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'Fall-like' temps following up on warmest September in 20 years

Today may bring a third straight day of 80-degree readings, but it’s coming to an end. The rest of the week is likely to be much more like fall – temps only reaching the mid 60’s. The NWS is yet to distribute final numbers, but it’s expected to show September was the warmest in 20 years.

Illinois State Climatologist Trent Ford tells the News-Gazette up until this past weekend, September was dry, less than 2 inches of rain. The average high recorded by the Illinois State Water Survey in September was 83.3, also more than 5 degrees above normal. Ford said “We almost doubled the monthly rainfall over the weekend.

Indeed, much of Champaign, Vermilion, Ford and Iroquois counties were either considered abnormally dry or in moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. But that was last updated Thursday, and Ford expects the weekend rain to change the drought situation in this week’s report.

“We did receive quite a bit of precipitation in northern Champaign County, Ford County,” he said. “It looks like over the last week, this area, northern Champaign County, got between 1.5 and 2.5 inches of rain. As you move north, Ford and Livingston counties got about 4 inches.”

The weekend storms were caused by a large high-pressure system in the southeastern U.S., Frame and National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Baker said.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women encouraged to get their mammograms

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And medical professionals can’t say enough about the importance of taking advantage of what’s offered to prevent breast cancer. Women are encouraged to get their mammograms.
For many women, their breast cancer is first discovered after a mammogram and doctors say those women are the lucky ones.

“Once you start feeling something, you're a little later in the game,” says radiologist Dr. Luke Gerges in West Lafayette.

Whether a cancer mass is found on accident or through a routine breast examination, Dr. Gerges said this kind of discovery can be avoided. He said “Screening mammograms, it's designed to catch the earliest form of breast cancer well before you would ever feel it on your breast or it causing any symptoms. ” Dr. Gerges reports one in eight women will get breast cancer. He recommends women with an average risk for breast cancer get a mammogram every year starting at age 40. Average risk means no family history of breast cancer or genetic abnormalities.

More info is always available from your health professionals.

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S-A Rowe will seek re-election

Kankakee County States Attorney Jim Rowe plans to seek another 4-year term. Rowe is expected to announce his intent to run again for a second term in office at a rally next Tuesday. The official announcement is scheduled at 5:30 pm on the north lawn of the Kankakee County Courthouse. The public is welcome.

Rowe is talking about continuing his fight for justice, standing up for victims. He’s planning to address reforms in the legal process that his office has already made progress on.

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Route 1 reopens after crash in Kankakee County

Illinois State Police report both lanes of Illinois Route 1 near Grant Park are flowing again after a late-night crash between two semis closed both lanes for about eight hours. Both drivers were injured, one seriously. The drivers were from Streamwood (IL) and Vincennes, IN.

Police reported one of the drivers was waiting to make a left turn onto Kankakee Road 12000 N when the trailer was hit from behind by the other semi. One of the freightliners flipped onto its side, blocking both lanes of travel. One of the drivers was airlifted to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn. The second driver was treated for minor injuries at Amita St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee. The crash happened about 11 pm.

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Watseka ready for 2019 Harvest Daze at Old Courthouse

The Iroquois County Historical Society (ICHS) is prepping for the 40th annual Harvest Daze event in Watseka. The popular fundraiser benefits the Old Courthouse Museum. Volunteers are always welcome and all the vendors, menus, entertainment and special activities are being lined up for this year's event October 4-6.

This is its largest fundraiser of the year. It offers just about something for everyone of all age groups.The event takes place on the grounds of the Old Courthouse Museum, 103 W. Cherry Street in Watseka. Proceeds will help the ICHS with its upkeep, maintenance, repair and improvement of the century-old building. Opening ceremonies are set for 9 am Saturday. Activities and other events continue thru Sunday on the grounds.

Harvest Daze will kick off with its Woodworth-style fish fry from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

An opening ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, with the presentation of colors by the American Legion and VFW, along with the singing of the national anthem.

The community shows support for the annual Harvest Daze and publicity material ia available throughout the county.

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