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New Grocery Stores targeted for Aroma Park, Herscher

 Some business excitement for the communities of Aroma Park and Herscher.  The two Kankakee County towns are gearing up for the opening of new grocery stores.

Berkot’s Super Foods is making an appearance in Aroma Park.  The 23-year-old grocery chain with 13 locations plans to open the former Cliff’s Market building. Plans are to double the size of the facility. 

Berkot’s has area locations in Manteno, Momence and Dwight.  That’s in addition to its stores at Wilmington and Mokena.

Aroma Park Mayor Linda Fowler made the business announcement this week.

The community of Herscher is excited about owning its own grocery store.  Mayor Ray Schneider announced this week that September 1st is a target date to open the former Herscher grocery on W. Kankakee Street.  It’ll be in the old Mario’s Market. 

A 10-member steering committee is behind the effort to open a “community-owned” grocery.  The mayor said shares are being sold to raise money for equipment, stock and management of a 6,100 square-foot store.

The mayor said the community-owned approach is because most chains or independently-owned grocers have little interest in smaller towns like Herscher. 

It’s hoped a grocery store will attract people who want to live in Herscher.

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Update: DUI Crash Injures Three in Kankakee County

-      Injured athlete unable to compete at State -

An Ashkum man faces a drunken driving charge after a two-vehicle crash on I-57 in Kankakee County.

Wednesday’s accident injured a coach and a student-athlete.  The 17-year-old student was to compete in the State Track & Field Finals at EIU in Charleston, but her injuries would not allow it.

31-year-old Rodney Hatch was arrested by Illinois State Police.  The crash happened Wednesday when Hatch’s southbound car hit the rear of a car driven by 30-year-old Zachary Kirkland of Kankakee. The collision caused Kirkland’s car to spin out of control and roll several times. 

Kirkland and his passenger, a 17-year-old female athlete from St. Anne High School, were treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital.

 Mia Smith is a senior high-jumper at St. Anne.  She was to compete in the State Finals today (Thurs) at Eastern Illinois University.  But her injuries did not allow that to happen.  Zach Kirkland is one of her coaches.

Otto Township Fire, Kankakee Township Fire, and Riverside EMS assisted at the scene just before 8:30 pm Wednesday.

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DUI Crash Injures Three in Kankakee County

An Ashkum man faces a drunken driving charge after a two-vehicle crash on I-57 in Kankakee County.

31-year-old Rodney Hatch was arrested by Illinois State Police.  The crash happened Wednesday when Hatch’s southbound car hit the rear of a car driven by 30-year-old Zachary Kirkland of Kankakee. The collision caused Kirkland’s car to spin out of control and roll several times. 

Kirkland and his passenger, a 17-year-old from St. Anne, were treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital.

Otto Township Fire, Kankakee Township Fire, and Riverside EMS assisted at the scene just before 8:30 pm Wednesday.

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Police Memorial Service Thursday in Vermilion County


 

Danville Police and the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department are participating in the ceremony beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the brief service.  The program  includes the presentation of colors, reading of fallen officers’ names, a wreath-laying ceremony, rifle salute and ‘Taps’.

National Police Week recognizes the service and sacrifice of officers.  Established by Congress in 1962, the week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

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DACC Graduation Friday at Mary Miller Gymnasium

Danville Area Community College is pleased to confer degrees and certificates during Commencement exercises on Friday, (May 17th) at the Mary Miller Gymnasium.
 
Nearly 200 graduates will participate in this year’s ceremony, while nearly 450 degrees and certificates will be conferred overall. For the fourth year, the ceremony will include graduates from both the Level I and Level II nursing programs. The nursing graduates will receive a Nursing Pin in addition to their certificates and diplomas.
 
Former State Representative William B. “Bill” Black, Ward 7 Alderman for the City of Danville, will deliver the Commencement address. Black is a Danville native with a long and distinguished career in public service including serving as Chairman of the Vermilion County Board. In 1986 he was appointed to fill a vacancy in the Illinois General Assembly left when Harry "Babe" Woodyard assumed a senate seat. Black was later elected to represent the 105th House District, a position he held for nearly 24 years. He retired from the State House in 2011 and was elected to represent Danville Ward 7 as a City Alderman later that year.
 
Bill Black is a DACC alumnus and former instructor and administrator at the College. Last year, a $5.2 million addition to the Mary Miller Complex was named for him in recognition of his many contributions to the College. The William B. Black Health Professions Center houses programs in nursing, radiologic technology, sonography, and echocardiography.
 
Black and his wife Sharon have two grown children and six grandchildren. Both Mrs. Black and their daughter are DACC alumni, as well.

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