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GCMS Falcons win 2A football state title

    FINAL SCORE: Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 38, Maroa-Forsyth 32

The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley football program made history (Friday) in Dekalb.

The Falcons staged a second half rally to earn a 38-32 victory against Maroa-Forsyth in the Class 2A state championship game at Huskie Stadium. It was the football program's first-ever state championship.

GCMS finishes 14-0 on the season, capping a final drive against the Trojans (12-2). GCMS scored the winning touchdown with just over a minute left to play.

Trailing 32-30, the Falcons offense wen t the length of the field with a little more than six minutes left. Bryce Barnes made an acrobatic 23-yard touchdown catch off a pass from quarterback Nathan Garard with 1:o8 to go on the clock.

The Falcons' defense did it own more time, stopping Maroa-Forsyth in its own territory to seal the championship win.

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Busy Shoppers on Black Friday; 94.1 WGFA promotes Big R specials

           160M Americans Hitting Black Friday Sales

An estimated 160-million Americans are hitting up Black Friday sales. Shoppers looking for the best deals barely finished their Thanksgiving turkeys before heading out for their annual all-nighter.

The Big R Store in Watseka welcomed holiday shoppers (Friday) for its annual Black Friday Sales. A ‘live’ on-air remote broadcast on 94.1 WGFA featured store officials and customers.

Clothing and toys are popular, but others were hunting for electronics, including laptops, big screen TVs and smartphones. Retailers count on Black Friday, along with Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, for up to 40-percent of yearly sales.

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Peotone woman dies in Ford County crash

43-year-old Deanna Elward of Peotone was killed Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle crash in Ford County.

Illinois State Police reported her car was westbound on Route 24 at County Road 1775E just before 6:30. The vehicle left the road and overturned several times. The driver was ejected. The Ford County Coroner pronounced Elward dead at the scene.

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Kankakee juvenile faces felony charge for bomb threat

A bomb threat made November 10th to the Bradley Wal-Mart Store now finds a Kankakee juvenile facing a felony offense.

Several police agencies responded, forcing an evacuation of the store. Bradley Police said the juvenile admitted to the incident --- that was “just prank calling the police.”

The youth now faces a felony offense based on the false 9-1-1 call to police and the bomb threat.

Bradley Police received a 9-1-1 call from the unidentified subject who advised he was going to blow up the store. He allegedly told the Dispatch Center thwy would “blow up everyone who moves” and that they were in the bathroom and they had a gun. Admitting to the crime, the juvenile told detectives the threat was made from his cellphone.

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20-year sentence for murder plea

Judge Clark Erickson sentenced a Kankakee man to 20-years in prison (Tuesday). 32-year-old Edgar Watkins Jr. pleaded guilty as his bench trial was set to begin in Kankakee Circuit Court.

Watkins pleaded guilty to one count of felony first degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Johan Rowe. Rowe was killed in October of 2014.

Watkins could have received 51 years in prison had he been convicted of the original felony charges — two counts of first-degree murder and one count of being an armed habitual offender.

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