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Watseka Swing Choir Invitational this weekend

The 39th Annual Watseka Show Choir Invitational is set for Friday and Saturday at Watseka Community High School. Nine junior high teams and 14 high school groups perform on stage. Awards will be presented Saturday at 9:15 pm.

The junior high competition begins at 5 pm Friday.  The high school groups hit the stage beginning at 8:45 Saturday morning. 

Among the local junior-high schools competing:  the Cornjerker Connection" from Hoopeston, PBL's "Unlimited Attitude, Manteno High's "Grand Paws," and three teams from Danville...The "Radiant Reds," "Redcoats," and "Exhibition."  

The "GRS Singers" from Watseka's Glenn Raymond School perform in Exhibition.

Saturday's high school local performances include:  "New Direction" from Hoopeston, "Class Act" from Herscher, "Magic" from Manteno High School, and "Powerhouse" from Peotone.

The Watseka "Sensations" are in EDxhibition at 4:30 pm Saturday.

Awars are presented at 9:30 pm.  Weekend passes are available.  Tickets are still available.

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Iroquois West students perform “The Little Mermaid” this weekend

Talented students from Iroquois West high school are on stage this weekend...Thursday, Friday and Saturday performing the play “The Little Mermaid.” Shows are at 7 pm each night. Tickets are available. Call the school at 815-265-4229.

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Wind advisory for Illiana

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory in affect for a portion of East Central Illinois and Indiana today.

The advisory will be in effect from 9 am. until 6 pm. Wednesday night for Ford and Iroquois counties, Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Piatt, and Vermilion counties are included.

Winds are expected to be 25 to 35 miles per hour, gusting up to 45 or more.

Driving can be difficult under these conditions, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution, if you are traveling. You should also secure loose objects.

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Kankakee County: Rail project update meeting planned

Grant Park High School is the scheduled setting for a Tuesday, March 21st meeting to provide updated information on the proposed Great Lakes Basin Transportation rail project. The meeting will begin at 6 pm.

The project has generated a lot of interest. Earlier meetings had people and groups speaking for and against.
The Illinois Farm Bureau will be in attendance at this meeting to address legal issues.

The proposed rail line extends through the northern part of Kankakee County for more than 41 miles. The route is proposed to be 200 feet wide, which translates into about 1,000 acres of land, mostly farm land, consumed. Along with the 1,000 acres of land taken by the rail route, there also would be a number of parcels affected by being severed, landlocked or otherwise that become remnants unfeasible or uneconomical to be farmed.

The project narrative provided by GLBT includes a proposed "railport" situated between the villages of Manteno and Grant Park. The railport appears to encompass about 23 square miles of land. At about 640-acres-per-square-mile section, that would be another 14,720 acres consumed.

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Bomb scare investigation in Central #4 school district

Tightened security was in place at schools in the Central Unit 4 School District in Iroquois County as an investigation continues into a reported bomb threat. Law enforcement authorities do not believe the threat is credible at this point, but the investigation continues, according to Superintendent Tonya Evans.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police and Illinois State Police are investigating a threatening email discovered Monday by one of the district principals.

A.letter directed to parents and guardians about the incident makes it clear, the name on the mail was not that of any Unit #4 students. The threatening email had been diverted to the “spam” folder by the school’s computer system Saturday night. The email indicated a bomb threat for March 8, 2017.

The Superintendent’s letter stated no explosives have been found by the sheriff’s department. Police advise there is no imminent threat and the school district continues its normal routine.

Sup’t Evans said student and staff safety is the top priority and any such threat is taken seriously. Increased security presence is in place at the district schools with assistance from the Sheriff’s Department and Illinois State Police.

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