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Livingston County crash kills one

A pickup truck crash northwest of Chatsworth Friday killed on unidentified person. Dental records will be used to identify the body found near a burning pickup in Charlotte Township.

Livingston County Coroner Danny Watson said the body was found on the ground. The truck caught fire after it hit a utility pole about 75 yards west of the intersection of 1200 North and 3100 East roads.

The incident occurred about 11:45 pm. The truck was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

An autopsy is scheduled.

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Watseka Police investigate burglaries

Three local break-ins in Watseka this week are under investigation. Watseka Police are asking for help in finding who's responsible for two burglaries at the Watseka High School Softball Concession Stand, behind the high school parking lot on Martin Avenue.

Police also reported someone broke into a shed at Westside Motors, stealing several tires.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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Vermilion County: Investigation of train-pedestrian fatality

A Danville man was identified yesterday (Fri) as the victim of what was believed to be a train-pedestrian mishap. 21-year-old Brent McGee's body was found near the 800-block of Collett Street in Danville.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said the investigation continues. An autopsy is scheduled.

The body was found alongside railroad tracks. Norfolk Southern stopped its rail traffic while the investigation unfolded.

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Caution: Heat index into mid 90s this weekend

The season's warmest weather, so far, arrives for the weekend in Illiana. Temps will reach the 90s with a heat index near 96-98 today (Friday) and Saturday.

Health officials advise the public to take precaution; protect yourself from the extreme heat and check on elders.

Increasing humidity will result in heat index values rising to near 100 both days.

Sunday's high temperature is expected to reach near 90, with heat index values in the low 90s. By Wednesday of next week daytime highs are expected to be in the mid-80s.

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Ford County Fair set for 2016

This year's Ford County Fair, running June 19-25, features concerts, action, and events for family members of all ages.

The week's events start on Sunday with the western horse show at 10 a.m. Ten girls compete for the title of Miss Ford County in the annual pageant that begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 20.

Contestants include Emily Komnick, Clarence; Karley Bridgwater and Maddie Francis, Gibson City; Leslie Lawson, Ludlow; Audrey Bloomquist, Amanda Diesburg, Liz Griffin, Karla Rodriquez and Courtney-Ann Schwing, Paxton; and Chelsea Price, Roberts.

The biggest event of the week is the Canaan Smith and LOCASH concert on Friday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m.. This is the first time the concert will be held on a Friday night in hopes of drawing an even larger crowd. Concert tickets include free carnival rides.

Zach Linley and the Rebel Daredevils provide a pre-concert party at 7 p.m. and will play in the beer tent after the concert. Concert tickets can be ordered by going to the concert ticket link on the fair's website, fordcountyfair.org.

Old favorites are also featured at this year's fair. The Little Miss and Mister Pageant starts at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21. C-Bar rodeo will also be back at the fair on Tuesday, with the annual talent show scheduled for Wednesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. This year's fair will also include truck and tractor pulls on Thursday, June 23. The demolition derby closes out the grandstand entertainment on Saturday, June 25. This year's demo again features a modified wire class with a $3,000 payout.

Outshyne will play in the beer tent after the demo derby on Saturday. Outshyne has opened for several country acts including Jake Owen, Eric Church and Lee Brice.

Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians with Al Pierson will make a return to the fair on Saturday. The popular dance band has appeared at the fair for over 30 years.

The petting zoo also returns this year and will be housed in the commercial building. The zoo will again offer pony rides and will be open Monday through Saturday.

Swyear Amusements will open their rides on the midway Tuesday at 5 p.m. Several ride specials will run during the week including $1 ride night on Tuesday and $20 armband specials on Wednesday and Thursday nights. A special armband price of $10 will be available on Saturday from 1-5 p.m.

Sally the Clown returns on Friday evening, June 24 with face painting from 3-9 p.m.

For more information go to fordcountyfair.org or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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