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.
Kankakee County Board Approves Referendum for Electric Question
The Kankakee County Board Tuesday approved a referendum question for November which will ask unincorporated residents if they want the county to pursue a cheaper electrical service.
The referendum will appear on the November 6th ballot.
The Board voted unanimously to place the question on the ballot seeking a less-expensive service.
County Board Chairman Mike Bossert calls the aggregation question a “no brainer.” Bossert said the city of Kankakee and Bradley took the first steps with aggregation and it worked pretty well. If approved, the program can offer substantial savings.
A similar referendum question is going before Vermilion County voters in November too.
Joseph Lightfoot will not continue as KCC men’s basketball coach, effective June 30, 2012. The college will conduct a search for his replacement. Until a new coach is named, Ted Petersen, KCC’s athletic director, will serve as interim manager.
A press release issued by the school's marketing and public relations office states:
“KCC remains committed to the future of the Cavaliers men’s basketball program,” said Dr. John Avendano, KCC president. “Consistent with our institutional philosophy, the academic and athletic success of our student athletes takes precedence. The college is committed to the success of all of our students, and helps them reach their educational and personal goals. Moreover, the college is dedicated to providing education, job skills training, and learning opportunities for all residents of our communities.”
Lightfoot has been employed by KCC since 1997 and served as assistant men’s basketball coach from 1997 to 2006 and head men’s basketball coach 2006 to 2012.
Iroquois County Relay for Life nears $139,000 Raised
WATSEKA -- A "Carnival of Hope" theme generated tons of excitement Friday night at Watseka's Blake Field where hundreds of participents helped raise nearlt $139,000 for cancer research.
The 12th annual relay for the American Cancer Society attracted 30 teams, may walking the high school track until 6 am Saturday morning.
Despite the struggling economy, co-chairmen of the event Chris Meredith and Joanna Milligan, said the suport was again "awesome" from the children to adults who make it all happen.
Publicity chairman Diann Peabody provided some fo the latest stats:
2012 Relay For Life of Iroquois County Statistics
The 12th year of Relay in Iroquois County—Began in 2001
Theme: “Carnival of Hope”
Luminaria 1132 exceeded goal of 1,000
Survivors 154 exceeded goal of 150
Earnings$138,809 at midnight on June 9 Was at $115,000 after Bank Night, at $127,000 at 8PM on Friday, June 8, and then at $138,809 by midnight. Could be expected to reach $140,000 within the next month. Goal was $170,000
Corporate sponsorship: $22,500 cash, $19,950 in-kind for a total of $42,450. A record amount for Iroquois County. Thanks to new donors and the continued generous support of previous donors.
Teams: there were 30 contributing teams as of tally on Friday night, June 8
Participants at Relay: estimated at over 500. Final tally will come from online and onsite registrations and the survivor registrations
Individuals contributing $1,000 or more: Sara Kaeb $3,084.75, Jerry Kaeb $2,826.00, and Pam Ristow $2,100.00—from the Fighting Into the Night team of Cissna Park; Gregg Buswell $2,542.81 and Sheila Buswell $2,535.00—from Team Mara of Watseka; Fred Bohlmann $2,034.00 and Mary Williams $2,025.00—from Wolfie’s Walkers team of Watseka; and Dale Schleef $1,920.00 of the Survivors by Faith team of Onarga. There were a total of 20 people contributing $1,000 or more. They are called Grand Club members.
Teams contributing-- Top five teams were Team Mara $13,621.38, Fighting Into the Night $12,686.00, Wolfie’s Walkers $12,593.94, Survivors by Faith $9,724.98, and Pennies From Heaven $9,332.55.
Activities throughout the night: Scott Hawthorne of the Step by Step team from Milford walked around the track 216 times! His team also was judged first in Campsite Decorations. The Wolfie’s Walkers team was recognized for winning the Team Lap award for their costumes. Throughout the night until the closing ceremony at 5:30AM teams participated in games and activities as well as walking. They were awarded points for these different activities. The team earning the most points was First Trust Bank Team (Watseka) with 9,835 points. Four other teams following them in points earned were Super Heroes, Big R, Step by Step, and Team Corey.
Heritage FS Fertilizer Plant Gets Support from County’s Planning & Zoning Committee
Heritage FS has been given another green light to go ahead with plans for a new fertilizer plant in Douglas Township. The Iroquois County Board’s Planning & Zoning Committee (Friday) voted unanimously to allow for an M-2 zoning manufacturing permit. The site, along Route 45 south of Gilman, is currently zoned A-2 (agricultural).
The matter goes to the full County Board Tuesday (June 12).
Heritage FS spokesman Dana Robinson explained the 82 acre tract, between county roads 1600 and 1700 North, would be developed for an agronomy centralized distribution terminal. Several buildings would include a 60 by 120 foot warehouse with an attached 48 by 60 foot shop. An office building with parking lot and gravel driveways are included.
The project has the blessing of the Douglas Township Board, City of Gilman, the Iroquois Economic Development Association, and local businesses and farmers.