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Fire destroys Benton County home

OXFORD, Ind. -    A house and garage were destroyed by fire early today (Fri) in Benton County, Indiana.  No injury was reported in Oxford.  The fire broke out around 12:45 am in the 400-block of E. Benton Street.

Firefighters reported 18 five people were living in the home. A woman inside woke up to the smoke and fire in a back bedroom. She quickly woke up her parents and grabbed her two children. All five made it out safely.

Firefighters from Oxford, Fowler and Boswell all responded to the scene.

A pickup truck and aerosol cans only helped fuel the fire. The fire forced a main part of town to be shut down to traffic. Firefighters fought the second floor fire from the roof of the porch, using a chainsaw at times. The heat only created more problems but firefighters were able to eventually get the upper hand.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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Staying cool and safe with hot ideas From Ameren Illinois

With the prospect of more hot weather for the next several days, Ameren Illinois is advising customers on how to stay safe and cool while better managing their electricity usage.

Typically, residential customers use more electricity during the summer months than the rest of the year. Most of this additional electricity is used to operate air conditioners.

“We work to maintain the reliability of our energy delivery system to meet the higher demand for energy that comes with hot weather,” said Ameren Illinois President and CEO Richard Mark. “We also want our customers stay safe and cool while taking the steps necessary to better control their electricity usage.”

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Sugar Creek Symphony & Song Celebrates 10th Anniversary >

The classics of the opera in Iroquois County is being celebrated this year.

 Sugar Creek Symphony & Song, featuring Watseka native Helen Todd, is now 10-years-old. And the talents of Puchini will find the talented-performers this year performing Madama Butterfly, Sister Angelica and Johnny Skeekee.

SCSS President Bernie Markley has ticket info for the August 3, 4 & 5th dates.  815-432-3830.


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Temperatures set to top 100 in Illinois this week

CHICAGO (AP) -- Temperatures in Illinois are forecast to top 100 degrees by Thursday, and authorities are urging the public to be cautious.

The rest of the week is expected to bring temperatures in the lower and mid-90s.

Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications is urging city residents and visitors take steps to avoid heat-related illnesses, like staying hydrated and wearing light cotton clothing.

The city will open public cooling centers, including at all 79 Chicago Public Library locations. All but one of the city's public parks, pools and beaches are open.

Emergency officials are also asking people to be good neighbors and check on the elderly and disabled.

Officials in Champaign have canceled some summer school classes on Thursday and Friday in anticipation of soaring temperatures.


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Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford Detailing Economic Development Trip to South Korea

— Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is on a six-day, non-taxpayer funded economic development trip to South Korea. “On behalf of Illinois businesses, I look forward to strengthening existing relationships and building new ones with companies in South Korea,” said Rutherford.

In addition to meetings with several governmental and business leaders, Rutherford’s trip includes visits with Illinois troops stationed in South Korea, a visit to the Korean Demilitarized Zone along the 38th parallel, a gathering in Seoul with alumni from various Illinois universities, events with Chicago’s sister city, Busan, and meetings regarding Smart Grid technology with the Korean Smart Grid Institute.

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