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Winter Weather: add more snow to the cold !

Temperatures are still well below zero with wind chill factors on Friday. And now, the National Weather Service is calling for additional snow.

Central sections of Illinois, including Iroquois, Ford, Livingston and northern Vermilion counties, could experience between 2-6 inches. More snow predicted in area south of Kankakee County.

The snow adds insult to injury. The area is already wrapped up in the arctic cold. Friday's high near 22 with wind chills at -13. The snow comes Friday night and Saturday.

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Pembroke teen sentenced to 27-years in prison for murder

The shooting death of a 70-year-old man has landed a 16-year-old in prison for 27 years. Vinshawn Sherrod of Pembroke Township, pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder. In exchange for the guilty plea, Judge Clark Erickson sentenced Sherrod to the lengthy prison term.

Prosecutors noted, the teenager was eligible for up to 60 years.

Sherrod, who was 15 at the time, admitted to shooting 70-year-old Thad Wells in July 2013. The boy and two other men, attempted to break in and steal firearms Wells had in his home.

He gets credit for time served from his arrest Sept. 20, 2013. He will be eligible for parole in September 2040.
Sherrod was facing charges for murder, armed violence, attempted residential burglary and possession of a stolen firearm.

Prosecutors said Sherrod and two other men went to Wells' home to steal firearms. Unable to enter the home, Sherrod fired his weapon through a door, striking Wells.

Kankakee Sheriff's deputies discovered Wells' decomposed body when a friend called in July 2013 requesting a welfare check.

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Ford, Iroquois County Sheriff’s awarding $500 college scholarships

Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran and Iroquois Count Sheriff Derek Hagen will each award a $500 college scholarship to a graduating high school senior.

The Illinois Sheriff's Association is making $53,000 in scholarships available. The scholarship is to be applied to college tuition, books and fees only. They for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Those students who receive the scholarship must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within Illinois during the designated school year and be a permanent Illinois resident.

Applications are available at the sheriff's offices in Paxton or Watseka. They're also available at www.ilsheriff.org. Students must complete the application; answer an essay question and return all documentation to the respective sheriff's office by March 15.

For more information, contact the sheriff's office, Illinois Sheriffs' Association, a high school advisor or a college financial-aid office.

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Bitter cold prompts school closings

The NWS has a wind chill advisory in place until 12 Noon today. Records could be broken if the forecasters are correct. Today's high temps only around 5-7 degrees. That would be the coldest high temp for February 19th on record. Low temps could reach -12. That would break the record -9 set on this date in 1936.

The bitter cold and wind chill has area schools cancelling activities today (Thurs). The postings are online at www.wgfaradio.com Click on the cancellation link.

Manteno, Momence, Grant Park, St. Anne, Pembroke, Peotone schools are closed. North and South Newton Corporations in Indiana are closed. Benton County schools are on a 2-hour delay. Roselawn and Goodland Head-Start are cancelled. Olivert Nazarene University is closed. So is Kankakee Trinity Academy. Also closed is Kankakee School District #111 and Aquinas Catholic Academy.

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Watseka #9 school board narrows principal search

Iroquois County's Unit Nine School district is closer to naming a new principal for the Glenn Raymond Middle School in Watseka.

Two finalists from a field of 30 applicants will be interviewed by the school board Thursday. The agenda lists a 6 pm meeting at the Unit Office.

Current four-year principal Ryan McGuckin tendered his resignation, having accepted a superintendent's job at Streator-Woodland in LaSalle County. McGuckin will serve out the remainder of the school year until June 30th.

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