Jasper County Sheriff's Deputies report 28-year-old Andy Crimmins died when his moped crashed into a utility pole. He was found by his father lying unresponsive along County Road 630 West, west of Remington.
Police reported Crimmins left his house Wednesday night to get some food. When he didn't return by one o'clock Thursday morning, his parents started looking for him. Deputies said Crimmins showed signs of extreme head trauma and was not wearing a helmet.
Andy Crimmins is the son of Tri-County School Corporation Superintendent, Gilbert Crimmins.
Iroquois County’s unemployment rate last month remained steady, dropping a bit, to 8.2%. It’s down from 8.6 in July of 2011.
The Ford County rate is at 9.7….up from last year’s 9.1 Livingston County is listed at 8.5…also down from the 2011 level of 9.2 %. IDES spokesman Greg Rivara said the fluctuations are part of a stable recovery.
“The economy is improving; overall we’re doing better than we were a year ago and two years ago,” Rivara said. “When looking at the monthly data, we’re seeing numbers that are moving up or moving down ever so slightly. But when we step back and look at the trend, we see that trend line moving downward.”
Over the year, McLean County had an increase of 300 jobs in non-farm positions, ending the month with 88,500 jobs, compared to 88,200 in July 2011. Leisure and hospitality and government saw the biggest gains with 600 and 400 new jobs, respectively. Declines took place in retail trade, where 500 jobs were lost.
Across the state, the July unemployment rate fell in five metro areas, increased in four and remained unchanged in three, compared to last year.
“Today’s data reflects the nature of this uneven recovery with several, but not all, areas of our state showing an improved employment situation,” said IDES Director Jay Rowell in a prepared statement. “Stronger consumer confidence nationally is needed for the employment situation to consistently improve in all corners of our state.”
Other Central Illinois counties and their July (July 2011) rates include: DeWitt, 8.2 percent (8.5 percent); Ford, 9.7 percent (9.1 percent); Iroquois, 8.2 percent (8.6 percent); LaSalle, 11.5 percent (11.5 percent); Livingston, 8.5 percent (9.2 percent.
New School Year Calls for Drivers Reminders about School Zone Safety Issues
There’s plenty of drivers that need reminders about driving in school zones. And school crossing guards are quick to say how often they see motorists not paying attention in school zones..
School guards are already making noise about the drivers they see speeding, or on their cellphones, or totally ignorant of the fact that they're in a school zone.
Police are also reinforcing the message here, early in the new school year, that safety is their first priority. And if you’re on a cellphone, texting, or speeding….you’re gonna pay. Stiff fines and reinforced laws don’t allow for negligence behind the wheel.
WATSEKA -- Mr. Simpson. That’s Troy Simpson, an 8th grade science teacher who readily admits he takes learning beyond the classroom.
And his amateur radio handle, W9KVR, is spanning the globe along with his junior-high science students on W9GRS. Students at the Glenn Raymond School in Watseka are active members of Simpson’s Science Club, which just a few short years ago celebrated its 30th anniversary.
Today, the School Club Round-Up (SCR) has students excited with amateur radio; the young Hams reaching far and wide with radio waves to make contacts across the world. Simpson says “the world’s a wave-length away and he loves bringing technology into his lesson plans.
The big reward is the September issue of Monitoring Times magazine, featuring Simpson’s “Amateur Radio in the Classroom” article, which ties nicely to the Iroquois County Amateur Radio Club (ICARC)…….
The support from the Unit Nine School administration and the local Ham radio club has stirred interest from the 6th thru 8th grade students. Successful grant applications have enhanced the effort with equipment and real-life emergency communications, according to Simpson……….