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Watseka displays patriotic flags

American flags are proudly displayed along Illinois Routes 1 and 24 for Wednesday’s July 4th celebration. And Mayor John Allhands is pretty proud of the community’s show of support.

“This starts from the west bridge on Route 24 and runs thru town to the east junction of Route 1/24. The flag display also extends from the Route 1 bridge north of town to the west junction,” Allhands said. “The flags are on both sides of the roads.”

The proud display also finds many residential homes displaying the U.S. flag.
Volunteers were on a mission Saturday to get the flags in order for the holiday.

The city purchased two thousand American flags. The mayor said alderwoman Mona Ullfers suggested the city step it up. More discussion led to several aldermen, city employees, business-people and Police Chief Jeremy Douglas to get involved and get the flags lined up.

Several citizens also helped as did local FFA members.
The flags will remain on display thru July 9th.
“It was great to have cars and semis honking at us, saluting and giving thumbs up as we were doing it,” Allhands said.

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Weather forecast brings a little relief … but, humid conditions back by the 4th

The sweltering temps from the weekend have loosened the grip on Illiana. The excessive heat warning is over for now.

Afternoon temperatures are expected to reach the mid-80s today. Tuesday’s highs in the upper 80s, with heat index readings of 95 to 100. There may be showers and thunderstorms Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Independence Day, temps are likely to reach near 90 again with the heat index at or near 98 -103. There may be showers and T-storms Wednesday too.

Hot, humid conditions are expected Thursday before more mild temps in the 80s Friday into the weekend.

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Danville fire does $600,000 in damages, 2 firemen injured

McLane Midwest Distribution Services in Danville was hit by a three-alarm fire Friday night.

The fire was inside a cool storage space where food products and cups were stacked on pallets. A fire department spokesman said a concrete wall kept the flames contained. Two forklifts were damaged. Two firefighters were injured but refused medical treatment.

Damage to the building was estimated at $200-thousand dollars and damages to contents have been estimated at $400-thousand dollars. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The Illinois State Fire Marshal is assisting.

The McLane Midwest Distribution Service is one of the largest supply chain services, providing grocery products to convenience stores and other food services across a large section the central United States.

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Herscher church bus goes up in flames, 18 passengers escape

A Herscher Church bus, with 18 passengers, went up in flames early Saturday while enroute in northwest Indiana. The passengers escaped before the flames engulfed the bus. No injuries were reported.

The bus, owned by Herscher Christian Church, was southbound on I-65 near the Lowell exit when the driver noticed sparks coming from the right rear tire. The driver managed to pull the bus to the shoulder and the passengers evacuated before the vehicle was engulfed.

Indiana State Police said the incident happened just before 1 am. Another bus was brought in to transfer the passengers.
Southbound I-65 lanes in this area were closed for approximately two hours for extinguishing the fire, clean-up, and removal of the bus.

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Red Cross Shares How to Have a Safe Fourth of July

               Asks for Blood Donations Around the Holiday

The Fourth of July holiday will soon be here and many of us will enjoy the outdoors, watch fireworks or host a family picnic. The American Red Cross wants everyone to enjoy their holiday and offers safety steps they can follow.

“The Independence Day Holiday is a great time for summer fun and we want to make sure everyone stays safe during their celebration,” said Lyn Hruska, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region. “It’s also a time when the number of people giving blood drops, but the need for blood donations continues. We are also asking that everyone consider giving blood over the holiday.”


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