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Wellington fires under investigation

Two rural fires Friday evening near Wellington may not have been connected but the state fire marshall is investigating.  A brush fire at 2775 E and 1600N alerted volunteers about 5 pm.  Then, at about 9:30 pm, a camper was found engulfed approximately 100 yards away.  No injuries were reported.

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Rep. Parkhurst Works to Reopen Kankakee State Park Campgrounds

State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst is actively working toward solutions to see the campgrounds at Kankakee River State Park reopen following the budget impasse.

“Kankakee River State Park is a staple and an asset to our district. The campgrounds attract people from miles around and are a beautiful and popular destination for camping, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, and enjoying nature,” Rep. Parkhurst said.

Kankakee River State Park has two campgrounds Chippewa and Potawatomi—both are currently closed.

“I listened to and heard the people around the 79th tell me how important the state park is to them and their family traditions. I am working with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to determine what is needed to see the state park campgrounds reopen as soon as possible,” Rep. Parkhurst continued.

The Chippewa campground required a water pump replacement and is expected to reopen this spring. The Potawatomi campground has a Capital Development Board (CDB) project which requires completion prior to reopening. IDNR indicated the project may take a number of years. The FY 2018 budget did not appropriate funds for project, but Rep. Parkhurst will request the necessary funds be appropriated for the FY 2019 budget.

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THE STATE POLICE IS GEARING UP FOR HOLIDAY LIFESAVERS WEEKEND

TROOPERS WILL CONDUCT SATURATION PATROLS, ROADSIDE SAFETY CHECKS AND MORE TO HELP KEEP PEOPLE SAFE THIS WEEKEND SAYS MASTER SERGEANT MIKE LINK.

"We'll look for the distracted drivers...those drinking and driving, not buckeled up. They're the one's who usually
cause accidents." Link said.

LINK SAYS YOU ARE 23 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO GET IN A CRASH WHEN TEXTING AND DRIVING, AND REMINDS THAT THE AVERAGE D-U-I ARREST COSTS 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN FINES AND LEGAL FEES.

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Flessner to serve as Ford County Coroner

The Ford County Board (Monday night) appointed Rick Flessner to serve as the next Ford County Coroner.

Flessner is from Roberts. He’ll replace Doug Wallace, who has served as coroner the last 17 years. Wallace is stepping aside January 3rd and relocating.

Flessner has served as chief deputy coroner since 2012 and as a deputy coroner since 2008. Flessner’s appointment runs thru November 30, 2018.

Flessner has served as Village President of Roberts since 2000. He’s a veteran member of the Roberts volunteer fire department and past supervisor with the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Watseka Police arrest trucker for DUI

A traffic stop on Walnut Street in Watseka Tuesday has an Indiana truck driver facing charges of driving under the influence of drugs. 38-year-old Christopher Garriott of Pine Village, IN was stopped after police received reports of a reckless driver. Garriott was also cited for having no Commercial Driver's License endorsement.

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