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Danforth man dies in Iroquois County rollover

A single-vehicle fatal accident in Iroquois County is under investigation. It happened Tuesday at County Road 200 N near 1300 E.

38-year-old Matthew Walwer  of Danforth was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff's Police, the Coroner's office and Crescent City EMS responded.  Police said Walwer was westbound when his vehcile entered the north ditch.  The driver lost control and rolled several times.  Walwer was ejected.

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Tonight is National Night Out where cities across the state are planning neighborhood events to promote partnerships between police and the communities they serve. The events typically have municipalities in various neighborhoods bring out some equipment and personnel for residents to interact with.

Bourbonnais police welcome the public to Perry Farm for this evening's event. The Night Out will include area law enforcement, private citizens and families for fun, food and entertainment. The event runs from 4-9 pm.

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Benton County, IN family recognized at State Fair

A family in Benton County is on the Featured Farmers list at the Indiana State Fair this year.

Maple Island Farms owner Brent Cox and his wife couldn't believe they were chosen.

Natasha and Brent Cox met at Purdue University but have been involved in agriculture all of their lives. They decided to create a new life together in Benton County. The couple started Maple Island Farms where they produce corn, soybeans and wheat products.

Brent says "we promote agriculture, production and the safety and stewardship every day. It's just kind of neat to be honored and do it on the forefront."

Co-owner Natasha Cox said her family's lives are not solely dependent on the farm. Everyone involved also holds full-time jobs that add a unique twist to their business.

"Most farms in the United States are family farms and most people don't know that," said Natasha. "We know agriculture is not about the glitz and the glamour, it's about the work that is put into it for food safety, transparency and sustainability around the world."

For them, this is a family business they hope will continue to grow with their children.

"Going through the ups and the downs in the market, that's really what made this opportunity to be the featured farmer very very important to us."

This was the fourth year Corteva Agriscience hosted the Featured Farmers event. Farmers from different regions will showcase agriculture products throughout the seventeen day fair.

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Belson Steel explosion & fire

Firefighters responded to an explosion and fire at Belson Steel Center Scrap (Saturday) morning.

Motorists were asked to avoid the busy Saturday traffic on Illinois Route 50. The fire began in a scrap pile. Firemen used an aerial truck and crane to reach the fire’s hot spots.

No injury was reported.

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Deadly train-car crash in Danville

A man was killed trying to beat a train across the tracks Friday in Danville.

25-year-old Dennis Washington of Danville died after driving his car in front of an oncoming train. It happened around 2 pm on West Newell Road.

The Vermillion County Sheriff's Office says Washington drove around the crossing gates and onto the tracks. He was found dead at the scene.

Witnesses told the gates were down, and several witnesses heard the train sounding its horn. That's when Washington continued to drive around the gates and was struck by the freight train.

Nobody else was hurt.

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