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Haley Brokate named 2014 Ford County Fair Queen

MELVIN --  A 17-year-old paxton teen is the new queen of the Ford County Fair. Haley Brokate was crowned Monday night at the fairgrounds.  She was the judges choice over six other contestants. Haley is the daughter of Wayne and Michelle Brokate.  Miss Brokate will be a senior this fall at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.

17-year-old Sydney Porter of Paxton was named 1st runner-up.  16-year-old Mercedes Wise of Loda was 2nd runner-up.  Miss Congeniality went to 17-year-old Tamberly Lough of Gibson City.

The new queen was crowned by outging 2013 Fair Queen Kristen Batte of Paxton.

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Dwight homicide case offers reward

The village of Dwight is offering an additional $5,000 reward for information in the June 14 shooting that left two women dead and a man injured. The reward purse is now at $10,000.


60-year-old Donna Denker and her daughter, 30-year-old Kelli L. Denker were killed at their home at 200 W. North St. A 23-year-old man whose identity has not been disclosed also was shot. He is recovering.


Several local and state police agencies are involved in the investigation, but no arrests have been made.
The Village Board voted Monday to offer a $5,000 reward after Grundy County Crime Stoppers last week offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest and criminal charges in the case.


Anyone with information about the crime should call the Dwight Police Department at 815-584-1975 or Grundy County Crime Stoppers at 815-942-9667. Callers may remain anonymous.


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Kinzinger to hold traveling office hours June 30

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger will hold traveling office hours on Monday, June 30, Gilman, Clifton and Gibson City.


Constituents are welcome to come to share their questions and concerns. Kinzinger's staff will be available at Clifton Village Hall from 11 am to noon,.; Gilman City Hall from 1-2 p.m.; and Gibson City Hall 3-4 pm.


Staffers will be available to assist and provide guidance for constituents on issues ranging from veterans and Social Security benefits to Medicare and immigration issues.


Appointments are not necessary.


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Missing boater near Coal City, search resumes today

Rescue crews plan to resume the search for a missing boater presumed drowned in the Illinois River near Coal City. The unidentified woman, in her 20's, was part of a group of boaters who experienced engine problems Sunday neat the Dresden Lock and Dam.


Conservation officials say when the debris stalled the boat's engine, they tried to swim to safety and were swept beneath the gate. Three of the people who went overboard were rescued.


The three survivors were treated at Morris Community Hospital.


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Rain brings flooding along Iroquois River

Over five-inches of rain in Indiana has prompted the NWS to issue flooding warnings for communities impacted by the Iroquois River. Rainfall amounts of 4-6 inches in the last 24 hours in Benton and Newton Counties has roads under water. Motorists are warned to avoid flooded routes and seek an alternate road.

The NWS reports up to another inch of rain could fall yet before tapering off late this morning.

A Flood Warning is in effect for Northern Benton, southern Jasper, southern Newton and southeastern Iroquois counties.

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