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Flash flood warnings extended

Iroquois, Ford, Livingston in Illinois and Newton, Benton and Jasper counties in Indiana remain under flash flood warnings. The National Weather Service has extended the flash flood warnings due to runoff from all the rain Wednesday night.

Area emergency management agencies and law enforcement report that several roads remain closed due to flooding from runoff. Anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of heavy rainfall hit the area.

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Historic Farm Days at Penfield

It's an annual event, a family event that showcases farm tractors and equipment. Historic Farm days at Penfield (IL) opened Thursday. It runs thru Sunday and features a parade.

Antique collectors are showing off their tractors with demonstrations. The event has been held since 1978. Nearly 400 tractors are on display in several lots. Some engines date back to the early 1900's.

The event will also feature food, entertainment, flea markets and even a potato-digging demonstration. A sanctioned-tractor pull is part of the fun. And there's a fireworks show Saturday night.

Historic Farm Days is hosted by the I & I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club.

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Jobs and Money likely with wind farm expansion in Kankakee County

A public hearing before the Kankakee County Zoning Board of Appeals will consider an expansion of the Pilot Hill Wind Farm near Herscher.

The Kelly Creek wind farm project includes 108 counties extending into Ford County.

Kelly Creek will include 108 turbines between the two counties. The current 103 turbines already built in Pilot Hill are part of EDF Development. The parent company, EDF Renewable Development Inc., is seeking a special use permit for the project.

The public hearing is at 6 pm Monday at the Kankakee Public Library.

Delbert Skimmerhorn, Kankakee County planner, said he's expecting a pretty good turnout.

40 landowners in Kankakee County and 70 in Ford County have entered into leases with Kelly Creek to allow the development of the project. The Kankakee County portion will include 33 turbines. The company's application states any potential impact would be to local roads and scattered farm homes in the area.

The public hearing will be the first step in creating any special conditions on the development.
John Baker, EDF's project developer, said the project would create up to 12 permanent jobs locally for maintenance and 39 jobs within the state. The construction project will employ about 120 workers.

Pilot Hill is expected to create between $2 million and $3 million annually in new property tax revenues and lease income to local property owners. A similar figure is expected with Kelly Creek, and will likely exceed it.

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* FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS FOR ILLINOIS & INDIANA…

Area counties in 94.1 WGFA listening neighborhood are under a Flash Flood Warning thru mid-day today (Thursday). Rainfall ranging from 2 up to over four inches has been recorded. Several roads are flooded, some routes closed or barricaded. Motorists need to be aware of changing road conditions.

FORD COUNTY, IROQUOIS COUNTY, SOUTHEASTERN LIVINGSTON COUNTY, KANKAKEE COUNTY ARE ALL INCLUDED IN THE WARNING. NEWTON, BENTON, JASPER COUNTY in northwest Indiana also under the warning.

LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTED WIDESPREAD FLOODING STILL OCCURRING ACROSS THE WARNED AREA.WHICH INCLUDED HIGH FLOWING WATER ON AREA ROADS.

Sections of I-57 and I-65 are effected.

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Sugar Creek Opera’s ‘The Magic Flute' Saturday

Watseka native Helen Todd is back in Iroquois County producing and directing the opera's 'The Magic Flute' this weekend.

The Sugar Creek Opera again offers professional opera talent. It's the 13th year for the opera in Iroquois County.

"The Magic Flute" will be performed Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Harold and Jean Miner Auditorium at Central High School in Clifton.

Filled with colorful, flowing costumes in a mythical land between the sun and the moon, "The Magic Flute" has many of the elements of a fairy tale, with a handsome prince, a love story and the rescue of a princess.

Emphasizing the family theme, Todd says this is the first year Sugar Creek is offering two specifically priced student tickets. A college student, from 18-24, can get in for $25. A student from 6-18 can attend for $20. Tickets for adults range from $40 to $75. For information, go to sugarcreekopera.com, or call 1-815-432-3830.

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