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White County, IN: Fatal crash closes I-65

A North Carolina man was killed (Saturday) when two tractor-trailers collided on I-65 in White County, IN. The northbound lanes were closed for 12 hours. Indiana State Police reported the accident about 7:10 am north of the U.S. 231 exit.

Investigators say a tractor trailer driven by David A. Williamson of North Carolina failed to stop at backed up traffic. Williamson rear-ended another tractor trailer. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other tractor trailer was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Cargo from the trailers spilled onto both northbound lanes, closing the road until 7 pm.

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Watseka mourns loss of "Dr. John"

Long-time Watseka orthodontist and friend to many...Dr. John Martin... has died. The popular, always-smiling “Dr. John” lost his 30-plus year battle with cancer Wednesday. He died at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee.

Dr, John was always smiling, always encouraging others despite his own health issues. Friends and family always noticed his zest for life, his practical jokes, and a his reminder to so many people that “once a neighbor, always a neighbor’ and “friends and family are price-less.”

Dr. John practiced in Watseka for over 47 years, reaching out to over 70,000 people with his professional service and that beaming smile.

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Indiana woman dies in Iroquois County crash

A 42-year-old Schneider, IN woman is dead after a two-vehicle crash Wednesday night in Iroquois County. Melissa Trueblood died of injuries at Riverside Hospital. State Police reported her southbound pickup truck crossed the center lane on Illinois Route 49 near 2400 N Road. The truck hit a northbound car driven by 24-yr-old Andrew Lesch of Papineau. Trueblood’s pickup then overturned.

Both drivers and passengers in both vehicles were taken to Riverside. The extent of injuries to 23-yr-old Elizabeth Ostrowski of Kankakee and a 4-yr-old in the Trueblood pickup wasn’t known. Police investigated just before 11:30 pm.

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Summer events: Old Settlers at Cissna Park, Sheldon Fun Days, Fairbury Fair

Cissna Park’s 130th Old Settlers Reunion is one of the area’s weekend events. It begins today (Thursday) with activities in the village park. The event, one of the state of Illinois’ longest running observances, runs through Saturday. It’s sponsored by the Cissna Park American Legion Post #527.

The community bandstand features entertainment all three nights – Jani & Craig Massey at 8 pm today, Modern Cowboyz Friday and the Dixie Crush at 8 pm Saturday.

The Old Settlers Parade is at Noon Saturday.

Sheldon Parade -- 2pm Sunday >

The Grand Parade steps off at 2 pm for Sheldon Fun Days. The three-day event runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Slow Boys Tractor Club Ride, the Little Mister & Miss Fun Days Pageant are featured Friday. The Ram Run 5K and Kids Fun Run gets Saturday activites started followed by the Antique Tractor & Engine Show. There’s a Petting Zoo and Sheldon Alumni Social and a Free Teen Dance.

The Community Worship Service Sunday is at 10:30. And the parade at 2 pm

The 141st annual Fairbury Fair began Wednesday.....

There was an opportunity to donate blood at the Red Cross Bloodmobile, a rooster crowing contest, a DJ under the beer tent and carnival rides.

Thursday is Day Care Day with a free gate until 3 p.m. with ticket deals for rides, a meat goat show and a DJ in the beer tent.

Friday includes a euchre tournament, carnival rides, demolition derby and Jury’s Out performs under the beer tent in the evening.

Saturday’s 5K run or two mile walk starts off the day bright and early, followed by a kids Baggo tournament, carnival rides and racing at the speedway with more music at the beer tent.

Sunday ends the fair with a community worship service at the grandstands, antique farm equipment displays, a chili cook-off.

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Iroquois County tax deadline August 21st

Iroquois County Treasurer, Mindy Kuntz Hagan, announced that the deadline to pay the second installment of real estate taxes without penalty is Monday, August 21, 2017. After that date, 1 ½ percent interest on all property must be added to the 2nd installment each month it remains unpaid according to the Illinois State Statutes. The interest rate on the first installment will be 4 1/2 percent after August 21, 2017.

The Treasurer’s Office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To avoid waiting in line, you may also pay by mail or at any bank in the county. If the postmark reads August 21, 2017, the payment will not be late. There is also a drop box on the south side of the Administrative Center near the 911 Center.

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