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DUI crash in Rankin hospitalizes two

RANKIN — Illinois State Police are investigating a crash that sent two Plainfield residents to the hospital.

The accident occurred at 3:47 p.m. Sunday at 5153 Illinois 9, Rankin.

Man arrested on weapons charges a suspect in Hoopeston shooting

HOOPESTON — A 44-year-old Lafayette, Ind., man who was arrested earlier this week on weapons charges is also a suspect in the March 9 fatal shooting at a Hoopeston motel, according to authorities.

Chief Mark Drollinger said police believe Carlos L. Suarez was involved in the death of 40-year-old Bruce L. Eldridge of Hoopeston at the Downtown Motel, though he declined to elaborate.

Middle Fork advocates: Dynegy should move coal ash ponds

RURAL OAKWOOD — Middle Fork River advocates are urging Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to “do the right thing” and direct Dynegy to relocate three coal ash ponds at the old Vermilion Power Station north of Oakwood.

GCMS to move classes to church for school water-main repairs

GIBSON CITY — It was the last thing Principal Chris Garard wanted to hear.

The water main leak underneath Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School had gotten worse, and the repairs couldn’t be put off any longer. The emergency work would require officials to shut off all water to the building — possibly for several days — and move students and staff to a nearby church.

Iroquois County church to be rebuilt at site of fire

SCHWER — A day after a fire destroyed a 106-year-old church building in southern Iroquois County, the pastor said the church body will construct a new building on the site.

Fire destroys historic church in Iroquois County

SCHWER — Fire officials believe an electrical problem is to blame for a blaze that destroyed most of a historic church in Iroquois County on Monday afternoon.

Huge fire at Hoopeston used-tire facility

HOOPESTON — Scores of firefighters from Vermilion and Iroquois counties continue to battle a blaze which broke out in large tire recycling facility early Wednesday morning.

Some officials fear the fire could burn for days.

Catholic school's headmaster sues paper for libel

DANVILLE — The headmaster of a Catholic boarding school in Georgetown has filed a civil action against the Paxton Record, claiming the weekly newspaper defamed him when it published a letter to the editor in support of gay rights that erroneously identified him as the author.

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