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Homer area stabbing leads to brothers arrests

A domestic dispute in Vermilion County ended with one man being stabbed and two brothers arrested Sunday. Sheriff deputies responded to a fight in progress at a home along the Catlin-Homer Road. When officers arrived, they discovered that a 30-year-old Sidell man had been stabbed.

The victim was was listed in serious condition late Sunday at Carle Hospital in Urbana. Police are not releasing the victim's name. Investigators say the two men being held in the case are brothers. One is a 35-year-old Chrisman man, and the other is is 37-year-old brother from Akin, Illinois. The preliminary charges are aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon. The names of the suspects are being withheld pending the possible filing of formal charges.

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Paxton resurfacing limits Route 9 traffic

A resurfacing project on Route 9 and Route 45 in Paxton is underway today (Mon 6/9).

Iroquois Paving Corp. of Watseka was the lowest bidder on the project. The price tag is $1.22 million. About 2.5 miles of the route is getting attention.

The project is being funded by Gov. Pat Quinn's Illinois Jobs Now! program and is being managed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Illinois 9 will remain open to travel, but accessibility may be limited.

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Justin Nichols links up again with Powernation TV

                                       ... bothered by Courtney Hansen ...


Justin Nichols is being bothered again by Courtney Hansen.

You'd think as busy as things are at Nichols Paint and Fab are in Watseka, Justin wouldn't want be taking time to visit Courtney in Tennessee. But it's happened again.

"Yeah, she's hard on the eyes...but she's pretty cool. She's into cars and seemed to like our car."

Justin was featured again on Powernation TV with host Courtney Hansen with a 1929 Model A rehabbed and created in style at Nichols Paint and Fab on Walnut Street in Watseka.

Justin's interview on the popular cable auto show will air this weekend. Check your viewing choice of TV channels for the correct channel. It airs Saturday 7-9 am, again Sunday 8-9 am and 1-2 Monday on the CBS Sports Network.

Nichols said we had a customer who wanted a Model A sedan, a hot rod style. The Paint and Fab crew built the whole frame and interior, chopped the roof and there's a 1953 flathead in it. Nichols said it was a fun-build. "You don't see many like it anymore."

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Roads closed around Dresden Friday

Roads are closed or restricted to thru-traffic today around the Dresden nuclear power plant in Grundy County. The road restrictions began at 8 am today. The Dresden nuclear power plant in Morris is working with Exelon as they move a huge electrical transformer.

Traffic will be restricted along the route because vehicles won't be able to move around the transformer.
The route of the 80-foot transport trailer is proceeding along a designated route.
The move is expected to be completed by mid-afternoon.

The transformer increases voltage produced in the power plant and places it on the electrical grid.

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Illinois corn growers applaud WRDA

The Illinois Corn Growers Association is celebrating last week's passage of the federal Water Resources Development Act. The U.S. Senate is questioning the key appropriations is yet to come for long-overdue improvement of river locks and dams serving Illinois shipping.
Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk are both in support of the WRDA, saying it'll open new opportunities along the major waterways.

The new legislation contains a provision for the federal government to pay 85 percent instead of 50 of the estimated $1.3 billion completion cost for the Olmsted Lock and Dam on the Ohio River at the southern end of Illinois. That will free up more money from the user-funded Inland Waterways Trust Fund for use on be used on other projects.

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