...snowfall totals of 3 to 6 inches can be
expected with locally heavier totals possible.  Hazards...snow could fall rather heavily at times resulting in reduced visibilities and snowfall rates of a half inch to inch per hour at times.

* Impacts...accumulating snow will cause significantly increased
  travel times...resulting in a particularly treacherous commute
  this afternoon. In addition...very cold temperatures in the
  teens will make salt less effective making it harder for Road
  crews to keep roads clear of snow and ice. The snow will also
  result in significant disruptions to air travel as well.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities...and use caution while driving.

"Your Illiana News Source"  ---   94.1 FM, WGFA