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9-1-1 Remembrance Day Sunday in Martinton

The Martinton Fire Station is hosting the 2016 9-1-1 Remembrance Day in Iroquois County Sunday.  The 4 pm event is sponsored by the Iroquois County Republican Women's Club.  The  5th annual event welcomes the public.

The event honors military, local dispatchers, EMS, Police, Fire and Coroner's office.  Sheriff Derek Hagen is the guest speaker this year.

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Nichols Paint & Fab settles into new location

It's like the new site had his name on it, waiting to happen.  And the new digs for Nichols Paint & Fab in Watseka is "just perfect.

Justin Nichols is all smiles, but very tied and sore having moved a lot of equipment from his former place of business on Walnut Stree to the NEW location at 110 S. 2nd Street, Watseka.  A spacious aluminum shed is 8500 square feet, compared to the 2,000 square feet he had to work in the last four years on Walnut Street. 

And he owns now, not renting.

"Yah, this is very nice, just perfect...sure nice to not throw money away renting," Nichols tells 94.1 WGFA News.  "There's so much space to spread out the equipment and tools; the work space is so nice."

Nichols Paint & Fab has earned a following, including top-notch prizes in competition restoring cars, trucks and motorcycles.  The business has flourished, growing from a hobby to a job.

"I can't complain doing what I love to do," Justin says.  His 3-person business may have to consider adding personnel.  His award-winning prizes from competition in several states is drawing more interest and jobs.  "The internet really helps and the competition gets the name around to people are reaching out to us," Nichols adds.

The restoration business hosted the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Wednesday.

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Fatal crash in Kankakee County kills Mokena woman

A 77-year-old Will County woman suffered fatal injuries in a 2-vehicle crash Wednesday morning in Kankakee County.

The victim is Gwendolyn Davis of Mokena. She died of her injuries at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital.

State Police reported the collision on Route 17 at 7050 E at 5:46 am.

Davis was eastbound in the westbound lanes on Route 17. Her car was hit by a westbound pickup. That driver, Lloyd Marshall of St. Anne, was treated for minor injuries.

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‘Not guilty’ pleas entered in triple murder case in Newton County

Two men accused of stabbing and killing three people last week in Newton County, IN were in Superior Court Wednesday. Both men pleaded not guilty before Judge Dan Molter.

24-year-old Sebastian Wedding of Lake County, Indiana, and 24-year-old Derrick Cardosi of Sumava Resorts are each charged with three counts of murder, auto theft and theft.

The charges are connected to the deaths of 39-year-old Kimberly Spears, 23-year-old Richard Thomas, and 20-year-old Justin Babbs.

Both Wedding and Cardosi are being held in the Newton County Jail without bond.

The state requested a protection order for the body of Kimberly Spears. Prosecutors say there is reason to believe a bite mark on the left arm of one of the defendant’s could be useful evidence if a doctor could take an impression of Spears’ mouth. That protective order was granted and prosecution plans to wait until after the showing to examine Spears’ remains.

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Governors State to close business centers

Governors State University has announced it is closing its Illinois Small Business Development Center and its Illinois SBDC International Trade Center due to the state's budget crisis.

In a statement Tuesday, University President Elaine P. Maimon noted a 70 percent cut in state appropriations for fiscal year 2016 and only a six-month, stopgap budget for fiscal year 2017. She says as a result, Governor State must move funds used to match federal and state dollars to departments that will maintain student services.

Maimon called the decision to close the programs a difficult one, adding the development center had been a "definitive resource" for business owners and entrepreneurs in Chicago's southern suburbs.

University officials say the centers have helped more than 6,000 clients create 4,650 new jobs since 2001.

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