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Ford County Colission

-- Two drivers were taken to the hospital after a crash in rural Ford County. Illinois State Police say the injuries are not life threatening. It happened around Route 9 East and county road 2300, just east of Paxton.

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Show Choir Invite & Civil War Commemoration highlight weekend events

Junior-high and high school dance teams are highlighted on stage in Watseka this weekend.

The 35th Annual Watseka Show Choir Invitational welcomes the public today (Fri) and Saturday. The competition features several school teams; the junior-high teams perform Friday and 15 high school groups hit the stage Saturday.

Julie Burd is one of the many organizers of this popular event. The performers include the Watseka “Sensations” Saturday night.

The doors open at 5 pm today (Fri) and 9 am Saturday AT Watseka High School. An award presentation is set for Saturday night to finish the day.


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Watseka’s future focus of Candidates Forum

The local job market, alleviating storm water back-up, finding a balance between downtown business and the eastside development are all issues that presented questions for Watseka’s mayoral and Ward 1 aldermanic candidates at a form last night.

Fifty-five people attended the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event at celebrations to hear Mayor Bob Harwood and John Burch answer questions.

Incumbent alderman Marvin Purvis and challenger Mark Garfield also addressed the audience. They answered questions about ways to improve Watseka’s image and attracting better-paying job opportunities.

Bob Harwood likes what’s happened in first four years as mayor.

John Burch hi-lited some reasons he believes the city needs new direction.
Marvin Purvis and Mark Garfield talked about issues that affect Ward 1.

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Fire destroys vacant Sheldon house

A fire of un-determined origin destroyed a vacant house in rural Sheldon Wednesday night. No injury was involved.

Sheldon Fire was assisted with mutual aide by Concord and Watseka Fire. The original call alerted Sheldon at 8:45 pm.to 1950 N and 2630 E. Firemen were at the scene intil Midnight. Sheldon was dispatched again at 3 am Thursday when the fire rekindled.

Sheldon Fire Chief Stan Molter reported the fire is believed to have started in the attic of the 2-story house, which was a rental unit owned by Charlie Darrough.


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Watseka Mayoral race, aldermanic post featured in forum

Incumbent Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood and challenger John Burch will answer questions and present views on issues tonight (Thurs) in Watseka.

A candidates forum is sponsored by the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce. The program welcomes the public at 7 pm at Celebrations.

The forum presents a platform for open discussion of issues going into the April 9 Consolidated Election. Contested races are presented for open discussion.

Also invited to speak are 1st Ward aldermanic candidates, incumbent Marvin Purvis and challenger Mark Garfield.


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