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Watseka Christmas Parade welcomes Santa Claus

Santa Claus arrives in Watseka this (Friday) evening. The annual Lighted Christmas Parade steps off at 7 pm. The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce will provide post-parade winners with several entries being judged.

Carla Waters will ride in the parade as Grand Marshall. She's managing editor of the Times-Republic and an active supporter of the chamber.

WGFA's Don Elliott will be on-site announcing the parade as the floats and other entries make their way along the parade route.

The Chamber of Commerce urges local shoppers to support the local business community.

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24th Annual Toy Drive Continues Through December 7

KANKAKEE, IL – With the 24th Annual Toy Drive underway, state Representative Kate Cloonen, former state Representative Lisa Dugan, the Salvation Army, and Toys for Tots are reminding residents that the toy drive continues through Saturday, December 7.

People interested in donating to the toy drive are encouraged to drop off their new, unwrapped gifts or gift certificates before December 7 at Rep. Cloonen's district office located in downtown Kankakee at 1 Dearborn Square, Suite 419 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Several area businesses have displays, letting the public know they're designated drop-off locations.

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Cloonen Reminds Residents to Support Small Businesses with Their Holiday Shopping

KANKAKEE, IL – To make sure that local dollars spent on holiday goods are supporting local jobs and small businesses, state Representative Kate Cloonen is joining the Small Business Saturday efforts and reminding residents to support the local economy by purchasing their groceries and presents from small businesses and neighborhood retailers this holiday season.

"Residents can help our community thrive economically by getting their holiday groceries and presents from small businesses or local retailers." Cloonen said. "By patronizing hometown stores, we can help sustain jobs and put our dollars to work for us. I encourage people to do their holiday weekend shopping in Grundy, Kankakee and Will counties."

Small Business Saturday is recognized annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving as a way of helping local merchants compete with big box retailers and online retailers during the busy holiday shopping season. For more information about the nationwide Small Business Saturday effort, please visit www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba_initiatives/small_business_saturday_2013.

Cloonen co-sponsored House Bill 1272, which helps promote Illinois-based retailers by designating the first Saturday of every month as Buy Illinois Products Day. The bill had bipartisan support in the House and Senate, and is now law. {article submitted}

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“ Not guilty plea” from man accused in crash that killed police officer, dog

The South Carolina man charged in an October 30th crash that killed a Pontiac police officer and his canine partner has entered a "not guilty" plea.

33-year-old Jason Collins entered the plea in Livingston County Circuit Court.

Collins faces two felonies. He's charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. Police said Collins was driving a pickup truck on Interstate 55 when it struck the marked police car, killing Officer Casey Kohlmeier and his dog, Draco (Dray-co).

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Quality Supermarket in Watseka closes today

Jim and Cathi Van Natta lock the door of Quality Supermarket for the final time this afternoon.

The popular store on Oak Street in Watseka leaves the Watseka business community after 96 years. The Van Natta name has been associated with the grocery business dating back to 1917. That's when Jim's grandparents, Harold and Mabel, first started.

The business has been sold to Berkot's Super Foods. Berkots is making a return to Watseka next month at its former location in the Eastside Plaza, joining the Big R store and Subway. 

Jim Van Natta, his wife, Cathi, and his mother, Marie extend a thank you to the entire community and county for support over the years.

Quality closes at 5 pm.

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