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Storm clean-up in Clifton, Crescent City continues; no injury reported

                                        Ashkum, Woodland, farm fields damaged

The sounds of chain saws pretty popular Sunday in Iroquois County.

Clean-up operations were underway in Clifton and Crescent City following a severe Saturday afternoon storm that toppled trees, tore down power lines and power poles, damaged some homes, and ripped apart several farm fields.

The NWS is expected to review damaged areas today (Mon).

What's fortunate is that there were no injuries reported. Crescent City Mayor Jim Ward said 'there was no advance warning for people' Ward said no one sounded emergency sirens, adding "that's the job of emergency management."

The NWS was tracking the storm from Grundy County. It moved into Kankakee County, threatening Bradley and Bourbonnais (forcing a high school summer football game to be postponed) then into the Herscher area and threatening the Chebanse-Clifton area in Iroquois County.

The NWS extended the 'warning' to the Ashkum, Danforth, Crescent City and Watseka areas too. Heavy rain, damaging winds, damaging hail pelted homes, farm fields and inflicted serious damage to a large building at the former Sea Sprite Boat factory property, along Rt 24 west of Watseka. Several poles and power lines came down.

Crescent-Iroquois Fire Chief Scott Schroeder said the storm was tracked thru town. Power lines were down, power was off 'til 11:30 pm. A gas leak was reported. Trees and lines were down, vehicles and homes were damaged. Mutual aid was provided by Gilman, Danforth and Ashkum. The MABAS Division 37 also provided help.

The Village of Clifton was a mess Sunday. Chebanse Township Fire Chief and Village Maintenance Manager Tim Kent described the damage, saying trees and power lines came down, roads were closed, and vehicles were damaged.

But Kent also said the response for help was great. "road districts, villages and private people and businesses all stepped it up."

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Bagpipes and Drums performing at Bourbonnais Friendship Parade

                                    Coach Barclay to lead Festival parade

The 2014 Friendship Festival at Bourbonnais is set for Wednesday running thru the weekend. Several activities highlight the annual festival.

The bagpipes and drums of the Emerald Society Chicago Police Department are set to march and perform in the festival parade, Sunday, June 29th. The bagpipes and drums are a special appearance to honor fallen Bourbonnais Police Officer Justin Honeycutt.. he died in an auto accident last year.

The Emerald Band has performed at police and firefighter memorials throughout the country for 30 years.
Grand Marshall for the Festival Parade is retired Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School teacher and coach Doug Barclay. He spent 36 years at BBCHS, where he taught physical education, chaired the P.E. Department and coached football, track and wrestling.

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7 compete for Ford County Queen

Seven young ladies are on stage Monday night for the queen pageant at the 2014 Ford County Fair.

 Contestants include 16-year-old Merceds Wise of Loda, Courtney-Ann Schwing, age 16, of Paxton, 18-year-old Elise Chriss of Gibson City, 17-year-old Sydney Porter of Paxton, 17-year-old Haley Brokate of Paxton, 16-year-old Emily Komnick of Clarence, and 17-year-old Tamberly Lough of Gibson City.

The winner will be crowned by the reighning queen, Kristen Batte of Paxton.

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Ford County Fair underway, Queen Pageant Monday

                                        Parmalee performs Tuesday

The county fair season in Illiana got started Sunday. The Ford County summer event raised its curtain at the Melvin fairground. The fair runs seven days through Saturday, June 28.

Seven young ladies grace the stage tonight (Mon) competing for the title of Miss Ford County Fair Queen.
The country music band Parmalee headlines Tuesday with a concert. A special guest leads up to Parmalee. That's John King. Tickets are $20.

Wednesday's highlight is the talent show. Thirty-three acts are scheduled. Also Wednesday is a new event. A radio-controlled car event is featured Wednesday afternoon and evening. A Saturday afternoon radio-controlled car demonstration is also scheduled.

94.1 WGFA will broadcast "live" Wednesday.

The rodeo is back on Friday. On Saturday, the demolition derby promises to be even bigger and better this year.
Swyear Amusements will be on the midway this year.

For more information, go online at fordcountyfair.org.

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Tickets available for Parmalee concert at Ford County Fair

Parmalee performs at the Ford County Fair Tuesday at Melvin.

The concert lights up the stage at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 24. Tickets are $20, which includes fair admission.
Opening for Parmalee is the Nashville-based John King Band.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased at fordcountyfair.org.