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Storms Leave Power Outages, Scattered Damage

Power crews worked into the evening Wednesday (July 10th) trying to restore service to hundreds of Vermilion County customers affected by strong thunderstorms earlier in the day.  Ameren Illinois reported more than 450 of its Vermilion County customers were still without power as of 7:30 p.m.

The Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency says the storms knocked out power to around 2,000 customers.  The initial assessment of damage by EMA was that 50 to 75 trees or large limbs were down from Danville to Ridge Farm. 

Severe Weather Manager Rick Harper said a lot of crops were flattened, and a couple of fires were started by downed power lines.  Harper said 1.5 inches of rain fell in Home Gardens, in the area where the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency office is located.  He says radar estimates placed rainfall amounts up to three to three-and-a-half inches across the southern part of the county.  Lesser amounts were reported to the north.

Wednesday’s power outages affected numerous businesses in the South Danville area right at the lunch hour rush was about to begin. Parking lots that were normally packed with customers were vacant as the employees at those businesses waited over two hours for power to be restored.

Vermilion County EMA said at least a couple of trees had fallen on homes in Georgetown, and a shed was destroyed in Westville.  The strong winds also snapped some power poles east of Ridge Farm.

Many of the reports of scattered light damage came from the Catlin, Westville, Georgetown and Ridge Farm areas.  Below is a look at some of the storm's aftermath:

[This is how many of the fields across parts of central and southern Vermilion County looked following Wednesday's strong storms.  (See additional story on this web site about the crop damage.)   This photo is of a field located just west of Catlin.

[This flooding was occurring Wednesday along Walnut and Coronado Streets in Catlin after the storm dumped heavy rain in the area.  One Catlin area farmer told our newsroom he measured nearly four-and-a-half inches of rain from the storm.]

[The storm which blew through parts of Vermilion County on Wednesday left this damage in Catlin.  Note the power lines are sagging from the weight of the broken limb.  In another part of Catlin live power lines fell on top of an occupied vehicle.  Fortunately, the occupants stayed in the vehicle until the power was cut, and were not hurt.]

[This was the scene Wednesday along Lyons Road near Westville after the storms moved through.  *** Note:  You can click on the pictures to enlarge them.]

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Open Mic at VFW

Wednesday, April 16 - Open mic from 8-10 pm. Play a song, read a poem, perform magic or make us laugh for 5-10 minutes on stage. No charge. Must sign up by 8 pm.

81st Annual AMBUCS First Citizen Banquet Set to honor Dick Shockey

The 81st Annual First Citizen Banquet to honor Dick Shockey is set for Monday April 21, 2014, at Turtle Run Banquet Center, 332 E Liberty Lane. There will be a cash bar and reception at 6:00p.m. with dinner following at 6:30pm. Tickets are $22.50 each, payable at the door. To make reservations,  please email with your name and the number of people in your party, if unable to email please call 217-274-6800. DEADLINE  is April 17,2014.

"Night of Strings" benefit for the Danville Humane Society

Thursday, April 17th in the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School “Night of Strings” Benefit for the Danville Humane Society. Concert is free of charge. Doors open at 6 pm; performances begin at 7 pm. Featuring: South View Middle School, Canon Elementary School, North Ridge Middle School, DHS String Ensemble and DHS Symphony Orchestra. Beverages, snacks, jewelry, animal adoption information and “Wish List” basket station.

Westville Youth Football Double Elimination Basketball Tourney

The Tom Jennings 25th Annual Westville Football Double Elimination, Round Robin Basketball Tournament will be April 26 and 27, 2014, at the Westville High School old gym. Entry fee $200. Deadline and draw will be Thursday, April 17 at 7:00 pm at the Westville Park meeting room, next to the basketball court. Entry fee is due at the draw. To enter, contact Sue or Eli at 217-267-7549 (217-260-1322).

