DEMOTTE — The Jasper County Sheriff’s office released information Friday regarding an incident that occurred on Oct. 9. The release states a deputy observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed going northbound on U.S. 231 near County Rd. 400 North. The deputy pulled the vehicle over …

HEBRON — Safety is a top priority at Hebron Schools. Thanks to Kankakee Valley REMC’s Operation Round Up, Hebron now has one more way to help their students feel safe. The company awarded $1,800 to the school to help cover the costs of an anonymous tip line. The Hebron Tip411 app allows stud…

RENSSELAER — People may one day be faced with health care decisions that can impact the quality of care received. A conference, complete with presentations and a dinner, intended to help provide information for those decision will be coming to Rensselaer soon.

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DEMOTTE — The Jasper County Sheriff’s office released information Friday regarding an incident that occurred on Oct. 9. The release states a deputy observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed going northbound on U.S. 231 near County Rd. 400 North. The deputy pulled the vehicle over …

DEMOTTE — Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call regarding a domestic disturbance at a home southwest of DeMotte Oct. 6. Deputies arrived to find a man who identified himself as …

WHEATFIELD — Chad Fuerstenberg, 47, of DeMotte, was arrested on Oct. 3, after an incident on Sept. 29, when he allegedly struggled with correctional officers from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

DeMOTTE — The Lady Knights corralled a tough Kouts Fillies in the semi-final match-up of 1A Sectional 34 on Thursday, Oct. 10. The CC girls outscored Kouts 3 – 1 in a game that featured intensity benefiting a final and left Kouts looking shell-shocked by the loss.

WHEATFIELD — The Kankakee Valley Kougars have had a season of unsettling losses often caused by miscues in games that they seemed ready to win. Friday’s game was no exception as the Kats were …

CEDAR LAKE — In a surprising turn of events, the Lady Kougars Soccer team fell to Lowell in the opening round of the Hanover Central 2A Sectional on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Both teams came into the m…

DeMOTTE — The Lady Knights Soccer team accomplished something no other girls’ team has ever done at Covenant Christian with their impressive win over Washington Township to win the Class A Sec…

2019 marks the golden anniversary for local construction business, Hollandale Builders. Bud Hubers and Jim Toppen got together in 1969 to build homes in “Hollandale subdivision”, located behind what is now Family Express, in DeMotte. They were partners for 15 years. Over the years Hollandale…

DEMOTTE — The DeMotte Chamber of Commerce welcomed the new Tractor Supply Company with a special ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, during the store's grand opening celebration. The store opened on Sept. 21, with its grand opening celebration running from Oct. 4 to 6.

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DEMOTTE — DeMotte Chamber of Commerce President Rosemary Weeks sent a letter Friday morning to all the chamber members announcing the resignation of long time Executive Director Diva Rish. Weeks wrote, “The Board of Directors and I think Diva has done an outstanding job in fulfilling her res…

As we experience our first annual nighttime frosts and freezes of the season, you will begin to notice more insects and spiders making their bold move into homes, seeking a nice warm spot to spend the winter. These fall trespassers are called overwintering insects. They spend the winter as d…

Trying to track our weather patterns this year has been a bit of a roller coaster. Now that we are officially in the fall season, how can we expect trees to respond to these drastic changes in…

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In a column earlier this year I explained about how many deep lakes and reservoirs stratify into distinct temperature layers in the warm months of the year with the coldest water in the depths and warmest on the top and how that can affect where to fish. Stratification is a summer occurrence…

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On Halloween, we all enjoy handing out treats to the little monsters that arrive at our door asking for candy. Unfortunately, some of us have to deal with damage created by larger monsters that arrive at our door asking for trouble.

Vandalism and property damage are just some scary Halloween insurance concerns. You also have to consider the possibility of trick-or-treaters getting hurt on your property or accidents caused by decorations or other holiday accoutrements. Are your insurance policies ready to handle any horrors that the holiday may bring?

Here are some of the most common Halloween events that might trigger an insurance claim.

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We all go through major life changes, both positive and negative. All have the potential to affect your credit, in either a positive or negative way. The outcome depends on how you handle these life events and the corresponding changes.

Consider the following examples.

1. Going to College – College is more than four years of fun – it's an investment in your future. Is your degree likely to result in a job that pays enough to cover your student loans?

