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Health Caution: Heat index to top 100

Community leaders are urged to open cooling centers today (Thursday) and Friday as temperatures are expected to reach the low to md 90s. And the heat index could climb to 103.

Government buildings, churches, American Legion Homes could serve as local cooling centers. Citizens lacking air-conditioning are encouraged to seek places where they can escape from the heat.

In Paxton, the Emergency Response Services Center at 134 W. State Street, will be open as a cooling center Thursday and Friday from 12 Noon ‘til 6 pm. Officials say water will be available.

The National Weather Service reports heat and humidity will rise through Friday. The heat index will pose the threat of heat-related illnesses. Heat index values both days could to 102 degrees (Thursday) 105 on Friday.

{The heat index value is how hot it really feels when you factor temperatures with the humidity}.

Suggested precautions include limiting exposure to the heat. Postpone outdoor activity until temps cool down and drink plenty of water, even when you’re not thirsty.

The humid weather conditions also bring on the threat of scattered thunderstorms.

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National Night Out tonight, police step it up

It’s a nationwide effort – to bring police closer to the community. And police in departments in Kankakee, Bradley, Bourbonnais, Danville and Champaign will be involved.

National ‘Night Out’ finds several police agencies staging events to increase anti-crime awareness.

Perry Farm in Bourbonnais is hosting the Kankakee-area event. Bradley Police is the host. Several area departments will have representatives on hand.

Organizers say over 3,000 hot dogs will be served. The Silhouettes will be part of the entertainment. A fireworks show is included. There’s games for kids. It’s free and open to everyone.

It all starts at 4 pm.

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Paxton teen killed in crash; DUI charges pending against driver

A 19-year-old Paxton woman was killed in head-on collision early Monday. And a 25-year-old Paxton man is facing charges, which are likely to include drunken driving as a result of the crash in Ford County.

District 21 Illinois State Police are investigating. The matter’s been turned over the State’s Attorney’s office.

Thomas T. Hoekstra was the driver involved. A front-seat passenger in a second vehicle involved, Kourtni “Suzy” Eastman was killed.

The crash happened just past midnight.

Police report Hoekstra was southbound on U.S. Route 45 when his minivan crossed the center line and collided head-on with a northbound car. The crash killed Miss Eastman.

Police stated the crash occurred at the intersection of U.S. 45 and Ford County Road 200 North (Pit Road).
Suzy Eastman was one of four people in the northbound car. It was driven by 20-year-old Jaupone Noraseng of Rantoul. Two other passengers in the car were identified as 20-year-old Deacon Peck (Eastman’s finance) of Paxton, and 25-year-old Raymond Mattingly of Paxton.

Police reports indicated all five people involved in the crash, with the exception of the Eastman, were being treated for non-life threatening injuries at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

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Watseka bridge construction: Route 1 closed tonight

Motorists will have to sue alternate routes overnight tonight (Monday) if traveling on Illinois Route One at Watseka.  The continuing bridge work will close the route from 8 pm 'til 6 am tomorrow (Tuesday, August 2). 

Transportation officials have posted a detour route, using Routes 24, 49 and 52 around Watseka.  The scheduled work is weather permitting.

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Construction work slowing Route 1, I-74 traffic

Road work in Vermilion County will be slowed, beginning this week. Traffic on Route 1, north of Hoopeston, and I-74 will be affected.

The re-surfacing work begins Thursday (August 4).

The Illinois Department of Transportation reports the I-74 work will be taking place from near Fithian to west of Ogden. The Route 1 work is from north of Rossville to the Iroquois County line, north of Hoopeston.

Motorists are encouraged to slow down and follow posted signs and directions from flaggers.

The work is expected to be completed in mid-September.

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