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10 years in prison for Rankin man, guilty plea in rolling meth lab case

A Rankin man was sentenced this week to 10 years in state prison for his role in a rolling meth lab discovered during a traffic stop in downtown Paxton.

26-year-old Christopher Searcy was handed the sentence (Tues). Searcy pleaded guilty to four felonies stemming from his March 1 arrest. The charges included unlawful participation in methamphetamine production, unlawful possession of anhydrous ammonia, unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

Ford County Circuit Judge Matt Fitton sentenced Searcy to 10 years for the first two felony counts. The run concurrent to a seven-year prison term he received for the third and fourth counts.

Searcy was the second person to plead guilty in connection with the rolling meth lab. 20-year-old Eugene Forbes III of Rankin pleaded guilty to identical charges as Searcy earlier. He'll be sentenced June 16.

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IMH recognizes volunteers

Iroquois Memorial Hospital celebrated National Volunteer Week, with a special reception at Celebrations on Thursday, April 16th. The event included a hospital update by CEO Chuck Bohlmann.

Individuals earning awards were greeted and thanked individually by Chuck Bohlmann, and IMH Board of Trustee members – Roger Dittrich, Board President along with Rhonda Pence and Mel Ward.

"Thank you does not seem sufficient for all the ways in which Volunteers contribute to Iroquois Memorial. From the many services they provide each day to their frequent acts of kindness that lift the spirits of patients, visitors and staff daily. Volunteers influence the organization in a very positive way," said Terri Fanning, IMH Director Volunteers. "The reception was a small token of our heartfelt thanks to our Volunteers." A total of 11,776 hours of volunteer time was documented in calendar year 2014.

Volunteers earn awards for their hours of service.

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DACC, KCC graduation ceremonies this weekend

The Class of 2015 graduates this weekend (May 15th and 16th). Commencement programs are set at Danville Area Community College and at Kankakee Community College.

Nearly 200 graduates are participating in the Commencement Ceremony at DACC. More than 500 degrees and certificates are being awarded overall. The Commencement Ceremony begins at 7 pm this evening (Friday) in the Mary Miller Gymnasium.

Neuhoff Broadcasting Executive Mike Hulvey is the featured speaker.

KCC's 46th annual commencement ceremony is Saturday. Seating may be limited. The doors at the KCC gymnasium will be open just before 9 am. They'll close at 9:55 am to be ready for the service in the George Ryan gymnasium.

The ceremony will include an address from guest-speaker Ray LaHood, a former Peoria Congressman and former Transportation Director in the Obama Administration.

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Georgia man arrested for Monticello bank robbery

Law enforcement have one in custody, and said the investigation continues after a Wednesday morning robbery in White County, Ind.

The Monticello Police Department is investigating after a robbery at Wells Fargo bank in Monticello.

37-year-old Kamau Campbell of Temple, Georgia had been arrested in connection with the robbery.

He was apprehended in a nearby parking lot, not long after fleeing from the bank about 9:30 am.

No one was injured during the robbery.

The White County Sheriff's Office, Indiana State Police, and the Monticello and Monon police departments all responded to the scene.

Campbell is jailed in White County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

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Jack Redman funeral plans for Friday-Saturday

A Watseka WWII veteran is coming home this weekend. And the plans to greet him are generating a patriotic following from all over central Illinois. Organizers are appreciative for the many organizations and patriotic citizens stepping up to be involved.

Jack Redman's remains are being laid to rest at Watseka's G.A.R. Cemetery Saturday. That's will follow the funeral service and procession from the United Methodist Church at Noon Saturday.

Organizers have asked the public and organizations to line Route 24. And that patriotic greeting will include Friday's escort from O-Hare Airport in Chicago, down I-57 to Iroquois County.

Knapp Funeral Home Director Steve Knapp says the response has been overwhelming and all efforts are being made to accommodate everyone.

The U.S. Marines will lead a motorcade down I-57. Iroquois County sheriff's police will escort the hearse from the county line at Chebanse. The motorcade, which will include a representative from Governor Bruce Rauner's office, will move south on I-57 to Gilman. It continues across Route 24 where citizens are asked to hold flags and line the highway.

Gilman, Danforth and Onarga American Legion members will participate. They invite citizens to line Route 24 at Gilman, beginning about 2 pm.

Citizens lining the funeral procession route are asked to remain orderly and pay attention to police and fire personnel assisting with traffic control.

Jack Redman died in 1943 at the age of 20 while serving as a Marine. His remains were recently identified and will be returned Friday. The Marines plan a brief ceremony on the tarmac at O'Hare before the trip home to Watseka. A Marine color guard will stand watch over the casket until the funeral Saturday.

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