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Dead Birds Needed by Health Department

The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department is asking for assistance from the public in the collection of dead birds found in Ford and Iroquois counties. "Since West Nile virus arrived in Illinois at the end of the summer of 2001, dead birds have been important sentinels for early West Nile virus activity," said Terry Eimen, Environmental Health Director for the health department. "We are looking for "perching birds" such as crows, blue jays, starlings, robins, cardinals, mockingbirds, catbirds, and grackles. Also many species of sparrows, finches, flycatchers, swallows, warblers and wrens will be accepted for testing."

Mr. Eimen said submitted birds should be believed dead less than 24 hours. Birds should only be submitted if they have not been damaged by scavenging animals and are not decomposed. Birds that have an obvious cause of death such as a gunshot wound or that have been hit by motor vehicles are not eligible for testing. Residents who find dead birds should double bag them in plastic bags (plastic bags that seal are best). Citizens should collect and then take them to the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department offices at 235 North Taft Street in Paxton or at 114 North Third Street in Watseka.

For more information regarding collection of dead birds, contact Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department Environmental Staff at 815-432-2483.

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Kankakee Police issue Missing – Endangered Person report

Missing Person Endangered: Altovise A. Drew is a 32 year old black female (photo attached) who is 5’07”, 120 pounds, black hair and brown eyes. Ms. Drew has epileptic seizures, is considered mentally disabled and is slightly paralyzed on the right side of her body. She was last seen wearing a black dress with tights. Her family believes she may have met someone online and may be trying to go to Chicago. Anyone with information is asked to contact their local police department.

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Central's Rayanne Wright a State Champion,

     Kankakee's relay team also top in State

CHARLESTON — Central High School’s Rayanne Wright will remember her 2013 trip to O’Brien Field in Charleston, IL.

The Standout Central Comet senior brings home a 1st Place state trophy from Eastern Illinois University. Rayanne Wright captured the ultimate prize Saturday to cap her high school career.

Wright defended her title in the Class 1A 400-meter dash at the IHSA girls track and field state finals at EIU’s O'Brien Stadium. She’s a back-to-back state champion.

 Wright's winning time of 56.60 seconds was her best of the season and the fastest local 400 time this year. It also bested her championship time of 56.94 from last year.

"I'm just ecstatic right now. It's a great way to end my high school career," Wright said. "I was a little nervous going into the race. I was seeded second, and Sullivan High School’s Amanda McClain is a great runner. I prepared as much as I could and put my faith in my strength, my training throughout the year and my experience.”

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Pembroke car-jacking, one man shot

An overnight shooting in Pembroke Township is under investigation.  Police report it was an apparent car-jacking that led to shots being fired. 

Tommy Lindsey was identified as the victim, shot in the chest.  The shooting happened  at the Citgo Service Station.  Investigators are looking for the alleged gunmen.

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New Grocery Stores targeted for Aroma Park, Herscher

 Some business excitement for the communities of Aroma Park and Herscher.  The two Kankakee County towns are gearing up for the opening of new grocery stores.

Berkot’s Super Foods is making an appearance in Aroma Park.  The 23-year-old grocery chain with 13 locations plans to open the former Cliff’s Market building. Plans are to double the size of the facility. 

Berkot’s has area locations in Manteno, Momence and Dwight.  That’s in addition to its stores at Wilmington and Mokena.

Aroma Park Mayor Linda Fowler made the business announcement this week.

The community of Herscher is excited about owning its own grocery store.  Mayor Ray Schneider announced this week that September 1st is a target date to open the former Herscher grocery on W. Kankakee Street.  It’ll be in the old Mario’s Market. 

A 10-member steering committee is behind the effort to open a “community-owned” grocery.  The mayor said shares are being sold to raise money for equipment, stock and management of a 6,100 square-foot store.

The mayor said the community-owned approach is because most chains or independently-owned grocers have little interest in smaller towns like Herscher. 

It’s hoped a grocery store will attract people who want to live in Herscher.

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