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Santa Claus arrives via Watseka Christmas Parade

A Vintage Christmas was the theme for the 2015 Christmas Parade in Watseka Friday evening.  Despite the rainy weather, the annual Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored parade attracted a friendly crowd along the route.  

The parade entry winners:

Best Children's Unit = Girl Scout Troop # 2075

Best Walking Unit = Diamond in the Rough

Best Use of Theme/Float
"VINTAGE CHRISTMAS"= Watseka Park District

Best Use of Lights = Slow Boys Tractor Club

Best Decorated Emergency Vehicle =  Watseka Fire Dept.

Miss Snowflake winner, Mylee Valentine and Mister Snowflake, Landon Shaw, welcomed Santa Claus during the parade route.  Mylee is the 6-year-old daughter of Mike & Marcy Valentine. Landon is the 7-year-old son of Cora Senesac. 

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Truck crash kills Urbana man in Iroquois County

A 26-year-old Urbana man, delivery mail, died in a single-vehicle crash Friday morning in Iroquois County. Blake Fitton died at Iroquois Memorial Hospital.

Milford Fire & Ambulance was alerted after a passerby discovered the crash at 4:30 am, along County road 1000 N – west of Milford. Sheriff's Police were investigating.

Coroner Bill Cheatum said a power outage had affected the area about an hour earlier. Emergency personnel reported the truck hit a power pole at 1700 E Road.

The victim was eastbound on 1000 N delivering mail in a government box truck from the Urbana Distribution Center when he apparently lost control. It was raining at the time of the accident.

An autopsy is scheduled.

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KCC cuts due to state budget impasse

Kankakee Community College president Dr. John Avendano says "it's tragic what's happening across the state right now."

Illinois' budget problem has forced Kankakee Community College to cut some programs, downgrade staff and leave vacant positions unfilled.

The community college was set to receive $7 million from the state this fiscal year but hasn't received a penny because of the budget standoff. That's the case for all public colleges and universities in Illinois.

Avendano said "It's impacting people's lives and economic welfare. Even if a budget is passed, we are not expecting to receive any money during this fiscal year."

The changes will go into effect in January.

The KCC Adult Education program, Child Development program and Athletics will be impacted. So will the Commercial Driver's License Training and the Massage Therapy program.

The ALIVE Literacy and Baby Talk programs will be on hold until state funding becomes available.

The college also will reduce its adult education and athletic programs. Adult education classes will only be offered at the North Extension Center in Bradley and Riverfront Campus in Kankakee. The number of classes will be reduced as well.

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Watseka search for new Police Chief, Lebeck to retire

Watseka Police Chief Roger Lebeck is announcing his pending retirement, effective January 11th. Lebeck has served the city police department as chief for the last 11 years. He'll end 27 years in law enforcement.

Mayor Bob Harwood says an interim chief will likely be named as the search for a new leader will get underway.

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Mediacom internet service interrupted Tuesday

Iroquois County residents in the Watseka, Woodland areas should have their internet service back up and running after a fiber optic cable was cut Tuesday, taking out service.

The service was interrupted about 1:30 yesterday afternoon when a line was severed in Indiana. Several Indiana towns, extending over toward Crown Point, were also without internet service.

A Mediacom representative said the service was to be repaired and back online by late last night.

Several citizens, businesses and school districts reported they were without service during the afternoon and evening hours.

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