A weekend fire claimed the life of an 80 year old Braceville man. Raymond Jones was pronounced dead a little past midnight at Presence St Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. The residential fire broke on in the 200 block of South Mitchell in Braceville.
10 years in prison for Rankin man, guilty plea in rolling meth lab case
A Rankin man was sentenced this week to 10 years in state prison for his role in a rolling meth lab discovered during a traffic stop in downtown Paxton.
26-year-old Christopher Searcy was handed the sentence (Tues). Searcy pleaded guilty to four felonies stemming from his March 1 arrest. The charges included unlawful participation in methamphetamine production, unlawful possession of anhydrous ammonia, unlawful possession of methamphetamine.
Ford County Circuit Judge Matt Fitton sentenced Searcy to 10 years for the first two felony counts. The run concurrent to a seven-year prison term he received for the third and fourth counts.
Searcy was the second person to plead guilty in connection with the rolling meth lab. 20-year-old Eugene Forbes III of Rankin pleaded guilty to identical charges as Searcy earlier. He'll be sentenced June 16.
Iroquois Memorial Hospital celebrated National Volunteer Week, with a special reception at Celebrations on Thursday, April 16th. The event included a hospital update by CEO Chuck Bohlmann.
Individuals earning awards were greeted and thanked individually by Chuck Bohlmann, and IMH Board of Trustee members – Roger Dittrich, Board President along with Rhonda Pence and Mel Ward.
"Thank you does not seem sufficient for all the ways in which Volunteers contribute to Iroquois Memorial. From the many services they provide each day to their frequent acts of kindness that lift the spirits of patients, visitors and staff daily. Volunteers influence the organization in a very positive way," said Terri Fanning, IMH Director Volunteers. "The reception was a small token of our heartfelt thanks to our Volunteers." A total of 11,776 hours of volunteer time was documented in calendar year 2014.
Volunteers earn awards for their hours of service.
The Class of 2015 graduates this weekend (May 15th and 16th). Commencement programs are set at Danville Area Community College and at Kankakee Community College.
Nearly 200 graduates are participating in the Commencement Ceremony at DACC. More than 500 degrees and certificates are being awarded overall. The Commencement Ceremony begins at 7 pm this evening (Friday) in the Mary Miller Gymnasium.
Neuhoff Broadcasting Executive Mike Hulvey is the featured speaker.
KCC's 46th annual commencement ceremony is Saturday. Seating may be limited. The doors at the KCC gymnasium will be open just before 9 am. They'll close at 9:55 am to be ready for the service in the George Ryan gymnasium.
The ceremony will include an address from guest-speaker Ray LaHood, a former Peoria Congressman and former Transportation Director in the Obama Administration.