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Memorial planned for Flight 4184 families…

                                        Newton County plane crash still vivid for many

ROSELAWN -- In what has become an annual ritual, family members of those who perished in American Eagle Flight 4184 will gather at 3:30 p.m Thursday to mark the 19th anniversary of the Oct. 31 crash.

Jennifer Stansberry Miller will travel from Indianapolis to attend the informal roadside service as she has done nearly every year since her brother Brad Stansberry died.
"I was in college and 21 when it happened," said Miller, who is now a social worker and mother. She said she couldn't have imagined then the anniversary would be observed nearly two decades later.

Neither can Julie Gunter and her mother, Helen Mudd, who at the time were emergency medical technicians. They remember the day and have donated their time and talents to help others in their remembrances since.

Gunter said they knew the sadness of lives lost from their professional lives and wanted to memorialize the tragedy in the crosses they erected and which still stand as a stark reminder of that Halloween 19 years ago.
The Families of 4184, which advocated for what became the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act of 1996, plan a permanent memorial at the site where 68 people plummeted to their deaths through freezing rain and into a Newton County soybean field.

They envision a roadside memorial garden. Fundraising efforts to bring that to fruition are underway.
They said they have also been approached to consider hosting a public forum on the act and its creation and purpose as well as on the Flight 4184 investigation. A former National Transportation Safety Board investigator has offered to speak.

Miller said the Families of 4184 want to know if its something of interest to the Northwest Indiana community and if an area organization would be interested in hosting it.

Miller said more about the act can be learned at http://flight4184.weebly.com/adfaa-of-1996.html.
Those interested in seeing the design for the roadside memorial garden or to donate can go online to www.flight4184.weebly.com

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Danville woman dies in Vermilion County crash

A fatal crash on I-74 in Vermilion County Tuesday morning claimed the life of a Danville woman. 21-year-old Kristian Hayden was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:18 am, according to County Coroner Peggy Johnson.

Ms. Hayden was the driver of a vehicle that ran off the interstate. The vehicle went into a ravine, struck concrete culverts, and caught fire. An autopsy conducted Tuesday afternoon confirmed her identity using dental records.

The accident is still under investigation by the Vermilion County Coroner's Office and the Illinois State Police.

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KCC extends invite for “Reg Fest” November 7th

A Nov. 7 event at KCC will give prospective students an opportunity to test, advise and register for classes in one stop.

At the "Reg Fest," Thursday, Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., prospective (and current) students will get information about KCC programs, take admissions tests, meet advisers, register and apply for financial aid. Compass placement testing will be open from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Students should bring a photo ID, their high school transcripts, ACT scores if they have them, and a copy of their most recent tax return to apply for financial aid. Students coming to KCC after attending another college should bring in either official or unofficial college transcripts.

"The event is organized so that students can accomplish a variety of goals," said Denise Burklow, coordinator of recruitment services at KCC. "For those who want to leisurely explore what KCC offers, several program coordinators and advisers will be on hand to provide information. But, for busy people who want to tackle all the enrollment pieces in one day, we're offering computerized testing, course selections and registration."

KCC advisers and financial aid specialists will be available to assist with applications and information.

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Drug Take-Back disposes of 500 pounds of old meds

Law enforcement authorities are calling the recent "Drug Take-Back Day" a success.

On Saturday, October 26, 2013, the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group , Bourbonnais Police Department, Bradley Police Department and the Kankakee Police Department partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. KAMEG Director Aaron Harsy reported that the event was a success and that five hundred and sixty six pounds of unwanted prescription drugs were turned in for disposal in Kankakee County alone.

KAMEG reminds the public to call KAMEG at (815) 933-1710 or visit www.kameg.org to report non-emergency information about drug dealing and gang problems. We recognize our partnership with the public is important for quality of life issues for our citizens and children.

KAMEG is comprised of personnel from the Bourbonnais, Bradley, and Kankakee Police Departments, as well as the Illinois State Police and the Kankakee County State's Attorney's Office.

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Benton School Corporation without a Superintendent

There's no school superintendent in charge yet in the Benton School Corporation in Indiana.

Monday was the first official day on the job for North Newton Superintendent Destin Haas after a controversial end to his tenure as the Benton Community Schools Superintendent earlier this month.

The Benton Board of Education is reportedly working on a plan while a search is underway for a new superintendent. Options include promoting an interim superintendent or contracting the job out.

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