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KCC Satellite Center Open House in Watseka

Kankakee Community College welcomes the public today (Wed) to its grand opening of the new KCC South Extension Center in Watseka.

The facility is alongside the Riverside Medical Center at 1488 E. Walnut Street (the former K-Mart building).

The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ribbon-cutting event at 4:45 this afternoon. The center will be open for tours and visitors to see what kind of classroom opportunities are available.

KCC board members and staff will be available.

Mary Decker is local coordinator. She tells WGFA News this new South Extension Center in Watseka is a "one-stop shop concept"

94.1 FM, WGFA

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Fire clean-up continues in Hoopeston

HOOPESTON -- People are still cleaning up from last week's fire. J & R's Tire Recycling plant went up in flames after a spark ignited dust on a conveyor belt.

The whole business was destroyed and nearby homes were covered in soot and debris. J & R's hired an insurance company to help cover clean up costs

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Watseka Council – Watseka Ford fail to agree on dealership pact

It's back to the drawing board for a dealership agreement between Watseka Ford and the Watseka City Council.

And the failed agreement leaves a mutual disappointment between the two sides.

At issue is the cost of a utilities infrastructure project that'll allow the Bell Holdings Group to develop a new auto dealership on Watseka'a east edge. An earlier agreement called for a sanitary sewer and storm water project for road construction on a10-acre site east of the Watseka Wal-Mart, on Route 24.

A 3-2 vote (Tuesday) by the city council was against the infrastructure project. Some council-members say they're not against the project, but instead against the cost.

The city has been working with Bell Holdings in arranging a sales tax agreement and a revolving loan fund to create a new Ford dealership. The proposal includes a 10-acre split of the property, for the dealership plus other business developments.

Proponents say it means city growth, jobs, and sales tax revenues.

94.1 FM, WGFA

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Stormy weather brings high winds, power outages

No injuries or severe damage has been reported, but straight line winds knocked down tree limbs and power lines during a storm system that blew through Central Illinois Monday evening.

The storm activity continued into west-central parts of Indiana too. Flash flooding was reported.

The storms produced watches and warnings for most of the area around 5:30 p.m. lasting until around 9 pm. According to the National Weather Service, damage was scattered both north and south of Bloomington-Normal. Weather spotters reported high winds and some hail, in some spots.

Winds measured at 62 miles per hour were reported at the National Weather Service office just east of Lincoln. The Chicago area had wind gusts at 70 mph.

In Bloomington, winds gusted at 53 miles per hour at the Central Illinois Regional Airport.

A handful of counties had scattered power outages as well.

94.1 FM, WGFA

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Lightning safety critical with storm activity

"Frequent" lightning is possible with a round of thunderstorms due tonight, and the American Red Cross is reminding us about lightning safety.

Most of Central Illinois is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 7 p.m. Those storms could produce wind, hail, "torrential" rainfall and cloud-to-ground lightning, the National Weather Service said.

Localized flash flooding is possible, added the McLean County Emergency Management Agency.

Lightning from storms last Friday are believed to be the cause of unrelated fires at a senior center and garage in Lincoln, and a barn in McLean.

Lightning strikes kill more people each year than do tornadoes, according to the Red Cross. If someone is struck by lightning, call 911, give first aid until help arrives and check for burns. Lightning strikes also can break bones or cause a loss of hearing or eyesight.

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