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'Ride the River' tractor event Saturday

The Central Illinois Green Club is hosting its "Ride the River" event Saturday. Proceeds from entry fees benefit area FFA organizations.

"Ride the River" was initiated in 2008 to raise money to create a scholarship fund for Kankakee Community College agriculture and horticulture students, adding to that in 2010 and 2012 and switching to FFA funding this year.

For more information about the event or the Green Club, contact secretary Nancy Evans at 815-545-0726.

Vintage tractor enthusiasts from the surrounding area participate in the annual event. Upwards of 120 tractors will gather at the Kanakee County Fairgrounds at 8 am, then follow the river and ride along a river road route to Momence and back.

The tractors route is east to the Iroquois River road, then south to Sugar Island bridge over the Iroquois River. They then head back north to Aroma Park.

From Aroma Park, the tractors take Sandbar Road and Eagle Island Road to Momence, where they will stop for lunch at Island Park for lunch. The route then moves on River Road South out of Momence, past South Shore Golf Course and across Illinois Route 17, then west to Boy Scout Road, to Birchwood Lane and back to the Aroma Park campground for an afternoon break about 1 p.m. The tractors then take Waldron Road to Kankakee and arrive at Cobb Park, before heading back at the fairgrounds at 4:30 pm.

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Humid weather blankets area, early school dismissals

August weather finally arrived this week just in time for the start of another school year. Some of the hottest weather of the summer has brought temps in the 80s and low 90s. Heat index readings in the 100 – 105 are likely into next week.

Donovan, Bradley and Kankakee schools announced early dismissals today. Some districts will also send students home early Monday.

The National Weather Service says an upper-level ridge of high pressure will build, resulting with rising temperatures and humidity. Afternoon high temperatures today through Monday are expected to reach the low to mid-90's. And heat-index readings are likely to reach 100 to 105 each day. The heat-index is how hot it feels when you factor the heat and humidity.

This will be one of the longest periods of hot, humid weather this summer and residents are being advised to use precautions. Limit your exposure to the hot, humid conditions. If you need to be outdoors, be sure you drink plenty of fluids and take frequent breaks.


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Bathtub drowning investigated in White County, IN

A five-year-old Indiana boy is dead, an alleged drowning victim in a bathtub near Monticello. Ian Davidson was found by s family member about 6 pm, according to Indiana State Police.

An investigation continues. An autopsy is planned.

According to Indiana State Police, a call was made to 911 and a neighbor who is a paramedic came to the residence and started CPR.

Monticello Fire Department transported the boy to IU White Memorial Hospital. He was later airlifted to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis where he was pronounced dead just before 2 am Thursday.

Davidson's parents, (Eric Davidson and Julia Moore), were at the home at the time of the drowning. There have not been any charges at this time as the investigation is ongoing.


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Flood advisory for WGFA-listening area

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED AN URBAN & SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR FORD COUNTY, Southern IROQUOIS COUNTY, AND SOUTHERN LIVINGSTON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ILLLINOIS.... UNTIL 200 PM TODAY (FRIDAY).

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THUNDERSTORMS WITH MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE ADVISORY AREA. DOPPLER RADAR ESTIMATED SOME AREAS HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED AROUND THREE INCHES OF RAINFALL WITH ADDITIONAL THUNDERSTORMS MOVING OVER THE AREA YET THIS MORNING.

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15-year-old Beaverville youth charged with arson

An August 15th structure fire in Beaverville now finds a 15-year-old teen facing an arson charge. Iroquois County Sheriff's police arrested the boy Wednesday.

Up to a dozen area fire departments and 70 firemen responded to the call on St. Charles Street. The vacant building had been abandoned for about 8 years. The building had been used most recently as a residence. It was also a restaurant, a nursing home and provided housing for Catholic nuns years ago.

The State Fire Marshal's Office ruled the fire intentional. Police say they followed up on numerous leads before questioning and identifying the teen as a suspect.

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