The cause of a house fire at Boswell Wednesday is under investigation. The blaze gutted the house at 4316 S. 400 West Road.
High winds were the immediate concern for firemen at the scene as the initial response was to keep the flames in check. Boswell Fire Assistant Chief Randy Traylor said crews on scene don't know what caused the fire.
Kankakee – The Salvation Army in Kankakee received a Gold Coin in one of its Kettles on the first day of the Bell ringing Campaign. "We are very grateful for the generosity of the people in Kankakee County", stated Major Michele Heaver. "This donation will go a long way in providing for the many needs of our residents."
The gold coin was discovered in the kettle at Circle K Corner of River and Indiana Avenue.
Iroquois County Museum Open Veterans' Day for Tree Decorating
Time to decorate trees for Christmas Tree Lane, other OCM events The Christmas trees are going up at the Old Courthouse Museum and it's time for individuals, families, groups, organizations, classrooms and such to decorate a tree for the 47th anniversary of Christmas Tree Lane.
This year's theme is "Winter Wonderland," and the staff at the museum is inviting everyone to put an extra special "touch" to the decorating of the grand and beautiful old museum. Groups can include businesses, 4H clubs, Girl or Boy Scouts, nursing facilities – anyone and everyone can participate! With everyone becoming busier and busier as the holidays approach, the museum staff feels decorating a tree is a great time to unwind and relax.
The museum will be open 10 to 4 p.m. this Wednesday, Nov. 11 – Veterans' Day – for who would like to decorate a tree but can't come in during regular hours. An artificial tree is provided – all you need to do is bring your decorations and lights. It is noted, however, trees need to be decorated by Tuesday, Dec. 1 for the open house scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5.
The fuel industry experts believe the low gas prices may be here to stay through the winter.
Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com, said Monday he expects prices to drop below $2 a gallon for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
"I think that it will stay that way until about Valentine's Day and then you start getting into warmer weather and preparing for the summer driving season. But, really, I think there will be mostly good news until then," DeHann said.
Some temporary spikes are likely to occur, DeHaan said, but as long as there are no unforeseen circumstances, he believes drivers in Central Illinois will see fairly stable gas prices.
Gas prices remain relatively inexpensive compared to recent years due to the low cost of crude oil, say officials with AAA in Chicago.
Rankin man likely facing criminal charges for shootings
Once he recovers from self-inflicted gunshot wounds, a Rankin man is likely facing charges for shooting two other men last week in a domestic dispute.
The Vermilion County state's attorney is reviewing the case against 45-year-old Vernon Lee Scott. State's Attorney Randy Brinegar says it's a matter of when the charges are filed. Lee is expected to recover. He shot himself when deputies went to arrest him last Thursday at the Rankin residence where Lee fled to after shooting his father-in-law and his estranged-wife's boyfriend.
Donald Frazier was shot. So was Jeff Turner.
The Vermilion County sheriff's department was still investigation the incident, which began Thursday morning at Don and Sharon Frazier's residence, south of Rankin. Lee is married to but separated from Emily Lee, the stepdaughter of Don Frazier. There was an order of protection against Lee prior to the recent episode.