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Stalemate: Iroquois, Ford County Boards still at odds over Health Department Chief Corbett

It appears to an "unfixable mess." That's what Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas says about the Ford-Iroquois Health Department.

Similar comments surfaced from the Ford County Board meeting in Paxton Monday night.

Iroquois County wants Doug Corbett gone as health department administrator. Ford County is standing firm against Corbett's removal.

Copas informed the Iroquois County Board (Tuesday) the state health department has been asked to get involved.

Copas told reporters "we've sent a letter asking for a meeting with the state...we're in two different places handling the problems and there's no communication."

The office of State Health Director Dr. Lamar Hasbrouk has said this is a local issue between Ford and Iroquois County. Whether there's a workable suggestion is the question.

Copas told his board in a lengthy presentation Tuesday about several matters, pointing to official misconduct allegations, inappropriate hand-written statements, and making for very difficult working conditions for some employees. Copas said there's several troubling matters in the administration's handling of affairs.

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Illinois braces for hot, stormy weather

(AP) -- Forecasters say the heat index could climb into the triple digits as hot and steamy weather blankets parts of Illinois.

The National Weather Service says it will feel like 100 to 105 degrees in parts of southwestern Illinois by this (Tuesday) afternoon. Temperatures in southwestern, northwestern and central Illinois will be in the 90s, but the humidity will make it feel even hotter.

Meanwhile, the blistering temperatures are expected to give way to strong storms, as the moist air mass over the state becomes unstable as the day progresses.

The weather agency's office says that could trigger flash floods, large hail and strong winds that reach 60 to 80 miles per hour.

Dozens of cooling centers are opening across the region.

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Annual Warrior Golf Classic July 26th

The Watseka Warrior Athletic Booster Club is hosting its' 21st Annual Warrior Golf Classic.

The general public is invited to the outing, scheduled for July 26th at Shewami Country Club with lunch being served from 11:30 AM to 12:30 and golf (Scramble Format) will begin with a shotgun start at 1:00 PM. The entry fee for the outing is $75.00 per person, which includes lunch, dinner at 5:30 PM, refreshments during the day, door prizes and raffles. Any individual may purchase dinner tickets for $20.00 per person.

Proceeds from the outing go towards sponsoring various Athletic Boosters Club projects. Past projects have included equipment and support for all boy's and girl's athletic teams, and the fitness center for all athletes of Watseka Unit #9 School District. Any donations or door prizes that you or your business could contribute toward the event would be greatly appreciated.

Tom Schroeder is this year's chairperson for the Warrior Golf Classic. You can contact him with any questions at 432-6712 and reservations by July 12th.

Please make checks payable to Watseka Warrior Athletic Booster Club and
mail to 637 E. Porter Ave., Watseka, IL 60970.

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$150,000 heroin bust in I-65 traffic stop

A traffic stop on I-65 at Remington, IN early Sunday morning resulted in the seizure of more than five pounds of suspected heroin.

Indiana State Troopers said they pulled a man over for speeding, and noticed he was acting suspicious.

K-9's searched the car of 26-year-old Pedro Burgos, and located four packages of suspected heroin. Police said the street value of the packages is about $150,000.

Burgos, who is from Miami, Florida, has been booked into the Jasper County Jail. He faces preliminary charges of Dealing a Narcotic Drug, Possession of a Narcotic Drug, and Speeding.

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Police arrest Kay Jewelers robbery suspect

Police have arrested a Worth, IL man in connection with last week's robbery at Kay Jewelers in the Northfield Square Mall in Bradley.

37-year-old Jason M. Murawski was arrested Sunday evening at his home.

Police reported Murawski asked to look at a few items in the sore July 1, then grabbed the merchandise from the employee and fled the store.. He then, allegedly, lead police on car chase through parts of Bradley and Bourbonnais.

He was paroled from the Pinckneyville Correctional Center in January after being accused of stealing from six jewelry stores in 2011.

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