A Danville man was air-lifted to an Urbana hospital and three others were injured in a crash Wednesday near the Vermilion Regional Airport. Both drivers were charged. The crash closed Bowman Avenue for about an hour.
24-year-old Caleb Drollinger was transferred from Danville to Urbana. Vermilion County Sheriff's Police identify the other driver as 28-year-old Tabitha Clawson of Georgetown. Clawson was treated and released. Two other passengers in Drollinger's car were injured.
Clawson was cited for disobeying a stop sign. Police also cited Drollinger for operating a vehicle under the influence of cannabis.
Clifton’s Russell & Marilyn Rosenboom receive national ag honor
Russell and Marilyn Rosenboom, of rural Clifton, were recently honored as agricultural leaders. The Rosenbooms were among 100 honorees in the country who were announced on National Agriculture Day, March 15.
The program, known as Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives, is a focus on leaders who are changing rural communities and agriculture for the better.
The 100 Fresh Perspectives program was launched as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Farm Credit system of borrower-owned credit cooperatives created by Congress in 1916 to serve farmers, ranchers and rural communities.
The official announcement states, the Rosenbooms "have shared their passion for agriculture, a dedication to mentoring and helping young farmers and a solid example of a husband-and-wife farming partnership for more than 10 years."
They joined the Cultivating Master Farmers program in 2005 as Master Farmers and, "with a willingness to share both their farming background and their personal challenges" they have helped to mentor more than 50 young farmer couples in Illinois and with interns from Parkland and Blackhawk junior colleges. Beyond that, they also have helped farmers in Australia, Holland, Germany and Denmark.
The Cultivating Master Farmers program "is designed to unite different generations of Illinois farmers through the exchange of ideas, knowledge and production experience" and is sponsored by 1st Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit of Illinois, GROWMARK, Illinois Farm Bureau, Monsanto and Prairie Farmer.
"It is an inspiration to see young farmers we have been associated with through the program grow in their successful farming careers," the Rosenbooms said. "The Cultivating Master Farmers program provides us an opportunity to share more than 56 years of farming experience with many young farmers and couples. We benefit from their eagerness to learn and adapt new technology to raise the bar higher."
Russell and sons Rick and Randy farm 5,400 acres in Kankakee and Iroquois.
Principal Bielfeldt joining GCMS as middle school principal
The Watseka Unit Nine School Board (this week) accepted the resignation of Glenn Raymond School Principal Kyle Bielfeldt. He's returning to his previous employer, and will serve as middle school principal at GCMS in Gibson City.
The 35-year-old Bielfeldt is a GCMS graduate. He also is a former GCMS High School coach and social studies teacher. His hiring by the GCMS Board of Education will find him starting his new position in July.
Bielfeldt has spent the past year working as principal at Glenn Raymond School in Watseka. Returning to Gibson City, he'll succeed Jeremy Darnell, who is stepping up as well. Darnell will replace Anthony Galindo as the GCMS school district's superintendent.
There's been no arrests yet in the ongoing investigation of shootings in Kankakee. City Police report four drive-by shootings appear to be revenge-related. Investigators believe teenagers are responsible for the shootings reported Sunday and early Tuesday.
The incidents happened in the 300-block of South Chicago Avenue and the 500-block of South Poplar Avenue. One man suffered a graze wound. Investigators recovered several shell casings. Police said semi-automatic weapons were used in the shootings.
Two adults and three juveniles face burglary and theft charges for a break-in at Donahue's Liquor store in Sheldon early Monday. Sheldon Police and the Iroquois County Sheriff's Department made the arrests Wednesday following an investigation.
20-year-old Drey Watkins and 25-year-old Raymundo Jackson, both of Sheldon, and three juveniles were taken into custody. The juveniles have been released to their parents. All five are also charged with criminal damage to property.
Police reported, four of the suspects burglarized the store while the reamining suspect actged as a "getaway driver." Investigators said items taken from the store and clothing worn by the suspects durig the crime were recovered.