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Mayor Harwood votes give payraises to Police Chief and Public Works Director

Deadlocked votes by city aldermen in Watseka last night forced Mayor Bob Harwood to break the ties. And his Yes votes gave two-percent pay hikes to Police Chief Roger Lebeck and Public Works Director Marvin DeLahr

Proposed pay increases were on the table for the two officials.  Aldermen Chuck Garfield, Mike Warren and L.D. Smith voted against the increases, while aldermen Bill Nutter, Mike Marcier and Marvin Purvis voted in favor.  

The City Council did approve two-percent pay hikes for Administrative Clerk Kathy Kosik, Code Enforcement officer Stan Molter and city employee Sonny Brammer.

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Emergency Help for Oklahoma Tornado Victims

Iroquois County organizations are rallying the troops to help the tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.

The Trinity Lutheran Church at Cissna Park and the Martinton Fire Auxiliary are collecting items that’ll be trucked to Oklahoma.  Non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, bottled water, and other household items are being collected.

 The food items and cleaning supplies can be brought to the Martinton Fire House today (5/29) from 5 -7 pm.  A truckload of supplies will be driven to Oklahoma this week.

 The Trinity Lutheran Church at Cissna Park will collect helpful supplies thru the end of the second week in June.  A semi-trailer will be delivered to the victims.  Monetary donations will be accepted.

Oklahoma’s Emergency Management Agency reports 2400 homes were damaged or destroyed.  Some 10,000 people were affected, including the 24 confirmed dead. 

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Kankakee Shooting leaves one Man Dead

Investigators in Kankakee are looking for help in their investigation of a shooting death. It happened last night in the 300-block of N. Wildwood Avenue.

The victim was 26-year-old Orlando Wilson.  Police say he was shot outside his home around 10 pm. 

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New Fire Chief named in Bradley

The Village of Bradley has a new Fire Chief. Jim Baird was relieved of his duties Tuesday by Mayor Bruce Adams.  Named to replace Baird is former Deputy-Chief James Travis.

Mayor Adams announced the change but he declined to say why he made the decision.

Baird was named the village’s first full-time fire chief five years ago under then-mayor Gael Kent.

Before that, Baird spent his entire, 38-year career in the south suburban Lansing Fire Department, where he rose to the rank of assistant chief.

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IROQUOIS COUNTY FAIR TALENT CONTEST

Entries for the Iroquois County Fair Talent Contest are now being accepted.  This year marks the 42nd year of the perennial fair favorite! 

Contestants must be residents of Iroquois County or regularly enrolled in a school located in Iroquois County.  All entries that are 14 years of age and under as of July 19, 2013, will be entered in the Junior Division.  All entries that are 15 years to 21 years of age as of July 19, 2013, will be entered in the Senior Division.  Judging of the performance will be based on a total of one hundred (100) points: Costume 10; Audience appeal 10; Stage presence 30; Ability 50.

The Iroquois County Fair Talent Contest will be held on Friday, July 19, 2013.  The Junior Division will begin at 6:30 P.M. in the 4-H Center.  The Senior Division will begin at approximately 8:00 P.M.  Ribbons and prize money will once again be provided by the fair board.  In addition, the fair board will furnish an expense stipend for participation in the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs State Talent Contest in January, 2014, at Springfield.

All entries MUST be mailed and registered by June 15, 2013 to Iroquois County Agricultural & 4-H Club Fair; P.O. Box 301; Crescent City, IL  60928.  Late entries will not be accepted.  Each participant is responsible for making his/her own entry.  Auditions will be held on Monday, June 24th, at the Crescent City Community Center from 3:00-6:30 P.M. All entries must participate in the auditions to qualify for the fair contest.   An electric full keyboard will be available to contestants at the audition and at the fair contest. 

Accompaniment CDs are acceptable; however, cassette tapes are not acceptable at the request of the contracted professional sound company employed by the Iroquois County Fair Association during fair week. Participants will receive further audition details upon receipt of the registration form.

For further information or registration materials, please contact Jody Munsterman, Chairperson at 683-2628; or committee members, Janice Anderson, 486-7003; Pam Hibbert, 694-2965.  NEW THIS YEAR: Information and entry forms are also available for downloading from the Iroquois County Fair website at:  www.iroquoiscofair.com