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Monon, Indiana crash injures Fowler man

A Fowler, IN man was seriously injured overnight in a traffic mishap on U-S 421 in Indiana.

Michael McKinley was air-lifted to an Indianapolis hospital. State Police  was southbound when his SUV crossed into opposing traffic and clipped the back end of a semi. The accident happened at State Road 16 in Monon in White County.

The semi driver,Carlos Calderon, of Chicago, was not injured.

Police said the road was shut down for several hours.

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Aspen Ridge Golf Course victimized by vandals

$3,000 in damages


Kankakee County CrimeStoppers needs help in finding who’s responsible for $3,000 worth of damage at the Aspen Ridge Golf Course in Bradley.

Vandals inflicted the damage between 8 pm Monday and early Tuesday. The vandals destroyed miniature golf obstacles, golf ball washers and benches at the property site at 1763 E and 4000 N Road.

Anyone with information is asked to call Bradley Police Department's investigation unit at 815-936-5129 or Crimestoppers at 815-93-CRIME

Golf carts were damaged. So were trees on the course.

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Roger Dittrich named Watseka’s Citizen-of-the-Year; Alverda Voigt honored for Lifetime Achievement

Love of community and jobs is what Roger Dittrich can hang his hat on. And those two issues earned the retired businessman the Citizen-of-the-Year Award last night at the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet and Awards ceremony.

Alverda Voigt was named the Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Her nomination focused on her interest and involvement in several community projects. Over the years, Mrs. Voigt has been a player in church and neighborhood activities. Along with her husband, Tom, cleaning and maintaining Oak Hill cemetery has been on ongoing project.

Dittrich has spent most of his life with his late dad, Howard, promoting Watseka.

Now retired from the family business, T & D Metal, Dittrich spends a lot of time working on the Iroquois Development Association Board of Directors and overseeing his other business ventures – which have created several jobs in the community.

Dittrich owns the local Chrysler dealership and several NAPA auto parts franchises. He also has ownership with three restaurants, Taco Bell, Steak ‘N Shake, and KFC….all creating several jobs opportunities.

The award was presented at the Chamber’s Annual Banquet at celebrations. The Times-Republic sponsors the Citizen-of the-Year and Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

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Roger Dittrich named Watseka’s Citizen-of-the-Year

Love of community and jobs is what Roger Dittrich can hang his hat on. And those two issues earned the retired businessman the Citizen-of-the-Year Award last night at the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet and Awards ceremony.

Dittrich has spent most of his life with his late dad, Howard, promoting Watseka.

Now retired from the family business, T & D Metal, Dittrich spends a lot of time working on the Iroquois Development Association Board of Directors and overseeing his other business ventures – which have created several jobs in the community.

Dittrich owns the local Chrysler dealership and several NAPA auto parts franchises. He also has ownership with three restaurants, Taco Bell, Steak ‘N Shake, and KFC….all creating several jobs opportunities.

The award was presented at the Chamber’s Annual Banquet at celebrations. The Times-Republic sponsors the Citizen-of the-Year and Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

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Bill Cooke Sr., Iroquois Sexual Assault Services earn Annual Watseka Chamber Awards

For a guy who never intended to stay at Iroquois Memorial Hospital for more than two years, Bill Cooke Sr. has certainly left his mark.

The popular, always smiling, long-time Head of the Physical Therapy Department at IMH has been honored by the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce as its Staff Achievement Award winner.

The ISAS Team at the Iroquois Sexual Assault Services was honored as this year’s Business Leadership Award winner. Kami Garrison and Tammy Barragree lead the charge in the Watseka office, a sister agency the Kankakee County – Center Against Sexual Assault. The non-profit rape crisis center provides support services and counseling for victims of sexual abuse and their families.

The official recognition came at Wednesday evening’s WACC Annual Banquet and Awards event at Celebrations.

Bill joined the IMH Physical Therapy Department in 1971, having stated he never intended to stay here for more than 2 years. Instead, he’s spent the majority of his professional career with the local hospital. He’s popular among the staff, known as “Bill Sr.” since his son, Bill Jr. is also part of the IMH Physical Therapy Department.

Bill Sr. has professional B.A. and a Master;s degrees from the U of I. He earned his Physical Therapy Certificate from Northwestern University. He has a special focus on home health and in-patient care.

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