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Newton County crash temporarily closes SR 114

A Rockford (IL) truck driver escaped serious injury today (Tuesday) when his loaded Kenworth semi ran off the road and hit a utility pole in Newton County, IN.

35-year-old Keith Dworschak was treated at an area hospital for minor injuries. Newton County Sheriff's Police reported State Road 114 was shut down for several hours. Emergency personnel received the 9-1-1call about 7:15 am. The semi crash happened near Meridian Road.

The accident is still under investigation. Sheriff's Police were assisted by Morocco Fire, Newton County Ambulance, Emergency Management, The Department of Transportation and NIPSCO.

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104th Kankakee County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting set for March 3

The 104th Annual Meeting of the Kankakee County Farm Bureau will take place on Thursday, March 3 at the Hilton Garden Conference Center at 455 Riverstone Parkway in Kankakee. The evening will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30. Following dinner, there will be a short business meeting and election of directors. Once the business portion is concluded, the featured speaker will be introduced.

This year's featured speaker will be two-time NFL Super Bowl champ, Ted Petersen. Petersen of rural Momence, Illinois played as offensive lineman in the NFL for nine seasons playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cleveland Browns, and the Indianapolis Colts. He will deliver an inspirational message focusing on the value of hard work and perseverance.

Petersen was a member of the Pittsburg Steelers for eight years from 1977 to 1984, a team which won Super Bowl XIII in 1979 and Super Bowl XIV in 1980. He attended Momence High School and played football all four years. He was never included on the MVP list for his high school team and was not expected to go to the NFL. In 1973 he was awarded an All-Area Offensive Line scholarship to Eastern Illinois University where he was co-captain and was a first-team All-American for his university football team.

Along with the election of nine directors to the County Farm Bureau Board and reports to the membership, the evening at the Hilton will also include an extensive dinner of marinated and grilled pork tenderloin along with everything else to complete the meal. Tickets are $15 per Farm Bureau member and $30 per non-member.

Plan to spend the evening with your friends and family in the Farm Bureau for an excellent meal and a great program. For tickets, contact the Kankakee County Farm Bureau office at (815) 932-7471, stop by the office at 1605 West Court Street in Kankakee, or see your local County Farm Bureau director. Please purchase your tickets by Friday, February 26.

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Fuel prices still falling…

Gas prices are still on a decline in the WGFA-listening area. Some communities have posted prices below the buck and-a-half range throughout Illiana.

Prices in Danville Monday were at $1.47. The national average price of $1.81 per gallon is the cheapest price since January, 2009 according to the Triple-A Motor Club.

Crude oil supply continues to outpace demand, helping push gas prices down. Triple-A says regular unleaded gasoline averaged $1.89 a gallon during January in Illinois. The price is down 11-cents a gallon from December 2015, and is 19-cents a gallon less than one year ago.

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Gov. Rauner names Illinois' 1st statewide 911 administrator

The director of an emergency dispatch system in Chicago's northwest suburbs has been named to lead Illinois' new statewide 911 system.

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday named Cindy Barbera-Brelle to serve as Illinois' first statewide 911 administrator.

In a news release, the governor's office says Barbera-Brelle will oversee the transition of 911 services from the Illinois Commerce Commission to the Illinois State Police. She'll also supervise the expansion of 911 to 11 rural counties that have not had it.

Barbera-Brelle currently works as executive director of the Northwest Central Dispatch System, which serves 11 suburban Cook County communities.

Lawmakers approved a measure last year that added an 87-cent surcharge to cellphone bills to help cover the cost of the statewide 911 system.

Barbera-Brelle will make $125,000 annually.

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Bence elected head of IFRW

Susan Wynn Bence has been elected the Illinois Federation of Republican Women (IFRW) as its new president.

Bence will oversee nine regions and 41 clubs. It is the largest grassroots volunteer Republican women's organization in Illinois, according to the news release.

Bence joined the IFRW in the late '90s and has been significantly involved ever since. She is the past president of the Iroquois County Republican Women's Club. She has also served the IFRW as membership chairman prior to becoming the second vice president in 2014.

She served as the chief of staff and campaign manager for former state representative Josh Harms and chief of staff to state representative Tom Bennett before accepting her current position as the Springfield director for Illinois Lieutenant Govenor Evelyn Sanguinette.

Other elected officers include first vice president Sue Hamilton of Carterville, second vice president Jayne Lehman Raef of Bourbonnais, third vice president Lt. Governor Evelyn Pacino Sanguinette of Wheaton, fourth vice president Linda Brown of Savoy, secretary Mary Sundermeyer of Savoy, and treasurer Elaine Zannis of Oak Brook.

The IFRW will host its spring conference April 15-16 in Carbondale.

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