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Cissna Park FFA earns honors at State Convention

Members of the Cissna Park FFA chapter attended the 90th annual Illinois State FFA Convention June 12-14. They were among more than 5,000 other members, advisors and guests who took part.

The CP FFA members attended with their chapter advisor, Jeffrey Clifton.

Theme for the three-day event was “Be Bold.” The convention recognizes achievements of Illinois FFA members, elects the major state officer team, and celebrates agriculture. The convention program featured addresses by National FFA Southern Region vice president Ian Bennett of Georgia and from each of the retiring major state officers.

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Corn and Beans lookin' good in Illinois

Anyone who lives near a farm field in Illinois already knows that the state's corn and bean crops are off to a great start.

The numbers are clear. The United States Department of Agriculture's Mark Schleusener said that 81 percent of the Illinois' corn crop is good or excellent, and 77 percent of beans are the same.

The fields across Illinois tell the same story. In most places, Schleusener said, they are green and full.

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AMERICA'S RUN FOR THE FALLEN ... April 7 - August 5, 2018

Kankakee County is hosting America’s Run for the Fallen tomorrow (Tuesday).

The national effort is a military tribute, featuring several runners helping to cover individual miles for individually-recognized war heroes.

Tuesday’s event in Kankakee County is considered a ‘blazing tribute trail across the nation spanning 6,000 miles over 19 states in five-months. Volunteers, service organizations, veterans groups...will recognize nearly 20,000 fallen service members since the USS Cole.

The Run for the Fallen began at Fort Irwin, CA winds across country to Arlington National Cemetery.

Tuesday’s local event will pass Riverside Medical Center along Route 113 to Route 17 / Court Street to the Kankakee County Cthouse lawn where a brief ceremony is planned between 4-5 pm.

The Marine Corps Honor Guard will be involved. The Run resumes Wednesday with the journey making its way thru St. Anne on east into Indiana.

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Morocco fire damages home, no injury

Gregory and Katelyn Robinson are members of the Morocco, IN fire department. They became fire victims Saturday.

An emergency call to 9-1-1 at 9:40 am alerted Morocco fire to the Robinson residence at 414 > Main Street. Robinson and his infant son were able to escape the home OK.

Brook and Lake County fire personnel assisted Morocco firemen in keeping the fire contained to a bedroom. It was a window air-conditioning unit that triggered the fire which then spread to a mattress. There was heavy smoke damage throughout the house.

Foul play was not suspected. The State Fire Marshall will investigate.

Crib fire alerts Brook department ---

A hot ember from a brush fire set the roof of a crib on fire at the Brandon Walker residence Saturday afternoon. The Brook-Iroquois Township Fire Department answered the call with mutual aid from Morocco and Concord and Donovan from Illinois.

The fire was contained to the crib. No injury was reported.

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Watseka couple killed in weekend crash

Tragedy settled into the Watseka community on Father’s Day.

A two-vehicle accident just west of Watseka on Route 24 claimed the lives of John and Reta Dowling.

Authorities report their vehicle was eastbound on the curve, just west of the T.P. & W. railroad crossing, when it crossed the centerline colliding with another vehicle, which was westbound.

Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum said 84-year-old John Dowling was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, Reta, was pronounced dead at Carle Hospital in Urbana after initial treatment at IMH in Watseka.

The occupants of the westbound pickup truck were identified by Illinois State Police as 56-year-old Dennis Olp of Arizona and 56-year-old Diana Olp of Knox, IN. Their injuries were not life-threatening, according to police.

The Dowlings were both active community leaders.

John Dowling was a retired Unit Nine school principal, a former Iroquois County Board member and Middleport Township Supervisor. He and his wife were also active volunteers.
John was also a past-member of the IHSA Board of Directors.

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