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Golf cart parade in Manteno tonight

The village of Manteno is taking advantage of the growing popularity in recent years of Illinois cities that have allowed golf carts on village/city streets.

Manteno's first ever golf cart parade kicks off this (Friday) at 6:45 in Heritage Park. Village Event Planner Sarah Marion says expect the parade entries to show their creativity in a big way.

"We encourage people to get creative with their golf cart. We just don't want candy throwing during the parade," Marion said. "We have a convenient charm about our community."

Marion says golf cart owners from outside the community have asked to join the parade as well. More information about the parade and about the town is online at www.villageofmanteno.com

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Watseka Christian camp invites visitors

The Prairie States Christian Service Camp, just south of Watseka, extends a invitation to area youth to share the experience of an overnight camp while meeting other area kids.  Visitors can stop by the camp at 1681N  County Highway 43, call 815-432-3578, or visit the website www.prairiestatescamp.com

The camp's location is about a mile and a-half toward Woodland, if heading out of Watseka on 2nd Street.

Prairie States Christian Camp offers several activities.  Each day Bible classes and Worship services are held, meals are shared, and there's talent and music shows.  

Camp Manager Dustin Wells says the mission and purpose is to teach young people about Jesus and facilitate that by making it a good experience.  And the cost for camp is affordable at just $100 for a full week, including meals, program offerings ans snacks. Camp management can work with parents if the price is an issue.

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Rep. Anthony resigns from House seat

State Representative John Anthony announced he's resigning his seat effective Friday, June 17th. He's accepted a position with the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Anthony was appointed to the seat in 75th district in August of 2013 to fill a vacancy after former Rep Pam Roth left her seat. Anthony previously served in law enforcement, starting with the Champaign Police Department in 2005 and then joined the Kendall County Sheriff's Department in 2008.

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Vietnam War 50th Anniversary at Manteno

Plans are in place at the Manteno Veterans' Home for the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War.

American heroes will be honored July 9th during a program scheduled for 9 am.

Stanley Stam, Business Administrator at the Veterans Home, says the often and one-time neglected Vietnam vets will get their much-deserved recognition. Stam said the military family will step up to pay respect.

"We partner with several military families and conduct such programs every year. We look forward to honoring these Vietnam heroes that were never formally recognized," Stam said.

The public is welcome.

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Indiana Beach open for business; Campground death not due to park negligence

Officials at Indiana Beach in Monticello want the public to know they are open for business and the park is safe. The recent death of a young camper was not because of any negligence.

Ten-year-old Blaike Glassburn, of Mishawaka, Indiana, was killed Tuesday morning when a tree branch fell onto his tent at the Indiana Beach Campground.

The tragedy was out of anyone's control. An amusement park official called it "an act of God. It could happen anywhere at any time."

That act of God was a thunderstorm at the Indiana Beach Campground Tuesday morning, and Indiana Beach Marketing Director Don Hurd said it led to the Glassburn's death.

Hurd said, "This was not an incident with the rides. It was an incident that happened at the campground, unfortunately, during a heavy thunderstorm. Those type of things we really can't control."

Glassburn was camping with family when a thunderstorm began to pass through the area. Hurd said the storm rolled in quickly and strong winds caused a large limb to break and fall onto Glassburn's tent.

Glassburn was pronounced dead at a local hospital Tuesday.

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