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Missing Paxton man located in Missouri

Paxton Police report a 25-year-old Paxton man missing for several days was found unharmed in Missouri. Blake Thorne was located Wednesday (7/20).

Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane reports Thorne was located in eastern Missouri. He was not harmed in any way.

Police “pinged” his phone to determine his whereabouts.
There was no immediate word as to why Thorne was in Missouri nor why he was the subject of a ‘Missing Person Report.’

Mrs. Stacy Thorne reported her husband missing July 18. Police learned he had not been to work, although he told his wife by phone he was still at a job-site out of town.

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...HOT AND EXTREMELY HUMID CONDITIONS IN PLACE... ...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT SATURDAY... * TEMPERATURE...MID 90S TODAY AND FRIDAY THEN LOWER 90S SATURDAY. * MAXIMUM HEAT INDEX VALUES...105 TO 115 DEGREES THIS AFTERNOON AND FRIDAY...102 TO 107 DEGREES ON SATURDAY. * IMPACTS...TEMPERATURES AND MOISTURE THIS HIGH COULD LEAD TO HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES WITH PROLONGED EXPOSURE. THE ELDERLY...SMALL CHILDREN AND PETS ARE ESPECIALLY SUSCEPTIBLE. PLAN AHEAD. HAVE A COOL PLACE TO SHELTER FROM THE HEAT. AVOID OUTDOOR ACTIVITY DURING THE AFTERNOON.

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Olivia Claire crowned Iroquois Fair Queen

The Iroquois County Fair 2016 unfolded Wednesday night with a new queen crowned.  Twenty-year-old Olivia Claire of Watseka was the judges' choice out of a field of seven contestants. Olivia is the daughter of Jeff and the late Marybeth Claire.

Olivia is a student at Western Illinois University where she's majoring in Agriculture Science.  She's an 11-year 4-H veteran.

Gwendolyn Orr of Gilman was 1st-runner-up.  Abby Fischer of Watseka was 2nd runner-up.  Miss Congeniality went to Alison Hull of Clifton.

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Aqua Illinois offers $10.5 million for Watseka water works

A public hearing is the next step in Watseka now that Aqua Illinois has formally offered the city $10.5 million for the purchase of the city’s water system and wastewater treatment facility.

Local residents can now ask questions and learn more about any proposed sale of the water system. Taxpaying citizens are invited to a 6 pm public hearing next Tuesday, July 26 at City Hall.

Aldermen want the public to be well-informed.

Aqua Illinois made its formal sale offer to the Finance committee Tuesday night.

The $10.5 million from the sale could be channeled toward infrastructure upgrades. But nothing’s firm as how any sale money would be used.

Aqua Illinois’ proposal would nearly double the rates for taxpayers. Mayor Bob Harwood said should the city take back the water system and operate itself, rates would most likely more than double.

The city water system and waste water treatment plant is currently operated by ERH Enterprises of Westville (IL).

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25-year-old Paxton man missing

A Paxton man reported missing by his wife is the subject of a ‘Missing Person Report.” Paxton police and Ford County CrimeStoppers are asking anyone with information about the whereabouts of Blake Thorne to contact authorities.

The 25-year-old Paxton man has been missing for several days.

It was Monday morning (July 18) when Mrs. Stacy Thorne reported her husband had not been seen or heard from since last Wednesday, July 13.

Blake Thorne was last seen driving away from his home in a red four-door 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt, with Illinois license plate L850800.

Anyone with information about Blake Thorne’s whereabouts is asked to call Paxton police at 217-379-4315 or Ford County Crimestoppers at 217-784-4173.

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