Crossroads Christian Chuch invites you to Travel to Jerusalem

CrossRoads Christian Church in Danville invites you to travel to Jerusalem on Thursday April 17, or Friday April 18 at 6:30 p.m. Visit the Upper Room, Gethsemane, Golgotha, and the Empty Tomb. Encounter Jesus, the disciples, and  the court of the High Priest.  Make plans now to attend this special Easter presentation and Communion Service, April 17 or 18, at 6:30 p.m. Experience the Passion and the Power of Jesus at CrossRoads Christian Church, 3613 North Vermilion, Danville, Illinois. Free admission... For more information call, 217.443.4323

Easter Fun Day at Vermilion County Fairgrounds

April 19, 2014 from 2-5 pm at the Vermilion County Fairgrounds. Easter Egg Hunt, Baby Contest, Petting Zoo, Bounce House. $5 per child under 12; $3 per adult (1 & under free); this fee gets you: all events, lunch, candy bag, mud bog, electric trucks, face painting, chalk art contest, take pictures with the Easter Bunny. For more info: Carla Haga 217-497-9897 or Lori Rouse 217-304-6082.

Jim Swider Cancer Benefit at American Legion Post 210

American Legion Post 210 will be hosting a cancer benefit for Jim Swider on Saturday, April 19, from 2pm-8pm. All day = live auctions, hourly drawings, 50/50, door prizes, entertainment; and the raffle of a 1968  Chevy Chevelle will be held at 5:30 pm. For more information, contact Danny at 217-213-4799 or Debbie at 217-304-5975.

Mt Vernon UMC Easter Day Activities

The Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church (Champaign) is opening their Easter day activities to the community.  All are welcome to a free, full breakfast beginning at 9:00 A.M., followed by an Easter egg hunt for children at 9:45.  The service celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ will begin at 10:30 A.M.  This country church is located at 2201 CR 900 East, Champaign.  To reach the church, drive north on Mattis road out of Champaign three miles past Olympian Drive, turn left at the church sign (CR 2200 north) and drive one mile to the church.  Call the Rev. Dr. L. Rachel Berry, 217-359-0196, for more information.

Illiana Alzheimer's Conference.

Caring for someone afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease can present daily challenges.  That’s why the Illiana Alzheimer’s Alliance (IAA) of Presence United Samaritans Medical Center’s Foundation is hosting a day-long conference for caregivers entitled “Alzheimer’s Disease Challenges & Choices,” on Thursday, April 24, 2014. The conference will be held at the Beef House Banquet Center in Covington, IN.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Illinois time.  The conference is 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and includes lunch.  Cost is $30 for caregivers/CNAs/public; $80 for professionals (includes CEUs), and $30 for students with ID. For more information or to register, contact Presence United Samaritans Medical Center’s Foundation, 551 North Logan Avenue, Danville, IL  61832, 217.442.6583. 
Registration deadline is Monday, April 21, 2014.  Seating is limited.

2nd Annual South View Family Council Entertainment and Shopping Extravaganza

The second annual South View Family Council Entertainment and Shopping Extravaganza will be taking place on Monday, April 21st  from 5-7:30 in the South View Cafetorium. There will be vendors, raffle items, a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing. All proceeds raised will benefit the South View Music Department as well as the general fund that helps all South View students.

Clean Up Day for Seniors 60 and over

 Seniors age 60 and over in the Georgetown, Indianola, Sidell and Allerton areas can take advantage of free help around the house and yard on Saturday, April 26. Faith in Action South and the Jamaica Flatlanders 4-H Club are pairing up to offer a Chore Day for seniors April 26 from 9 am – 3 pm.  Club members can wash windows, clean out flower beds, sweep out garages, pick up sticks or help with other spring cleaning jobs. Call Faith in Action South at 217.267.2752 by Wednesday, April 23 to sign up.  Homeowners are asked to provide their own cleaning supplies. Faith in Action South is an outreach ministry of Presence United Samaritans Medical Center’s Foundation.