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Rain, Lightning Batters Kankakee County; Football Game Postponed

River Valley Senior Bowl Re-Scheduled Tonight; 94.1 FM to Broadcast

The National Weather Service (NWS) reported 4 to 6 inches of rain fell in parts of Kankakee County Saturday night.  Doppler radar indicated up seven inches hit areas of Momence, prompting Flash Flood Warnings and forcing barricades to be put in place.

Law enforcement officials reported extensive flash flooding that affected parts of Bradley, Bourbonnais, Kankakee, Momence, Aroma Park and Grant Park.  Several roads were impassable.

The lighting that preceded the heavy rain forced the delay and then postponement of the 2nd Annual River Valley Senior Bowl football game at Olivet Nazarene University.  The 7 pm contest, featuring area high school seniors, is re-set for this evening at Olivet’s Ward Field.  WGFA radio, 94.1 FM, will be there for tonight’s action.

 

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Two Soldiers Die in Afghanistan Blast

FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- A 25-year-old combat engineer from Michigan and a 20-year-old specialist from Illinois were killed in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Lilly of Flint was part of the 18th Engineer Company from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

The Pentagon says Lilly and 20-year-old Spc. Trevor Pinnick of Lawrenceville, Ill., were injured Tuesday in an attack in Kandahar province. Pinnick died that day. Lilly died Thursday on a medical flight to Germany.

Lilly was a Carman Ainsworth High School graduate and also served in Iraq. He's survived by a wife and 3-year-old son.

The News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash., says Lilly and Pinnick are among three engineers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord killed in Afghanistan within a week.

 

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Iroquois County Crash Kills Two Young Men

Two 23-year-old men died in a single-car accident early Sunday in rural Crescent City.  The accident happened east of the Iroquois County Fairgrounds on 2000 N Road, less than a mile from Route 49.

Twenty-three year-old Curtis E. Riston II,  of Watseka, and 23-year-old Patrick Bechely of Springs, Texas, were killed.  Bechely is a former local resident.

Jaron Taden of Watseka is hospitalized at Carle Hospital in Urbana.  He was transferred there from Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.

Riston was pronounced dead at the scene. Bechely died in the emergency room at Riverside Hospital in Kankakee.

County Coroner Bill Cheatum said the emergency call came in at 12:52 am.

 

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''Drivin' the Dixie'' Saturday in Momence and Danville

The communities of Danville and Momence are hosting weekend events as part of ‘Drivin’ the Dixie.”  The annual event features vintage car owners cruising famous Dixie Highway (Illinois Route 1) from Danville up to Island Park in Momence.

The Vermilion County Museum Society welcomes people of all ages to explore East-Central Illinois.
 
The drive starts at 10 am Saturday at the corner of North and Vermilion Street in Danville, and drivers of vintage to modern vehicles can proceed up the Dixie Highway to Island Park in Momence.
 
Cars can be registered for the car show at Danville’s Village Mall parking lot from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. In addition to the car show, mall merchants are offering specials.
 
Registration for the drive is free, and participants may register Saturday between 9:00 and 9:45 a.m. in the Danville City Hall Parking lot at the Corner of Main and Walnut.
 
For further information, visit the website MainStreetMomence.com

 

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Oakwood Man Dies in Vermilion County Crash

An Oakwood man died after his vehicle ran off U.S. 136 Wednesday morning.

Vermilion County Sheriff's Police report the unidentified 73-year-old driver was found behind the wheel of his vehicle. The accident happened after 6:20 am east of Potomac. The driver was rushed to Hoopeston Community Hospital and pronounced dead.

The coroner's office has not yet released his name, pending notification of relatives.

Police report the man may have had a medical condition, possibly a heart attack, causing him to drive off the road. He said there was no damage to the vehicle, and the man was slumped over the steering wheel.

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