You can build credit by making all student loan payments on time or ruin your credit through missed payments and excessive spending. If you need help, income-based repayment plans and other assistance programs are available.

2. Changing Your Marital Status – Your credit scores won't blend after marriage, but activity on joint accounts will affect both credit sco...

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You shopped around to find the credit card with the best annual percentage rate (APR) for your qualifications. Maybe you've got a lower rate than the average – around 17%. The last thing you want to do is incur a penalty APR that ruins your hard work.

If you've missed a credit card payment for at least sixty days, your account may be subject to a higher interest rate known as a penalty APR. The penalty APR represents your increased risk in the card issuer's view – if you've missed one payment, you're more likely to miss other payments.

You can be assessed a penalty APR for reasons other than missed payments, depending on your card issuer's policy. Examples include returned payments, making charges past your credit limit, or defaulting/missing payments on a different account with the same card issuer.

Penalty APRs can be up to 29.99%, but may be lower depending on your card's terms and your creditworthiness. Review the terms and conditions section of you...

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To some of us, Halloween is an enjoyable time to dress up our children and/or ourselves, carve scary pumpkins, decorate our home with spooky effects, gorge on treats, and spend the next morning jogging off a candy binge. To others, it is a time to figure out how much candy they need to have on hand to avoid cleaning toilet paper out of their trees the next morning.

Regardless of what you do the morning after Halloween, with these simple steps you can wake up with a thicker wallet than usual, and not just from hiding Hershey's Kisses in it.

  1. Buy Bulk Candy – You can save tremendous money by buying individually wrapped bulk candy instead of the overpriced brand name assortments at your grocery store or pharmacy. Do make sure that you buy individually wrapped candies; parents will (and should) shy away from letting their children try loose candies because of tampering concerns.

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Commonly known as ALS, the condition is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, and it is always fatal. The affected motor neurons deteriorate and the brain and spinal cord lose their ability to send signals to muscles, which begin to atrophy. As muscles lose nourishment, those affected lose their ability to speak, move, eat and breathe. The average life expectancy of those afflicted with ALS is two to five years, and there is no cure.

Project Fit America is a charity that works alongside educators to create opportunities for kids to stay active and healthy. It offers fitness grants and programs to help fund resources such as equipment, teacher training and curriculum. The goal is not only to get students involved physically, but also nurture an environment in which children enjoy living a healthy lifestyle. For the past five years at Homer-Center Elementary, in Homer City, Pennsylvania, that opportunity to stay active has been the Lub Dub Run Club.

Vaping has come of age in the most perfect of social conditions. Smoking cigarettes is falling out of favor socially and even among nicotine users, and is wholly rejected by many young people today. To get their fix they're turning to what is marketed as a cleaner and safer method of ingestion. Enticing flavors, edgy technology and social media are empowering the tobacco industry to ensnare a new generation with nicotine addiction
by way of vaping. And it’s working. In 2016, 43.8% of high schoolers in New York state tried vaping, more than double the total two years prior. This trend has Ontario County officials deeply concerned.

We’ve all experienced sticker shock. It’s one thing to gasp over the cost of a new dishwasher, but sticker shock for those who need to purchase medications for a chronic disease such as diabetes is a serious issue.

KYIV, Ukraine - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's team realized it had a potential problem in U.S. relations on May 10, when Rudolph W. Giuliani told Fox News that a Ukrainian advisor to the newly elected leader was a Trump enemy. "I'm convinced that (Zelenskiy) is surrounded by people who are enemies of the president, and one person in particular, who is clearly corrupt and involved ...

A Goldman Sachs Group Inc. investment banker was arrested by federal prosecutors over allegations of insider trading, according to court records unsealed on Friday. Bryan Cohen, a vice president, leaked nonpublic information for almost three years as part of an international insider trading scheme that led to $2.6 million in illicit gains, according to a separate complaint from the U.S. ...

Boris Johnson is sending the letter to Brussels he never wanted to write. Bound by a law passed by opposition Members of Parliament, he will formally ask the European Union to delay Brexit until Jan. 31, according to a person familiar with the matter. At the same time, he pledged to push on with his plans to leave by his Oct. 31 deadline. Johnson spoke to European Council President Donald Tusk ...