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National Farm Safety & Health Week

Combines are rolling for the fall harvest. And this is National Farm Safety and Health Week. Motorists are urged to stay alert for slow-moving farm equipment on rural and state routes.

Safety experts advise drivers to watch out for the SMV emblems and be prepared to move over to allow the larger farm machinery to pass. Patience is key during the harvest.

Farmers should also be aware not all drivers pay close attention to slow-moving farm equipment, so precautionary measures are necessary.

The CDC reports that farming is the 6th most dangerous occupation in America.

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Fatal crash at Lake Village, IN

The Newton County Sheriff’s Department responded a fatal crash Sunday in Lake Village. The report indicated a vehicle struck a utility pole on State Road 10 east of US 41.

33-year-old Robert Tyson of Lake Station, Indiana was eastbound on State Road 10 when the vehicle ran a stop light at the intersection of State Road 10 and US 41. The vehicle then lost control and went off the road, causing the vehicle to strike a utility pole.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is still under investigation.


Herscher man seriously injured in pick-up vs Semi collision--

85-year-old Laverne Schultz was air-lifted to Loyola Medical Center after his pickup hit the side of the semi tractor-trailer on Illinois Route 115 at Lehigh Road.

State Police reported the semi driver, from Iowa, failed to yield at the stop intersection. The semi driver was ticketed for failure to yield.

The accident happened at 10 am Sunday in Kankakee County.

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Martinton: Fire & EMS “Day in the Park”

A great cause and a fun weekend planned for the Village of Martinton. The community’s fire and ambulance service is hosting the ‘Day in the Park” event. Friday and Saturday activities will help fundraise for the local emergency services, according to Dawn Brault...

"Proceeds always go to fire and ambulance to upgrade equipment," Brault said.

The Day in the Park has always been a popular fundraiser. Dawn says there’s fun for all...

" Friday evening there's a movie in the park for the kids. There's refreshments and food. Brault also points out the community Food Pantry is a county-wide program; "a lot of people benefit, so this is a thank you too."

The Food Pantry folks are serving a breakfast Saturday morning from 9 'til Noon.

A medical emergency helicopter also plans to land for a educational session.

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Murder at Fairview Motel in Kankakee ?

An autopsy was scheduled today (Thurs) as police are investigating the apparent murder of a woman found Wednesday morning at Fairview Courts Motel on S. Schuyler Avenue in Kankakee.

The Daily-Journal reports 35-year-old Jamie L. Jones of Momence was found in a room by a motel manager.

Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police report wounds suffered by the woman “did not appear to be self-inflicted.”

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Watseka: truck routes questioned again

Another fall harvest season is underway. And a continuing issue is raised again in the city of Watseka. Where and what are the designated truck routes ?

Wear & tear on city streets always points to heavy truck traffic using routes they shouldn’t be on. But then, the question arises – are designed-routes properly posted ?

Mayor John Allhands says "we need to decide the roads to post and how to post them."

The issue was discussed again at this week’s Public Works Committee and Public Safety meetings.

Alderman Dennis Cahoe raised the issue last year. The city officials did meet with local farmers but it’s never been resolved.

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