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Kankakee County Board moving forward with solar farms

There’s been a lot of inquiries, lot of questions from people for and against solar farms, and today (Tuesday) the Kankakee County Board took another step forward.

The Board OK’d three additional solar farm sites. Earlier, the Planning & Zoning committee identified nine such sites suitable for solar farm development. The three new sites gained approval while one in Aroma Park – along Heiland Road -- was turned away.

County Board Chairman Andy Wheeler said citizens in that area made their voices heard, telling local officials they were not in favor. So, Wheeler said, the Board acted accordingly.
Wheeler says there’s several more sites that are workable in the county and proposals will be looked at. .......

Wheeler knows not everyone’s excited about renewable ENERGY, but people here are open to discussion......

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Ford County house fire kills Elliott man

Four fire departments responded to a house fire in Elliott (Tuesday) where a man was found dead inside. Jeremy Turner was identified by Ford County Coroner Rick Flessner.

The State Fire Marshall was investigating. The cause of the fire at 203 N. Maple Street hadn’t been determined.
Elliott firefighters were assisted by Roberts, Melvin and Gibson City departments.

Flames and smoke were observed coming from the home when firemen answered the call at 10:20 am. The victim was pronounced dead just past 11 am. The house was a total loss.

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ABRA, ARC receive $400 gifts from Iroquois County

The Illinois County Association (ICA) recently awarded Iroquois County scholarship gifts to benefit local non-profit groups. The ICA recognizes struggling economic times for agencies/organizations. And the ICA reaches out to offer financial help to those groups that provide valuable services.

Today (Tuesday), Iroquois County Board Chairman John Shure extended that financial help to ABRA – for the developly-disabled in Sheldon and the ARC of Iroquois County in Watseka. Each organization was presented with a $400 check at the Iroquois County Board meeting.

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Gov. Rauner Announces SBA Assistance Approved for Iroquois, Kankakee, Vermilion Counties

   Residents and Businesses Can Apply for Low-Interest, Long-Term Loans to Boost Recovery from February Floods

Gov. Bruce Rauner today announced the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved the state’s request for assistance to help people and businesses in Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties recover from severe storms and floods that occurred in February.

In addition, people and businesses in counties contiguous to the declared counties also are eligible to apply for low-interest, long-term loans. This includes the Illinois counties of Champaign, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Grundy, Livingston and Will and the Indiana counties of Benton, Lake, Newton, Vermillion and Warren.

“This assistance will help many people and businesses begin the next phase of their recovery from this disaster,” said Gov. Rauner.

To be eligible for an SBA declaration, at least 25 homes and/or businesses in a county must sustain major, uninsured losses of 40 percent or more. A damage assessment conducted in March by the SBA determined 74 homes and nine businesses in Iroquois County, 28 homes and three businesses in Kankakee County, and 21 homes and seven businesses in Vermilion County met that criteria.

More information about the disaster loan program and details about Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) will be announced by the SBA in the near future.

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GAH Auxiliary Awarded Eight Scholarships at Spring Banquet

The Gibson Area Hospital (GAH) Auxiliary held their annual Spring Banquet on Monday, April 30, at the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City. The GAH Auxiliary awarded eight scholarships to students pursuing careers in health care.

This year’s two Auxiliary scholarships were awarded to Stephanie Streenz, of Saybrook, and Holly Garcia, of Thawville. Stephanie works at GAH in administration and is in graduate school through Ohio University to get her masters in healthcare administration. Holly, the daughter of Pedro and Carolyn Garcia, currently works as a certified pharmacy tech at GAH. Holly is on the path to becoming a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Illinois and plans to practice rural medicine.

Two Verna Buck scholarships were awarded to Liberty Jamison and Kalista Klann, both of Paxton. Liberty, the daughter of Dennis and Jennifer Jamison, will attend Lakeland College this fall to begin her studies for a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) with a goal of becoming a NICU nurse. Kalista, the daughter of Mitchel and Tammy Klann, will enter Purdue University Northwest in the fall to pursue her BSN. Kalista ultimately wants to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

The CEDF Scholarship was presented to Maya Brust, of Paxton. Maya, the daughter of Kurt and Teresa Brust, will be entering Illinois State University in the fall working towards a BSN to become a pediatric nurse practitioner.

The Arthur and Ane Jensen Noland Scholarship was awarded to Brooks Schmidt. Brooks, the son of Rob and Linda Schmidt of Gibson City, will be attending Bradley University this fall to study nutrition and dietetics.

The William and Viola Garrett Scholarship was given to Sydni Meunier, of Melvin. Sydni, the daughter of Mike and Patricia Meunier, is finishing her first year of medical school at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. Upon completion of her medical degree, Sydni plans to become a rural physician.

The GAH Auxiliary Gift Shop Scholarship was presented to Emily Lange, of Gibson City.

Emily, the daughter of Anthony and Stacey Row, will enter the St. Louis School of Pharmacy this fall and will study to become a pharmacist.

The Auxiliary congratulates each of this year’s scholarship recipients and wishes them all the very best in their chosen fields.

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