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Silver Alert for missing Indiana teenager

A Silver Alert has been issued for a missing Rossville, Indiana teen. , who may be in danger.

The Clinton County Sheriff's Office reports 19-year-old Jennifer Cossette could be in danger. The alert was issued Wednesday afternoon.

Cossette is described as 5 - 3, 120 pounds, with long brown hair and brown eyes.

Police said said she was last seen Tuesday at 9:30 pm in Lafayette. She was wearing a black and white striped tank top, red shorts and black and white shoes.

Cossette may be disoriented and require medical assistance.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or contact the Clinton County Sheriff's Office at 765-654-5563.

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CORNERSTONE CAFÉ RECEIVES COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANT

             The Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley Awards $4,000

ONARGA, Ill. – Onarga Academy is pleased to announce that the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley has awarded $4,000 to Onarga Academy for the Cornerstone Café & Gallery’s kitchen development.

“We here at the Café are overwhelmed and extremely humbled at the reception of our vision for our commercial kitchen,” said Debra Foulks, Vocational Business Specialist and Café Manager. “We have found friends we didn’t know were on our path, such as the Community Foundation. As we inch closer to our goal we become more energized and excited about all the opportunities that await our boys and how this will empower them toward a successful life once they leave our campus.” The Café is on its way to building a commercial-grade kitchen to further develop our youth’s culinary skills, and allowing the Café to serve lunches to the community.

The Café has proven to provide job training, social skills and workplace skills that will benefit our youth beyond treatment. The Café, which does not have a kitchen, has focused on serving handcrafted lattes, smoothies, and other specialty drinks, along with pre-made pastries.

The Cornerstone Café has grown to the point that, in order to best serve our employees and the community, we must expand to include a kitchen. The expansion will allow the Café to stay open later, serve lunch items in addition to the current menu, employ more youth, and provide more opportunities for skill development for the youth.   (info submitted)

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Army Veteran Gilbert Fanning leads July 4th parade in Watseka

U.S. Army veteran Gilbert Fanning says "never forget how we got our freedom."  He lead the July 4th Parade Tuesday and said he was honored to have been asked to serve as grand marshall.

"It's a Grand Old Flag" was the theme of the annual parade sponsored by the city of Watseka and the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Parade Winners >

Best Use of Theme:  Watseka First United Methodist Church

Best Commercial Entry:  Iroquois County Historical Society & Geneaology

Best Farm Entry:   Kailei Harms

Best Children's Entry:  First Christian Church

Best Religious Entry:  Calvary Lutheran Church & Pre-School

Best Walking Unit:  Walver Family

Best Decorated Emergency Unit:  Gilman Fire Department

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Vermilion County Coroner identifies victim of bike-train mishap

The 13-year-old boy struck and killed by a train in Danville last week is now identified as Deon Jackson of Danville. Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden said the boy was pronounced dead at Presence United Samaritan Medical Center.

The bike-train collision happened last Friday (6/30). The boy was struck while riding his bicycle along Griffin Street about 4 pm. The site of the accident has two sets of tracks, protected only by crossing arms and lights. There are no gates.

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Critical Red Cross blood shortage prompts emergency call for donations

                                  Give blood or platelets now and help save lives

The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives.

Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days.

How to Help
To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Summer Months Lead to Shortage
Blood shortages often worsen around Independence Day due to many fewer volunteer-hosted blood drives at places of work, worship or community gathering, and this year is no exception. Nearly 700 fewer blood drives are scheduled during the Independence Day week than the weeks before and after the holiday.

Overall, the summer months are among the most challenging times of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they vacation and participate in summer activities. In a recent survey of Red Cross blood donors, more than 73 percent indicated vacation plans this summer, many of them occurring the weeks before and after Independence Day.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 5-25
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Dewitt County >

Clinton
7/26/2017: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., DeWitt Savings Bank, 302 W. Main St
8/3/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., St. John's Hall, 514 North Monroe

Farmer City
7/17/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion, 755 Stensel Drive
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Ford County >

Gibson City
7/5/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Gibson City American Lutheran Church, 905 East 1st Street
8/2/2017: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Gibson City Melvin-Sibley High School, 815 North Church Street
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Iroquois County >

Cissna Park
7/12/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion, 124 South Second Street

Gilman
7/6/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran, 116 N. Thomas

Watseka
7/5/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 301 S.Fourth
7/28/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Heritage Woods of Watseka, 577 E Martin Ave
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Kankakee County >

Aroma Park
7/22/2017: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., United Methodist Church, 3rd and Division

Bourbonnais
7/6/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
7/7/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Northfield Square Mall, 1600 N. St. Rt. 50
7/13/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
7/20/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
7/27/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
8/3/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive

Bradley
7/10/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Moose Lodge, 730 N Kinzie Ave

Herscher
7/25/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 225 E. Third
8/3/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Herscher Christian Church, 30 Tobey Drive

Kankakee
7/21/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Kankakee County Courthouse, 450 E. Court St.
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Livingston County >

Cullom
7/5/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., St. John's Lutheran Church, PO Box 275

Fairbury
7/26/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Maple Street

Flanagan
7/24/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., American Legion, Main Street

Odell
7/13/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 108 Tremont Street

Pontiac
7/26/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., VFW, 531 Lincoln Avenue

Vermilion County >

Hoopeston
7/31/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 915 E. Orange St. P.O. Box 297
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For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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