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Reward offered after suspicious fire destroys grandstands at Vermillion County, IN Fairgrounds

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information about a suspicious fire that destroyed the grandstands at the Vermilion County Fairgrounds in Indiana.

Officials report all that is left is a pile of rubble after the fire burned the grandstand to the ground. It was the oldest wooden grandstands in Indiana.

Emergency fire crews responded to the fairgrounds Thursday evening before 8:30 pm. The fairgrounds are located just off of State Road 63, near Cayuga, in northern Vermillion County.
Officials have not released a cause, but they do report it is suspicious as there was no electricity connected to the grandstands.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office was on the scene Friday sifting through debris searching for a cause.

Wind gusts did create some extra concerns early Thursday evening and crews spent several hours on scene. No injuries were reported.

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Watseka fire destroys home, no one injured

A Friday afternoon house fire destroyed a 2-story structure and left a family of four homeless.

The state Fire Marshall is investigating what appeared to be “a basement dryer fire” in the 200-block of N. Fifth Street, just two lots north of the Watseka Fire Station. Several area fire departments answered a box-alarm just before 2:45 pm.

Homeowner Jeff Miller’s family of four was all accounted for. No injury was reported. The Red Cross was contacted for assistance.

At least eight fire departments were at the scene; others were on standby, along with IMH Ambulance personnel.

Heavy, thick smoke accompanied the flames that poured from the house. Firemen battled the fire from an aerial truck and on the ground.

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Unemployment rates fall again

Newest numbers from the Illinois Department of Employment Security show the jobless rates in all of the state’s metro areas fell again in December. Kankakee, Danville and Champaign-Urbana showed significant drops.

The Kankakee unemployment is listed as 6.5%, down from 7.3% in December of 2015. In Vermilion County the jobless rate in December 2016 was 7.2 percent, compared with 7.7 percent a year ago. The Champaign-Urbana-Rantoul area the jobless rate fell from 5.7 percent in December of 2015 to 4.9 percent last month.

The Bloomington unemployment was 5>5 in December compared to 5.6% in December 2015. Decatur’s rate was 6.4%, down from 7.7% a year earlier.

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DACC Ag Club Farm Toy Show

Danville Area Community College’s Ag Club will be hosting its 29th Annual Farm Toy Show Sunday. The event is from 9 am ‘til 3 pm in the Mary Miller Gymnasium on campus at Danville Area Community College.

The show consists of farm toys in a variety of sizes. Scale models as small as 1/64th the actual size will be shown. And the general public is given the opportunity to buy, sell, or trade toys with area collectors and dealers.

Info is available at (217) 443-8816 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Admission will be $2 for adults and those 11 and under are admitted free. Proceeds go to the Danville Area Community College Ag Club’s Activity Fund.

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Tim Smith named new CEO at IMH

A veteran member of the Iroquois Memorial Hospital family is the new Chief Executive Officer.  Tim Smith was named to the position Thursday. 

The IMH Board of Trustees states in a pree release, "The Board of Trustees is looking forward to Tim's leadership and innovation as he leads IMH into our second century of providing quality healthcare to the area."

Smith most recently served as chief operating officer.  He's also served the hospital as chief information officer.  Smith began his career at IMH in 1995.

Former CEO Chuck Bohlmann retired in December.

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