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Two dead from Georgetown house fire

Two people are dead after a morning fire in Georgetown. The State Fire Marshall is investigating.

The Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden identified the victims as 39-year old Harold Dolph and 69-year old Carolyn Hanburger. The coroner confirms the two victims were related.

Emergency responders answered a call about 2 am to the 200 block of Clark Street in Georgetown. A Georgetown police officer was also treated for smoke inhalation after entering the home to try to save the victims. The officer is expected to be OK.

Four fire departments were called.

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Red Cross: Severe shortage of type O blood

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The American Red Cross has a severe shortage of type O blood and urges type O donors – as well as eligible blood donors of all blood types – to give now to ensure lifesaving patient care isn’t impacted this winter.

Type O blood is the most in-demand blood type, helping patients facing life-threatening conditions and emergencies every day. Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what emergency room personnel reach for when there’s no time to determine a patient’s blood type. Type O positive blood is also especially needed because it is the most transfused blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any blood type.

Blood Drive sites upcoming >


Cissna Park
3/19/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Creekside Community Center, 510 Prairie Ln

3/6/2019: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Donovan High School, 600 North St

3/7/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Iroquois West High School, 529 E.Second St.

2/25/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Watseka High School, 138 S. Belmont
3/22/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., American Legion Post 23, South 4th St.


Aroma Park
3/2/2019: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., United Methodist Church, 3rd and Division

3/16/2019: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Northfield Square Mall, 1600 N. St. Rt. 50
3/26/2019: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Lutheran Church, 1560 Career Center Rd.

2/28/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Quality Inn and Suites, 800 N. Kinzie Ave.
3/7/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Quality Inn and Suites, 800 N. Kinzie Ave.
3/14/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Quality Inn and Suites, 800 N. Kinzie Ave.
3/21/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Quality Inn and Suites, 800 N. Kinzie Ave.
3/28/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Quality Inn and Suites, 800 N. Kinzie Ave.

3/8/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Herscher High School, 501 N.Main

3/11/2019: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Momence Fire Department, 15 N Pine

Saint Anne
3/14/2019: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., St. Anne Community Drive, 650 W. Guertin

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Barickman legislation to improve business climate, grow jobs

State Senator Jason Barickman has filed legislation designed to reduce some of the costs associated with hiring employees, with the goal of helping businesses to add more jobs.

Senate Bill 1539 would reform the current workers compensation system by clarifying when employers are liable for injuries, as well as tightening rules to help reduce abuse in the system.

Senate Bill 1648 would cap certain administrative fees related to unemployment insurance and improves the predictability in how and when the fees are paid.

“Everyone knows Illinois has a bad reputation for businesses, which makes it hard to grow jobs,” Barickman said. “When it costs more to hire people, it discourages businesses from adding employees. These two bills would do the opposite, making it more affordable to hire, which would encourage job growth.

“I believe these are two common-sense proposals that can help us add good-paying jobs and improve our business climate. I’m optimistic that we will be able to find support to help move these ideas forward.”

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Iroquois County EMA hosting weather spotter seminar

The Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will be hosting a Weather Spotter Seminar at the Crescent City Community Center at 6 pm March 11. The main presentation will be from the National Weather Service on how to spot severe weather.

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Kids Carnival in Watseka Sunday

The Watseka Park District is teaming up again with the Watseka Elks Lodge for the Annual Kids Carnival at Watseka High School.  Sunday's event is 1-3 pm.  Its'a Free event featuring games and activities for children Pre-K thru 5th grade.  This year's carnival features a Mardi Gras theme.  All children are welcome.

Park District Executive Director Sherry Johnson says the event is a planning challenge but a lot of fun.  All area children are welcome.

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