June 9 2005

On a new county jail...

Iroquois County board member Kathy Ebert, Onarga, dropped a bomb on the Gilman city council Monday night when she asked if Gilman had a site in the new industrial park that would make a suitable location for a new county jail should one be built.

Ebert is the chairman of the county board’s public safety committee who has beeh pushing for a new county jail and has been proposing that the new jail be funded by an increase in the county sales tax of one-half of one cent.

July 4th in Onarga...

Plans are underway for Onarga’s Independence Day celebration with most events planned for Saturday, July 2.

Fireworks will be at dusk on Sunday.

Thawville to take action on some properties...

Thawville board members have compiled a list of properties that are in violation of current ordinances and names of owners who continue to be in violation of ordinances will be turned over to the village attorney. Seven names will be given to the attorney at this time.

Crescent school merger...

Voters in the Crescent-Iroquois High School district and the Crescent City Grade School district voted to merge the two districts at the April election but the merger was legal until both houses of the legislature passed a bill on May 31.

June 16, 2005

Thawville Sgt. Wounded

Thawville native Sgt. Steven J. Allen remains hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. after losing his hand in action on May 20 where he was serving with the 57th Transportation Co. of the 10th Mountain Div. of Ft. Drum, NY.

Stakeout Leads To

Anhydrous Bust

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police were conducting surveillance on several fertilizer facilities on Saturday night in an attempt to identify and arrest those persons stealing anhydrous ammonia for the production of methamphetamine.

At one of the plants a vehicle was observed pulling onto the lot and stopping at an anhydrous tank. The persons in the car then opened the liquid valve of the tank and transferred the anhydrous ammonia into a plastic container. As the vehicle began to leave the plant deputies converged to make the stop.

The driver of the car refused to stop and resulted in a chase through Iroquois County and into Hoopeston.

Four IW Shooters Qualify

For Nationals

Four members of the Iroquois West High School rifle team have qualified for national competition to be held in Bloomington July 6-10. 

They are Levi Peters, Randi Sellek, Jess Brandt and Kyle Sellek. The team is coached by Jim Miller.