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Four aldermen seated in Watseka

Three new aldermen joined one incumbent in taking theor respective oaths of office Tuesday night.  The elected office-holder were all winners in the April 7th Consolidated Election. 

John Allhands, Mark Garfield, and Charlie DeWitt are newcomers on the Watseka City Council. Incumbenr Dennis Cahoe was re-elected.  A vacancy in Ward 3 is yet to be filled.

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Memorial Day Services rally the cause for patriotism

Rain forced some services indoors, but Memorial Day events Monday stirred emotions, as they should, Americans gathering to pay respect for the freedom we enjoy.

Several area communities hosted services, either at cemeteries or at American Legion Homes. Churches also spent a few moments to pray for the veterans and their families.

In Watseka, VFW Post $7450 Commander Oscar Martin welcomed guests at the American Legion home. A morning shower moved the service indoors.

Veteran and former Watseka resident John Swan Jr. addressed visitors, talking about three personal friends he lost in war.

"The message here, Swan said, is we must never forget." The men and women who have given their lives must be remembered, always."

Other community services were held Monday and on Sunday.

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Roller coaster malfunction at Indiana Beach

MONTICELLO, Ind – A mechanical problem at Indiana Beach caused four people to be stuck on a roller coaster about 70 feet in the air Monday evening.

Monticello firefighters report the fire department got the call shortly before 7:30 pm. It involved the Steel Hawg roller coaster.

Crews say two adults, along with a 15-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy were upright, but on a curve when the coaster got stuck for an unknown reason.

Firefighters secured the car, then used a full body harness to move each person to a man-lift and down to the ground.
The last person was on the ground a little after 9 p.m.
Everyone was okay and released.

Firefighters say the car was left on the track so that personnel could figure out what caused the malfunction.

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Montoya Wins Indy 500

(Indianapolis, IN) -- Juan Pablo Montoya won the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. Montoya came all the way back from 30th place to win the Indy 500 for the second time in his career. Montoya's other Indy 500 victory came in 2000. Montoya surged to the finish line after making a late pass of Will Power, who finished second. Charlie Kimball, Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal rounded out the top-five.

The race was heard on 94.1 WGFA, Watseka.

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Safe boating tips suggested by conservation police

Conservation Officers are joining forces in observing National Safe Boating week. The public awareness campaign happens to fall on the weekend that some consider the kickoff to boating season.

Conservation officers are reminding boaters to know the rules of the water.

Not everyone knows the laws. Officers remind boat operators to have an updated boat registration available, a life jacket for each person on the boat, and a fire extinguisher on board.

Drinking alcohol is allowed on the boat but operators must stay under the legal limit. Conservation officers strongly suggest a designated driver.

Although not required by law, children playing along the shoreline or on a dock should wear a life jacket. A drowning can occur quickly, with little or no sign the victim is struggling.

Conservation Officers offer some safe boating tips:

1. Be a defensive boat operator...creating distance from other boats equals more reaction time.

2. Adjust your speed for the conditions...if visibility is poor, or the water is rough, slow down.

3. Turn off the boat while entering or exiting the water.

4. If you could still be out on the water after dark, check your navigational lights before leaving the dock or ramp.

5. Each boat operator is responsible for doing whatever they can to avoid an accident. Don't expect other boaters to move out of your way.

Boaters are reminded to contact 9-1-1 in an emergency and report to authorities if you observe another boat operator acting in an unsafe manner.

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