Santa Train visits area towns, Tree Lighting in Gilman
The Canadian National/Illinois Central Railroad's Annual Santa Train passed thru and stopped in several area communities Saturday and Sunday.
Quite a few children visited with Santa during stops Saturday in Gilman, Thawville, Roberts, Melvin and Gibson City. Sunday's stops were in Onarga, Danforth, Ashkum, Clifton and Chebanse.
Gilman also officially lit up its Christmas tree to set the mood for the season. The Iroquois West High School band provided holiday entertainment for the weekend occasion.... the "Light up Your Heart for Christmas" activity.
2013-2014 ILLINOIS FARM BUREAU® YOUNG LEADER COMMITTEE MEMBERS CHOSEN
CHICAGO — The Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Young Leader Committee elected its 2013-2014 committee members during the IFB Annual Meeting, held in Chicago, Dec. 7-10.
The committee members, which include Chair Jared Finegan of Ford-Iroquois County, Vice Chair Matt Rush of Wayne County, Secretary Matthew Starr of Hancock County, Achievement Sub-Committee Chair Daniel Gvillo of Madison County, Education and Recruitment Sub-Committee Chair Ryan Voorhees of Tazewell County and Governmental Affairs and Commodities Sub-Committee Chair Dale Pitstick of Kane County, will assume their positions at the end of the IFB Annual Meeting.
Members of the IFB Young Leaders are 18-35 year-old men and women who are passionate about farming. It is a member-created, member-driven program of the IFB that allows members to promote agriculture and compete in events, including the Young Leader achievement award, excellence in agriculture award, discussion meets, quiz bowl, membership contest, county chair award and young leader video contest.
Careful during your morning commute snow, ice on area roads
Most of the snow further to the south, but officials report area roadways are a bit slick this Monday morning. The winter storm system dumped several inches of snow and significant ice accumulations throughout much of Illinois.
The IDOT office at Ottawa reports I-57 is clear with a few scattered slick spots. Rural areas in Iroquois, Ford, Livingston and Kankakee counties have some slick roads. Roads are about 75% bare.
Light snow, some freezing drizzle and cold temperatures will make the morning commute a bit hazardous. The National Weather Service reports varied snow amounts.
Meteorologist James Auten said "With the temperatures not expected to get above freezing until Friday, drivers should be careful, especially early in the week."
Illinois State police reported several accidents along I-57 and I-74. Roads crews throughout Central Illinois were called out early Sunday morning to treat slick spots with salt. No serious injuries were reported as of Sunday night.
Southern Illinois was affected initially with accumulations of freezing rain, followed by a changeover to heavy snow. Snow totals of 8 to 12 inches were common between Interstate 70 and the Ohio River, with the heaviest passing through Mount Vernon to near Lawrenceville.
The forecast calls for cold temperatures today, with a high of 23 degrees, but with wind gusts as high as 23 miles per hour, dropping the wind chill factor to 3 degrees. Temperatures are expected to remain in the middle 20s Tuesday through Thursday. Friday's high is expected to be 33 degrees, but there is no precipitation in the forecast for the remainder of the week.
Cloonen’s “Fill the Bus” Event Collects Hundreds of Toys to Benefit Area Children
KANKAKEE, Ill. – As a part of her continuing efforts to ensure that area children in need have a present to open this holiday season, state Representative Kate Cloonen teamed up with several area businesses, including the Kankakee County Soldiers basketball team, and River Valley Metro for a successful "Fill the Bus" toy drive event last Saturday. Local families donated over 300 toys to "Fill the Bus" and all the donations from the event will go toward the 24th Annual Toy Drive.
Vermilion County Sheriff's Police report two teenagers were injured (Thurs) when a car and farm equipment collided. It happened near Rossville. One of the teens had to be extricated from the wreckage after the vehicle struck a chisel plow.
Sheriff's Police say the tractor did have the proper safety equipment – including flashing lights that were operating when the crash occurred shortly before 5:30 p.m. The driver of the tractor was uninjured. The accident happened near a bridge west of Rossville at 1300 East Road and 3550 North Road.
The un-identified girl driving the car said she saw the tractor, but did not see the chisel plow it was pulling.