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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Larry Gaffey plans to use his event promotion experience to help attract more people to the Walworth County Fair.

Gaffey was named the general manager of the Walworth County Fair earlier this year. He officially moved to Walworth County in May.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Attendance at the Walworth County Fair harness races has dwindled over the decades, and some longtime racers fear the sport is on its last lap.

But as one of the state’s top harness racing venues, the Walworth County Fair is making a push to draw more fans to the track.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Old school rules next weekend at the 59th annual Rock River Thresheree. The event is set for Friday, Sept. 4, through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, at Thresherman’s Park in Edgerton.

Among the hundreds of tractors and other pieces of machinery will be antique construction equipment owned by members of the Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club.

STATELINE NEWS -- A Loves Park babysitter faces child endangerment charges after police say she left three children in a running car to go inside a fitness center to tan.

ROSCOE -- A Roscoe couple is lucky to still have a pet after two coyotes snatched their dog, Buddy, from their front yard.

Rick and Carla Schultz let their two dogs, Buddy and Riley, out before bed and within seconds the coyotes had grabbed one of the dogs, they told WIFR-TV.

The couple spent hours searching for Buddy when a neighbor discovered the injured animal. Buddy was in bad shape, the Schultz's said, suffering from broken ribs, a punctured lung and a broken vertebrae.

The couple brought their dog to a animal hospital in Madison for treatment. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources told the TV station they get two to three phone calls a week about coyotes roaming neighborhoods in Winnebago County.

The DNR says as more homes are built, coyotes habitats are destroyed forcing them into neighborhoods and looking for food; sometimes our pets.

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