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Indiana Highway Department employee killed

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a Benton County highway department employee. An on-the-job accident killed the man Thursday afternoon.

45-year-old Stephen Etter was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

County Coroner John Cox said Etter was working at the highway garage. He was working on a tire of a road grader which had a split rim.

Cox said the rim blew off the tire and struck the front of Etter's body around 2 p.m. Etter was pronounced dead at the scene about 40 minutes later after paramedics worked on him.
Cox said Etter was a 14-year veteran of the highway department. An autopsy was scheduled.

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Watseka felon jailed after shots fired in Hoopeston

29-year-old Tyler Henady of Watseka is being held on a $75,000 bond after police in Hoopeston responded to a report of shots being fired early Friday.

Heandy is charged with Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm and Possession of a Weapon by a felon. He's jailed in Iroquois County.

Hoopeston Police Chief Mark Drollinger reported his officers responded to the 500-block of East Seminary about 2:30 Friday morning concerning a report of shots fired. Officers found a 33-year-old Hoopeston man lying on the ground. The gunshot victim said he was shot by a person he knew. The victim was found not to be injured.

Information provided on the subject and a vehicle description led another Hoopeston officer to locate the suspect-vehicle on Illinois Route 1, entering Iroquois County. Tyler Henady was taken into custody without incident.

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Blue’s Café loses a friend, owner Gary Chouinard

The family atmosphere at Blue's Café on West Station Street in Kankakee suffered a blow this week.

Owner Gary Chouinard (Shuh-nard) died. He was 66. The longtime owner/operator is being remembered by many, including business people, politicians, and everyday customers.

Gary died Wednesday evening. Blue's Café has been and continues to be a popular meeting place. And those who gather there are family -- just the way Gary Chouinard (Shu-nard) wanted it.

Gary died after battling leukemia and Parkinson's disease.

A Funeral Service is planned Monday at 11 am at the Clancy-Gernon-Hertz funeral home in west Kankakee. Visitation is Sunday 2-7 pm.

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Ashkum Homecoming, Sheldon Fun Days this weekend

The annual Lions Club Ashkum Homecoming and Sheldon Fun Days hi-lite the weekend events around Iroquois County.

The Central Illinois Green Club also conducts its tractor ride in Kankakee County. And the Will County Fair continues at Peotone.

WGFA will broadcast today (Sat) in Ashkum. A 'live' broadcast from the village park runs from 2 – 4 pm. The 3-day event offers food, entertainment, a 5K run/walk, an auto show, an all-faith community worship and the entertainment includes the "Silhouettes" and the "Swing Kings Orchestra."

At Sheldon....Fun Days features a Sunday parade at 2 pm. There's a baby contest, kiddie games, a Bake Contest Auction, Carnival games, Sheldon Fire Department Waterball, Bean Bag Tournament. There's also a Masonic Lodge Breakfast at 7 am today (Sat).

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'Ride the River' tractor event Saturday

The Central Illinois Green Club is hosting its "Ride the River" event Saturday. Proceeds from entry fees benefit area FFA organizations.

"Ride the River" was initiated in 2008 to raise money to create a scholarship fund for Kankakee Community College agriculture and horticulture students, adding to that in 2010 and 2012 and switching to FFA funding this year.

For more information about the event or the Green Club, contact secretary Nancy Evans at 815-545-0726.

Vintage tractor enthusiasts from the surrounding area participate in the annual event. Upwards of 120 tractors will gather at the Kanakee County Fairgrounds at 8 am, then follow the river and ride along a river road route to Momence and back.

The tractors route is east to the Iroquois River road, then south to Sugar Island bridge over the Iroquois River. They then head back north to Aroma Park.

From Aroma Park, the tractors take Sandbar Road and Eagle Island Road to Momence, where they will stop for lunch at Island Park for lunch. The route then moves on River Road South out of Momence, past South Shore Golf Course and across Illinois Route 17, then west to Boy Scout Road, to Birchwood Lane and back to the Aroma Park campground for an afternoon break about 1 p.m. The tractors then take Waldron Road to Kankakee and arrive at Cobb Park, before heading back at the fairgrounds at 4:30 pm.

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