Emergency dispatch centers were busy fielding calls Saturday night from citizens questioning what a loud boom was all about --- an explosion-sound that could be heard in at least a five-county area. The boom shook homes and rattled windows.
The effects of the startling-boom was heard in much of Ford, Iroquois and parts of Champaign counties. Folks in Benton and Warren counties in Indiana also reported hearing the loud boom.
It's an annual program. And the Cissna Park American Legion is actively involved. The Wreaths Across America program will honor military veterans.
There's more than 1200 locations across the country where the Wreaths Across America observance will be held on Saturday, December 15. Wreaths will be placed on the graves of military veterans. Volunteers are invited to join organizations that promote the event. The mission is to remember, honor and teach - ensuring that the memory of those who served our country endures.
The Danville National Cemetery also joins the many other locations in the observance. Tammy Williams, the local coordinator, said over 4,000 wreaths will be placed on graves at the Danville National Cemetery. It follows a ceremony at 11 am, east of the V A Illiana Health Care Medical Center.
At Cissna Park -- the American Legion Post 527 conducts its 11 am program on the east side of the park near the memorial cross.
Post Commander Brian Moser will ask visitors for a moment of silence to respect past and present military personnel and for those still missing in action or unaccounted for. Cissna Park FFA students will carry American flags, the American Legion Color Guard will present the colors, and Veterans of the military will carry service flags assisted by The Sons of the American Legion carrying the memorial wreaths.
Participants will then lay the wreaths, visiting any of eight cemeteries the Cissna Park Legion honors --- Amity, Apostolic, Ash Grove, Cissna Park, Pitch In, Schwer, St. Paul's Woodworth or Trinity.
A total of 405 veterans are at rest at these eight cemeteries. Forty addtional wreaths will be layed at the Rankin Cemetery.
American Legion Post 527 welcomes all in honoring those who have served our country.
The Kankakee Community College Board of Trustees has chosen two finalists for the position of college president.
Dr. Laurie Chesley of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Dr. Michael Boyd of Manteno will be interviewed early in the new year. The KCC Board plans to make a decision by January 14 to replace the retiring Dr. John Avendano.
Avendano has served as President since 2009. He retires June 30.
The community, KCC students and employees are invited to attend open forum sessions with the finalists, at the college from 2-4 p.m. in Room L110 on the dates of the interviews, Jan. 9 and 10.
“Members of the board are pleased that we had more than 20 applicants,” said Board Chairman Pat Martin. “It was a strong, diverse pool and we look forward to spending time with the two finalists.”
A man is dead after his car left the roadway and caught fire southeast of Demotte. The Jasper County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to the single-vehicle crash south of County Road 1050 north of U.S. 231 Tuesday afternoon.
Around 4 p.m., deputies said 43-year-old Daniel Builta of Rensselaer drove off the road for unknown reasons. His car hit an embankment and went airborne. Deputies said it then landed on its top and became engulfed in flames.
Witnesses were unable to remove Builta from the vehicle. His body was found inside the car when first responders arrived. The Jasper County Coroner identified Builta and declared him dead.
Vermilion County Sheriff’s Deputies and Illinois State Troopers are on the scene of a serious crash along Illinois Route 1. The route will remain closed during the investigation. Traffic was being detoured around the crash site as of 9 am today (Friday).
No details have been available. Bismarck Fire and Ambulance personnel were on the scene.