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Grant Park Fire damages building

Grant Park fire officials were investigating the cause of a fire Thursday morning that damaged a maintenance building. There was no injury reported. 

A handful of area fire departments were dispatched around 8 am. Local firemen found flames shooting 30 feet into the air from the building in the 200-block of N. Stanley.

There was maintenance equipment, including a tractor in the building. The amount of damage was still being processed.

Firemen cautiously protected the flames from a neighboring lumberyard and a manufacturing center.

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KAMEG arrests 4 on drug, weapons charges

Four Kankakee men were arrested on a string of drug and weapons charges Wednesday following a police bust that resulted in two guns, heroin, crack and marijuana being seized.

Three of the men were ex-cons.

The Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG), arrested 24-year-old Dewitt Holbrook; 29-year-old Marco Ewing; 22-year-old Ladarrell Riley and 21-year-old Ricky Jones. They were in a home in the 400 block of South Rosewood Avenue.

All four suspects were found inside a bathroom as they unsuccessfully attempted to flush nearly four grams of heroin and crack,

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Willard Airport looks east for more flights

SAVOY -- Willard Airport may be offering some new East Coast destinations. The airport received a federal grant dedicated to small community air service.

The $500,000 will be spent on flights out east. Washington D.C. is the main goal. Right now, the airport only offers flights to Chicago's O'Hare and Dallas-Fort Worth. UI students who live on the East Coast are forced to use connecting flights to get home.

Willard needs a few more months to figure out what airlines and airports would be involved. In the meantime, it has added one more round-trip flight to O'Hare making it six a day.

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New Direction for Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department

Ford-Iroquois Department of Public

Health meets with new direction

GILMAN – New members and perhaps, new direction may be the order of business for the recently-overhauled Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department. The Board of Health gathered in Gilman Tuesday night for its first meeting with newly-appointed members from Iroquois County.

Lauren Luecke joined Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas as representatives for Iroquois County. Member Michelle Fairley was absent. Her job responsibilities at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, it was mentioned, prevented her attendance at the meeting.

Luecke and Fairley, last month, were appointed by the Iroquois County Board. Three other past members were ousted by the County Board.

Attorney Ron Boyer, representing the Ford-Iroquois Health Board, offered a few suggestions at the start, telling the board it may be wise and most-beneficial to "try and get along and get on with business," and put to rest recent threats of lawsuits.

Public Health Administrator Doug Corbett spent a good bunch of the meeting time explaining the department's many contractual arrangements, many of them thru grants. He also explained claims and detailed some of the expenses included in the department's budget.

Attendees commented about the mild-mannered, civil attitude during the meeting. Iroquois County Board members in attendance, Ernie Curtis and Marvin Stichnoth, agreed 'it's too bad this approach of sitting down and talking didn't happen weeks ago, before the controversy and allegations surfaced into newspaper headlines.

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Fire Victim identified in fatal Benton County Blaze

A Benton County woman is dead after a house fire Tuesday afternoon. Benton County Sheriff Butch Pritchett identified 63-year-old Linda Spicer as the victim.

The emergency call came in shortly before 1 p.m. on State Road 71, south of Kentland.

Earl park firemen answered the emergency call to find the house engulfed. Investigators believe it began in the area of the garage but the cause is unknown.

The state fire marshal's office is investigating.

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