It’s Christmas in March at the Jasper County Soil and Water Conservation District! What’s being delivered here next week is big, shiny, and red; but it’s not Ole Saint Nick.  It’s a roller crimper!  

DEMOTTE — Despite the construction going on next door, the Leestma Healthcare in the Hillside Plaza continues to offer patients the same family are it has offered for over 30 years. The office is expanding into the space that was once occupied by Fase-Kaluf Appliances, with an additional fiv…

FAIR OAKS — The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department arrested a man at a rural residence near the town of Fair Oaks on Wednesday night, March 15. Evidence and testimonies indicated that this man attacked his mother and two siblings in the presence of a child, and then allegedly stopped them fr…

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WHEATFIELD – The boys and girls of the Kankakee Valley Middle School Swim Team closed-out their short season with a loss to the always tough Twin Lakes. The young Kougars dropped the meet 125 points to 57 on Thursday, March 16.

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WHEATFIELD – In a sure sign that spring is almost here, the Kankakee Valley winter sports teams and Individuals were honored on Tuesday, March 14th for their performances both on and off the c…

Wheatfield – On Tuesday, March 7, yet another Kankakee Valley student signed their letter of intent to continue their athletic endeavors at the collegiate level. Kougar Football and basketball…

West Lafayette – On Saturday, March 11th, the Lady Kougars Track team travelled south to Purdue to run in the Hoosier State Relays, held in historic Lambert Fieldhouse on the Purdue University…

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Wheatfield – The Kankakee Valley Middle School Swim team swamped the competition 125 – 52 last Thursday, March 9th with a resounding win over the visiting Michigan City. In Middle School swimm…

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Senate panel is set to consider a measure making the state schools chief appointed by the governor instead of elected by voters, despite its 23-26 defeat in the Senate this session.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The winning numbers in Sunday evening's drawing of the Indiana Lottery's "Cash 5" game were:

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The winning numbers in Sunday evening's drawing of the Indiana Lottery's "Daily Four-Evening" game were:

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The winning numbers in Sunday evening's drawing of the Indiana Lottery's "Daily Three-Evening" game were:

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The state of Indiana is once again launching its annual competition for female artists across the state.

The death of two-and-a-half-month old Wheatfield infant, Ayden Zylstra has been ruled a homicide by the Cook County, Illinois Medical Examiner’s Office.

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WHEATFIELD — A Wheatfield couple were charged with child neglect as well as several drug-related felonies on Saturday as part of an investigation that began after an infant was allegedly injur…

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WHEATFIELD — On Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 at approximately 2:36 a.m., the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a possible heroin overdose on County Road 50 West, just south of the …

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DEMOTTE — The DeMotte Police Department was called to the scene of a physical fight between two adult males Monday afternoon at approximately 3 p.m. The department responded to an address in t…

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WHEATFIELD — The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men who were involved in a bar fight on New Year’s Day in Wheatfield.

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SINGAPORE (AP) — French President Francois Hollande said Monday that European countries can fight protectionism in trade and other forms by standing united and reaching out to Asia.

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe's top banking supervisor says profits are "a weak spot" for financial institutions in the 19 countries that use the euro currency and that some should be "pushed out of the market" by merging with stronger competitors.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A subsidiary of the state-backed developer Emaar says it made an $800-million offer to purchase the online retailer Souq.com amid rumors of a possible acquisition of the website by Amazon.

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BERLIN (AP) — A closely watched survey shows that business confidence in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, has unexpectedly risen to a six-year high.

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LONDON (AP) — Tim Barlow pushes a green stamp onto the edge of an unfinished plate, leaving behind the words "Made in England."

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It was at age 5, as everyone else was mulling kindergarten and ditching the training wheels on their bikes, that Brryan Jackson's mother, Jennifer Jackson, and the many Central Illinois relatives around her began noticing strange things going on with Brryan's body.

After working 11 years as a registered nurse, Ann O’Donnell decided to apply to medical school to become a doctor.

This week started out with a change of the season and beautiful weather to cheer everyone up. Soon, if not already, we will see life popping out of the ground again. I know my spring flowers have been peeping out of the ground for a couple of weeks.

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The Discovery School is holding a Kids Walk for Type 1 Diabetes, March 29 in honor of their student, Jager Thornton. The walk aims to raise awareness of the lesser-known diabetes type.

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SIOUX CITY | Holli Skuza cried for five minutes when she learned she had a tumor on the right side of her colon.

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DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — Sudan's official news agency says President Omar al-Bashir will attend Wednesday's Arab Summit in Jordan, despite a long-standing warrant for his arrest by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and genocide.

In the evening, when my head feels like it is still spinning from the adventures of the day, sitting outside and enjoying the night helps me to unwind. Even during this cold time of year, bundling up and sitting outside sends waves of relaxation through me when I see the stars and hear the c…

Physical issues curbed my enthusiasm and ability to hunt much this year. I don’t have many brand new hunting stories. However, a good thing about hunting stories is they never grow old as long as you are telling the tales to new people. So here’s one of mine from yesteryear and like all good…

Seasonal snow is an important part of Earth’s climate system. Snow cover helps regulate the temperature of the Earth’s surface, and once that snow melts, the water helps fill rivers and reservoirs in many regions of the world, especially the western United States.  About 98 percent of the Ea…