The 300 block of West Patton Street in Paxton will be a little darker this holiday season. 29 year old Victor Johnson’s annual lighted holiday display featuring 140,000 lights synchronized to music will not be set up this year. Johnson tells the Ford County Record that the weather has put him at least a week behind with no ability to work on the roof. Johnson says it takes hundreds of hours to set up the display each year. He hopes to resume the tradition for Christmas of 2019.
Sources are telling us today that the old Ultra Foods location off Kennedy Drive in Kankakee, will be transformed into a U-Haul Storage area and Truck Rental facility. We’re told when the makeover is completed the inside of the building will be lined with various size storage areas. Opening is anticipated in the first quarter of next year. There’s no comment yet from Kankakee or company officials.
Longtime Kankakee County Board member Jim Stauffenberg of Manteno has resigned. The announcement came at this week’s county board meeting. Stauffenberg is stepping down for health reasons after more than 20 years on the board. A replacement has not yet been appointed.
Classes will resume as normal today at Clara Peterson Elementary in Paxton after students and staff enjoyed an unexpected day off Wednesday. School was called off after what’s being described as a water issue with a leaking water main popped up Tuesday night. Repairs were made yesterday and classes resume today.
Every fall we seem to have a story about a farmer who for whatever reason can’t bring in his crops. Neighbors usually rush in to save the day. This year’s act of good will came in rural Manteno where Dick Moran had to have unexpected knee surgery that prevented him from getting into the fields. The Kankakee County Farm Bureau says when neighbors heard of his plight they banded together for a weekend to harvest his 410 acres of corn and 175 acres of beans.
For the second time this week and the 3rd time in the last ten days a Coal City man has died of a suspected heroin overdose. The Grundy County Coroner’s office identifies the most recent victim as 60 year old Clarice Cummings. He was found dead Tuesday morning, just a day after 26 year old James Lee was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose at a Coal City home.
A man charged with the October 23rd fire at the Owl’s Nest Restaurant building in the 200 block of North Oak Street in Loda, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Iroquois County Court. 36 year old Ronald Campe the 2nd is charged with aggravated arson. Campe lived in one of three apartments attached to the back of the building where investigators believe the blaze began. The flames did extensive damage. No one was hurt. Campe is being held on 100,000 bond.
The Facebook page, “Find Dan Jarski” is saying the Will County Coroners office informed the family Tuesday that a body found at the Kankakee River State Park over the weekend is that of the missing Grant Park area man. He was found west of Warner Bridge Road in Will County during a search Saturday morning. The 62 year old Jarski has been missing since September 9th.
Kankakee Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong has been elected to the National League of Cities Board of Directors by NLC’s membership at the 2018 City Summit held last week in Los Angeles. According to a city press release Tuesday the mayor was elected to a 2-year term and will provide strategic direction and guidance for NLC’s federal advocacy, governance and membership activities.
Employees of a business in the 500 block of North 5th Ave. Monday were apparently able to shoo away a man who was trying to rob them. According to city police the man implied he was carrying gun, but never displayed the weapon. The employees chased him out after he tried to open the register.