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Damage assessments begin in Watseka, FEMA guidelines to be followed

Watseka residents are being reminded that local permits are required before rebuilding or repairing flood-damaged structures.

The building permits are available at no charge to flood victims, but they must be in place before any repairs or rebuilding takes place, according to Code Enforcement Officer Tom Webster.

The permits are required as part of the city's government participation in the National Flood Insurance Program.

Special conditions apply including the 50% rule, that's 50 percent or more of the structure's pre-flood market value. Property owners with flood insurance need to contact their insurance carrier, and if you're renting contact your landlord.

Questions can be directed to the Code Enforcement Office at 815-432-2711 during regular business hours.

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Miner Foundation makes $100,000 donation to Kankakee arts

The late Harold and Jean Miner of Watseka continue to give. This time it's the city of Kankakee benefitting.

The Miner Foundation has made a $100,000 donation to improve the arts in Kankakee. A permanent stage will be built near the historic railroad depot, adding to the setting for the annual musical festival.

Kankakee Mayor Nina Epstein says it's a wonderful gift to the city.

"This contribution from the Miner Charitable Foundation will allow us to make a big improvement; to building a stage for performers. We will rename the park Festival Park," Epstein said.

The stage "On the Hill" was one of the performing areas for the Merchant Street MusicFest. The new stage, there, will be named for the late Harold & Jean Miner.

The stage will be built this fall, probably in September. A formal dedication may be held in the spring of 2016.

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U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough sentenced 38-year-old David Aaron Neblock to a five-year prison term. Following his release from prison, Neblock was ordered to remain on federal supervised release for four years.

Neblock has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since he pled guilty on Jan. 29, 2015, to possession with intent to distribute more than 100 marijuana plants, three counts of filing false income tax returns for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 tax years, and making false statements to a financial institution.

According to court documents, in July 2012, members of the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG) seized more than 750 hydroponic marijuana plants from a warehouse in Bradley, Ill., used by Neblock to grow marijuana.

Neblock was also ordered to pay $52,128 of additional tax due and owing to the Internal Revenue Service that resulted from his omission of other income earned, including income from the sale of narcotics, for tax years 2010, 2011, and 2012,

Further, Neblock agreed to forfeit property, his former residence on River Road in Kankakee.

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Ashkum Fire responds to semi fire on I-57

A semi hauling 43,000 pounds of compressed shredded paper went up in flames on I-57 last night. Ashkum Fire with mutual aid from Gilman answered the call just after 11 pm.

The northbound lane of the interstate was closed down until 4:50 this morning. No injury was reported.

Ashkum Fire Chief Jeff Glenn said the burning trailer had been detached from the tractor when firemen arrived. An excavator was brought in to tear apart the bails of paper to allow the fire department to spread and soak down the burning debris.

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Kankakee County Fair July 29 thru August 2

The 51st Annual Kankakee County Fair begins Wednesday and continues thru August 2. Discount pre-sale tickets are available, in advance only.

Grandstand lineup featured each day. Carnival information and live entertainment. All Grandstand seating Free. More info online at www.kankakeefair.org

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