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Rep. Harms, Sen. Barickman and Mayor Harwood Host Successful Recycling Event

Watseka...On Saturday, April 26, Senator Jason Barickman, Representative Josh Harms, and Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood, hosted a very successful recycling event that resulted in a turnout of over 1,500 cars dropping off recyclables. The event, which officially began at 9:00AM, was a success from the very start, as environmentally dedicated participants lined the street an hour in advance.

Rep. Harms said, "I am so grateful to all the wonderful people that made this event happen for our community. When you think about all the volunteers, and all the local participants, it is no wonder we collected over three truckloads of items to be recycled."

Such a large turnout resulted in the need for two extra semi-trailer trucks to be called to haul all the items away in addition to the Local Boy Scouts collecting 3,475 pounds of paper and magazines and the Sheriff's Department collecting several bags of unused medicine.

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Stabbing death at Burch's Mobile Home Park; suspect arrested

A Bourbonnais man is dead following a reported domestic incident at a Bourbonnais mobile home park. 36-year-old David Kennett Jr. suffered several stab wounds. He was killed in a stabbing attack at Burch's Mobile Home Community in Bourbonnais Township Sunday evening.

Police say a suspect is in custody. 20-year-old Cody Stilwel is currently being held at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. He's charged with first-degree murder.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said Kennett was pronounced dead a little before 11 pm. An autopsy is scheduled for today. Kankakee County Sheriff's Police investigated.

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Manteno man dies in auto crash

A 28-year-old Manteno man died when his car crashed into a brick porch. It happened Friday night at Kankakee County Roads 7829 N and 2000 E.

David Schultz Jr. was identified as the driver. Police report the vehicle left the road, the driver then over-corrected and ran into the porch.

A passenger in the vehicle was also injured.

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Bennett re-elected chairman of Ford County Republican Central Committee

Gibson City resident Tom Bennett will continue to lead the Republican party in Ford County. Bennett was re-elected chairman of the Ford County Republican Central Committee during the annual County Convention April 16th.

"We are very pleased to have precinct committeemen and women in 20 of 22 precincts in Ford County," Bennett said.

Bennett said the Ford County Republican party has "worked hard these last two years" to bridge the gap between voters and elected officials, "as we have held a forum for all four Republican governor candidates, sponsored a Meet the Candidates event for Republicans running for Ford County sheriff and judge, and provided several opportunities for voters to meet several Republican candidates throughout the year.

Other officers elected include Vice-Chair Tim Nuss of rural Roberts, Denis Fisher of Gibson City as secretary, Rob Pacey of Paxton as treasurer. Steve Pacey of Paxton, Jon Clark of rural Sibley and Phil Peterson of rural Gibson City serve as district chairs.

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IEMA Encourages Participation in ‘America’s PrepareAthon!’ on April 30

                        First National Day of Action Expected to Draw Millions of Participants

SPRINGFIELD – On April 30, millions of people are expected to take part in the first-ever America's PrepareAthon!, a national day for preparedness actions sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies throughout the state are encouraging individuals, families, businesses, schools, community organizations and others to be part of the event by participating in a preparedness activity related to tornadoes or floods.

For its part, IEMA will conduct a tornado drill for 120 employees in its largest workplace in Springfield. The five-story building houses more than half of the agency's employees and was damaged when tornadoes struck Springfield on March 12, 2006. IEMA will conduct tornado drills at its other facilities at later dates to ensure employee preparedness.

"Tornadoes and floods are two hazards we know well in Illinois," said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. "But just recognizing these hazards isn't enough. It's even more important to take action to prepare for those hazards. The national day of action on April 30 provides an excellent opportunity for people, businesses, schools and others to practice their plans."

America's PrepareAthon! is a new nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises conducted twice a year.