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#9 School District working on FY17 budget

Health, Life, Safety work is on the get-it-done list for the Unit Nine School District in Watseka. Sup't Kenny Lee tells WGFA News there's quite a bit of detail to work out. Making sure rooftops are in order is high on the priority list. The high school and the GRS and Nette Davis buildings are in line for work.

The school board approved its resolution to issue $425,000 in general obligation bonds.

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Milford School Board ready for next step, building project all ‘Go”

The Milford (MAPS #124) School District can't say 'Thanks enough' to the district's people who said 'Yes' to a building project. It's a project that'll create a new school and build new memories to support the past.

The MAPS #124 school board is opening new bids this week and ready to move forward with its building project.

Board President Mary Ronna said "we're confident building will start this Spring and the people, who supported this project, will find this a real plus. We feel strongly this is the direction to move toward."

Original bids came in too high. The school board took a step back, re-evaluated, worked with the architect and (Thursday) will look at new bids. Mrs. Ronna said 'it's not uncommon for Capital Building projects like this to force you to pause and take another look.

Despite any street-talk and other comments from naysayers, the project has not gone away and the scope of the project has not been short-changed.

Superintendent Dale Hastings explains the bid opening will be followed with a special meeting of the school board (next month) and the real work comes soon after that.

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                                    TOMORROW: The Milford school project is about the future, positive thinkers !

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Crime stats positive for Kankakee

New crime statistics for the city of Kankakee are encouraging. Burglary and theft cases are reported to be at 30-year lows. The number of robberies are down, the 2nd lowest in that same 30-year period. These are 2015 numbers.

Police Chief Larry Regnier reports the overall numbers are some 76% below than numbers from the 2000's.

Chief Regnier says it's a hats-off to citizens and officers. The police staff answers the calls, but it's also the citizens taking the time and being concerned to make the calls and report crime.

Auto theft numbers were up ...by 28%. But the chief said many of those cases could have been prevented. Many of them had the keys left with the vehicle.

Homicides were down one-half from what they were in 2014, The murder rate is still high, down less than one-percent when compared to a 10-year average.

Law enforcement continues to focus on the un-acceptable high numbers when it comes to gunplay.

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40-year celebration for Watseka Rehabilitation & Health Care Center

Watseka Rehabilitation & Health Care Center is taking some time to celebrate a milestone. A successful program continues to give to the community. And it happens because of a dedicated staff.

Originally named Hawthorne Lodge, the 123 bed facility in Watseka was built by Mr. John and Mrs. Jo Rogers who owned and constructed all of the Hawthorne Lodges at that time. The facility opened to serving seniors on February 16, 1976.

In this day of frequent career changes and uncertainty, there has been a welcome constant in the lives of area seniors and families.

Sarah McDaniels and Faye Clark have been devoted to seniors for longer than just their 38 years with Watseka Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. Faye says it's all about family, "Rewarding, homey, and like a second family."

Dedicated team members provide many years of healthcare experience, several employees that have been with the family-facility for over 20 years. Business Office Manager Kris Schroeder has been helping seniors navigate the financial piece of their health care needs for over 24 years.

"Our staff's dedication to our community seniors is admirable and we are excited to celebrate this milestone with them," shared Paul Capell, Administrator.

In recognition of the 40th Anniversary, the facility is holding special events for the residents and employees. Each employee also received a 40th anniversary t-shirt provided by Petersen HealthCare.

Watseka Rehabilitation & Health Care Center has been serving area seniors for 40 years with dedicated employees and features the Pathways Rehabilitation Program as well as a wide variety of services.

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Vermilion, Will Counties record weekend traffic fatalities

The weekend snow and white-out conditions were contributing factors to traffic crashes that killed motorists in Vermilion and Will counties. Motorists were advised of weather conditions that brought sudden changing road conditions.  A mix of snow and freezing rain hampered travel in east-central Illinois and elsewhere.

In Vermilion County, four people were hurt in a crash at the south edge of Westville.  One victim died of injuries Sunday evening at Carle Hospital in Urbana. Sheriff's Police reported white-out conditions as the snow fell during the noon hour.  Deputies and Illinois State Police investigated up to 40 slide-offs and colisions along I-74.  

In Will County, two men died in a single-vehicle rollover accident in Peotone.  Thirty-two year-old Danny Clancy Jr. of Monee and 29-year-old Johnallen Blount Jr. of Crete suffered fatal injuries when theire car left the road near the South Harlem and East Corning intersection.  It happened around 3:30 Sunday morning.  The car rolled several times and came to rest in a business parking lot.

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