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Kankakee District #111 among schools getting construction funds

Illinois schools are getting money for repairs. The Illinois State Board of Education is giving the go-ahead to 29 school districts across the state to borrow money at no-interest for construction projects.

Kankakee School District #111 is in line for $30-million.

Districts including Danville, Rantoul, Champaign and Urbana will be allowed to use the federal bonding authority to borrow a total of four-hundred-95-million-dollars at little or no-interest. The bonding authority comes from a federal program under the Recovery Act that's designed to allow schools to make needed repairs without taking money from their classrooms.

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Wind Farm progress: Kelly Creek Wind Farm moving forward

There's more progress to report for area wind farms. The Pilot Hill Wind Farm in northwest Iroquois County and Kankakee County is expanding.

The Kelly Creek Wind Farm is an expansion of the newly-built Pilot Hill operation.

The Ford County Board gave unanimous approval (this week), paving the way for construction of the Kelly Creek Wind Farm. Resolutions approved by the County Board sets the stage for construction to begin this spring.

Engineering services are in place to oversee the construction of the wind farm in Rogers Township in northern Ford County. (near Kempton and Cabery).

Construction of the 184-megawatt wind farm is expected to begin in April. The project includes turbines in Norton Township in neighboring Kankakee County.

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Frank's Appliance expanding, new store opens in Manteno

A popular Bradley-based store is expanding. Frank's Appliance Center has opened a second location in Manteno. Owners JoAnne and Mark Keen now offer a second showroom in a 6,000 square-foot location at 131 N. Main Street in Manteno.

The Manteno store will feature a larger showroom (5,500 sq ft) than its home-based facility (4,500 sq ft) on W. Superior Street in Bradley.

JoAnne reports the second location will mainly be a retail showroom, but it offers a limited parts department. Three sales clerks are staffing the new Manteno location. The company has 16 total employees.

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Business Expo in Watseka next month

The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes businesses to showcase themselves next month at the "Hometown USA" Business Expo. The event is Saturday, March 12 from 9 am to 3 pm at Watseka High School.

There will be entertainment and demonstrations. Businesses will also offer prize give-aways. The event is open to the public and there is no charge.

For more information, call Amanda Hibbs at 815-432-2416.

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Heroin discovered in Flanagan home

Livingston County Sheriff's Police seized more than 500 baggies containing heroin in a home, leading to the arrest of a Flanagan couple on drug charges.

37-year-old James Bankenbeckler and his wife, 32-year-old Beth Bankenbeckler are charged with possession of a controlled substance. The charges are Class 4 felony counts.

Livingston County Sheriff Tony Childress said the county's Proactive Gang/Drug Unit located the heroin and 4.5 grams of marijuana during search of the couple's home.

The arrests followed a yearlong investigation into what police believe was a drug operation in the small town, west of Pontiac.

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