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Ford County crash kills Urbana woman

23-year-old Angel Paiz of Urbana died in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon. It happened just past noon in rural Ford County.

County Coroner Doug Wallace reports Paiz was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident on Illinois 9 near County Road 2400 E, about a mile east of Paxton. Her car, according to State Police, was westbound when the vehicle left the road. The car overturned several times. Paiz was ejected.

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Watseka park District: Let’s Gain it Back and Give

The Watseka Park District will be hosting a Let’s Gain It Back drive in the parking lot of the Watseka Park District on Wednesday, December 6 from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The drive is an effort to replace at least 1000 pounds of food lost to theft and vandalism at the Martinton Food Pantry.

The drive came from discussion in the park district office regarding how awful the act was and especially during the holiday season and as the discussion continued the only reasonable was to help right the wrong was to replace some of the items that were taken.

“Bill Wilczynski and I were talking about what happened at the Martinton Food Pantry and about the fact today was the day to give back and we decided everyday should be a day to give back”, said Executive Director Sherry Johnson, so I called Carla Pritzey, and I asked her if she would be upset if we did a food drive to replace some of the items that they lost and she elaborated on what was taken and destroyed and she said she would be thankful.” It was Let’s Gain it Back on. We started making phone calls and made a flyer and before an hour passed we had a trailer donated for the collections, a tent for the parking lot and a list of volunteers started for the day.

“I am so excited! I’m energized at the thought of how much good we can accomplish!” said Johnson, “Everyday we can turn things around!”

Donations will be accepted from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the parking lot at the Watseka Park District on Wednesday, December 6. We will also accept checks made out to the Martinton Food Pantry. Our goal is replacing 1000 pounds of non-perishable food. We will also have our Toys for Tots collection boxes available and will still accept pajamas for our Jammin Christmas. Giving is not just about making a donation. Giving is about making a difference.

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'Giving Tuesday' -- Contribute to your favorite charity

The political revolution is empowered by people. And "Our Power" President Nina Power says people like all of us make it all happen.

Power says, "Together we have harnessed that power and accomplished some remarkable things this year—making California the first sanctuary state, successfully defending the Affordable Care Act, and electing dozens of progressives to state and local offices across the country. This Giving Tuesday, I am asking for your support to help Our Revolution continue this vital work in 2018 and beyond."

Citizens are encouraged to make a $5 contribution for Giving Tuesday and help Our Revolution continue to power our organizing efforts that are building the political revolution across America.

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Chicago-area cousins arrested after Momence bank robbery

Two Chicago-area cousins are in custody for a Momence bank robbery. Both men were arrested after robbing Municipal Bank on Dixie Highway Friday.

Police identify the cousins as James Muhammad of Chicago and Karriem Muhammad of Park Forest.

Police report it was a bystander who pointed out the getaway car to a responding officer shortly after the robbery occurred. Both men were positively identified by tellers and the witness. The charge is aggravated robbery.

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Mike Loyd is retiring from Farm Credit Illinois Nov. 30, after 33 years with the Farm Credit System. Loyd most recently served as vice president of marketplace initiatives based at the financial cooperative’s headquarters in Mahomet.

Loyd spent his formative years on his family’s Williamson and Union County grain and livestock farms. Before joining the workforce, he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in instructional systems design from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. During his tenure, Loyd and the Association’s marketing team were recognized with the Classic Telly Award, several National Agri-Marketing Association awards, and the Farm Credit System’s 2007 marketing showcase award for the Farm Progress Show. He is a 31-year member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters.

At the beginning of his Farm Credit career, Loyd worked at the Farm Credit Bank of St. Louis as the marketing supervisor and played a lead role in communicating the merger of the Farm Credit Banks of St. Louis and St. Paul that formed AgriBank in 1992. After two years consulting for AgriBank in St. Paul, Minn., Loyd transitioned to the marketing department for Farm Credit Services of Southeastern Illinois in Mt. Vernon, Ill., in 1995. When the Southeastern and Central Illinois Associations moved to joint management in 1999, Loyd provided communications leadership and was named the head of marketing department in the newly formed Association in 2001, which eventually became Farm Credit Illinois.

Loyd and his wife Candy reside in rural Mansfield. Mike has one daughter: Lindsey, two step-children: Carrie and Tyler, and three step-grandchildren: Logan, Finn, and Avery. The Farm Credit Illinois team is grateful for Loyd’s leadership and service to farm families and rural communities.

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