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Iroquois County 50+ Golden Anniversary Celebration Has New Location

The Iroquois County Historical Society’s 50+ Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration is coming up on Sunday, April 23 at 1pm. The event will be held at First Christian/Living Hope Church on 546 N. Sixth Street, Watseka.

This free event is for any couple in Iroquois County – or those who spent the majority of their married lives in the county – who are celebrating 50 or more years of marriage during 2017.

For more information, call the Old Courthouse Museum 815-432- 2215.

The Historical Society is also still taking submissions of stories and recipes as part of their 50th Anniversary Celebration. If you have a story or recipe to share, they can be mailed to or dropped off at Old Courthouse Museum, 103 W. Cherry in Watseka as soon as possible. For more information, call the museum at 815-432-2215.

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Riverside Healthcare Upgrades 3D Breast Biopsy Technology

Riverside Healthcare will be upgrading and implementing 3D breast biopsy equipment at the Riverside Breast Center.

The advancement was made possible thanks in part to the Ta Ta Trot Organization who sponsored one third of the upgrade. The newly available technology will allow patients to stay in the community, instead of traveling as far as Chicago or Peoria for care.

To learn more, visit riversidehealthcare.org/breast-health.

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Police Investigating Armed Robbery in Clifton

The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office and the Clifton Police Department are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Monday afternoon at the Dollar General in Clifton. According to police, around 4:30pm an unidentified white male entered the store, displayed a weapon and demanded money from the clerk.

The suspect fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money and was last seen heading northbound on Interstate 57 driving a copper colored SUV. At this time, no arrests have been made and the incident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and the Clifton Police Department. If you have any information, call the Sheriff’s Office at (815) 432-6992.

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Kankakee County Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial Partner to Help Local Family

Kankakee County Habitat for Humanity will be partnering with Thrivent Financial to build a home alongside a local family.

Thrivent has awarded $40,000 to support the construction. Thrivent members and other volunteers will also give of their time to assist in the home build. Thrivent Financial is partnering with Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the US to build or repair homes in 2017 through the Thrivent Builds Homes and Thrivent Builds Repairs program.

Larry Burton with Thrivent Financial says “The Thrivent Builds program provides us with more options to serve our area. The support we receive from the local community for projects like this is overwhelming, and we look forward to working together in 2017.”

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Watseka FFA Donates Baseball Drag to High School

The Watseka FFA has donated a baseball field drag to Watseka Community High School Baseball. Students in Agricultural Mechanics class recently built a 3 foot drag for dragging portions of the infield for the baseball program.

Primary students on the project were Cody Wright and Jaden Downs. The students designed, cut, and welded the drag that should be useful for many years to come.

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Pictured from left to right: Cody Wright and Blake Dixon examine the work on a bright spring day.