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Jani Massey & Emily Duis; Kelsey Lubben & Meegan Massey top winners in Iroquois County 2013 Fair Talent Show >

A vocal duet by Jani Massey and Emily Duis captured first-place in the Junior Division at this year's Iroquois County Fair Talent Show. The girls sang "Home."

A vocal duet also earned top honors in the Senior Division. Kelsey Lubben and Meegan Massey teamed up to sing "Falling Slowly."

The four girls, respectively, will represent Iroquois County at the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs State Talent Contest next January in Springfield.

The 42nd annual Iroquois County Fair Talent Show hosted approximately 100 spectators and fans sitting inside and standing outside the 4-H Center to cheer their favorite contestants. Eight youth from the county entertained the crowd with their vocal performances as they vied for trophy picture frames and prize money. Also taking to the stage were last year's winning contestants in both the Junior and Senior Divisions.

During the fifty minute interim between division competitions, Lucas Sanor, the 2008 Iroquois County Fair Talent Show Senior Division winner, returned to the stage with his alto sax in his hand and a band of friends to accompany him.

Following both the Junior Division and Senior Division competitions, Mistress of Ceremonies, Jayne Henrichs, announced the winners. The 2013 Miss Iroquois County Fair Queen Kymber Nakaerts, of Clifton, presented the winning contestants with acrylic picture frames donated by Meier Brother Tire Service in Ashkum; winners also received ribbons and cash donations from the Iroquois County Fair Association. All contestants received participation ribbons at the conclusion of the show.

Jani Massey and Emily Duis, secured the Junior Division first place. The girls sang a vocal duet, "Home," accompanied by Jani on her guitar.

Dolly Murray, a vocalist, captured the second place honors in the Junior Division. Dolly, donned with roller skates on her feet, sang "Brand New Key." At the end of her performance, a member from the crowd, handed Dolly a key on a lanyard.

Mary Thrall, a vocalist, won third place in the Junior Division. Mary sang "Amazing Grace" a cappella.
Kelsey Lubben and Meegan Massey, a vocal duet, won the first place title in the Senior Division. The duo sang "Falling Slowly."

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NWS: Heat relief arrives

...HEAT ADVISORY HAS EXPIRED...

TEMPERATURES WILL SLOWLY DROP THROUGH THE 80S THIS EVENING AS A COLD FRONT MOVES ACROSS THE AREA OVERNIGHT.

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Bosch Tool Corporation plans to exit Watseka >

The notice comes from employees, who were notified this week. But there's yet to be an official announcement from the company.

But Robert Bosch Tool Corporation is leaving Watseka next year.

The closing of the Watseka facility will affect 126 workers. Several other employees at the Watseka plant were let go months ago when the company moved operations to another state.

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Bishop Mac student killed in traffic accident >

Details concerning a freak accident at Warner Bridge Road were still being put together, but the Kankakee County Coroner's office reports a high school student is dead after what may have been a prank.

18-year-old Kaelynn Fay of Kankakee was the victim. She was driving a vehicle that swerved to avoid a barricade that was placed in the middle of the road. Coroner Bob Gessner said the Fay vehicle ended up in a ditch.

Fay and her passenger climbed out of the vehicle, but she was then hit by a third vehicle.

Miss Fay was pronounced dead at Riverside Medical Center. No other injury was reported.

There is no road work in the area, so why the barricade was in the roadway is questioned.

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Sheldon Township files suit against wind farm owner over poor road work >

The owners of the Settlers Trail Wind Farm in Iroquois County are named as defendants in a lawsuit filed by township officials.

Sheldon Township is suing the wind farm owner, E.On Climate and Renewables North America LLC, for more than $1.8 million.

The township alleges that the company failed to adequately restore township roads used to build the 94-turbine wind farm in 2011.

The lawsuit, filed this week in Iroquois County, claims that road restoration work, which was required to be done by E.On as part of a "road upgrade and maintenance agreement," remains "deficient." The poor roads cover a five-mile radius."

A contractual agreement required E.On to repair all roads damaged during construction to their "pre-construction condition" or better.

The $1.8 million lawsuit, according to township officials, reflects the cost for having the necessary restoration work completed.

E.On has not offered comment on the lawsuit.

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