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Two dead in wrong-way collision on I-55

A double-fatal accident early Saturday (8/8) was caused by a driver going southbound in the northbound lanes of I-55. The Will County Coroner's Office reports the victims are 20-year-old Daniel Zamora of Justice, and 25-year-old Ariel Dorado of Plainfield.

Police reports stated that Dorado was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of I-55 in Bolingbrook. He collided with the car driven by Zamora. The accident happened just past 3 am.

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Iroquois, Vermilion County record traffic fatalities

A single-vehicle accident early Sunday killed a young Clifton man in Iroquois County. 22-year-old Cody Lehmkuhl was pronounced dead at the scene in Chebanse Township.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police and Coroner Bill Cheatum are investigating. An autopsy will be completed today (Mon). A passerby reported the accident just before 1 am.

Lehmkuhl was westbound on County Road 3000 N when his vehicle ran into a ditch before hitting a culvert and overturning several times. Lehmkuhl was ejected from the vehicle.

Chebanse Township Fire and Riverside Ambulance answered the call.

In Vermilion County --- it was a motorcycle vs pickup collision that killed a Danville man. 55-year-old Douglas Boggess was pronounced dead about 8:30 pm Saturday on U.S. Route 150.

Coroner Peggy Johnson said the Boggess cycle was hit from behind by the pickup truck driven by 24-year-old Cody Roberts of Homer. The accident occurred near the Vermilion County fairgrounds.

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Ag Director Nelson visits Watseka Farm Show

State Agriculture Director Phil Nelson says despite the 'doom and gloom' many area farmers are singing about these days due to the flooded farm fields this year, there's still a lot to be proud of.

Nelson told a Watseka audience Saturday 'people don't always realize what the farmers produce; there's so much the economy benefits from when farmers produce.' That's the story –he said—that has to be told.

Nelson said "people forget where food and so many other products come from."

The Ag Director was in rural Watseka just a couple weeks ago, too. He talked then about the devastating results of the flooded farm fields. But he also said "we farmers have handled this kind of crisis before, and we'll work our way through this too."

Nelson said Iroquois and Kankakee Counties were hardest hit with the flooding. Damage assessments are still being compiled, he said, and the governor's disaster declaration for 23 counties will be looked at seriously.

The Ag Director was a guest at the Masonic Lodge Farm Show at the Big R parking lot Saturday. Several ag presentations were made, including a display of antique farm machinery.

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Watseka Masonic Lodge Antique Farm Show & Ag Expo

The Watseka Masonic Lodge is sponsoring its annual Antique Farm Show and Ag Expo Saturday.  The event welcomes the public to the Big R parking lot on Route 24 E from 10 am 'til 4 pm.

Antique farm equipment, and FFA Petting Zoo, Farm Speakers, a Farm Safety program, Child ID and Fingerprint program all featured at the event.  There's also going to be sweet corn available.    Learn more at www.historicfarming.org

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Keeping Kids Safe Project in Watseka Saturday

A local Watseka business is hosting the Keeping Kids Safe Project by S.I.P. Kids on Saturday, August 8th.  The program invites the public to Watseka, Chrysler Dodge Jeep from 10 am 'til 2 pm.

The Keeping Kids Safe Project is a national child safety organiztion touring the country providing free FBI quality digital fingerprints for children.  The free child safety fair welcomes families and parents to take advantage of the record-keeping program.  Parents can use the record to turn over to authorities anywhere in the world to instantly aid in any investigation. 

"Police officials say time is crucial in the recovery of missing children.  Precious time can be lost in gathering current photos, fingerprints and personal information to assist law enforcement," says National Director of S.I.P. Kids, Lytishya Borglum.

Other community organizations will be involved with Saturday's program.  All the kids activities are free.

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