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Kankakee County Board OK’s solar farm sites

The growing interest in solar farms finds Kankakee County getting onboard. The County Board (Tuesday) gave the green light for up to nine locations where solar farms could locate. Each of the nine sites range from a dozen to 20 acres; each are considered by zoning officials as suitable for solar farm operations.

A California company (Cypress Creek) has shown interest in a solar farm operation in the Bonfield area. Cypress Creek currently operates 150 solar power plants across the United States.

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Sugar Creek Opera fundraiser Sunday in Milford

Opera for the Young at Heart is a fundraiser this Sunday, April 15th. Sugar Creek Opera presents the exclusive performance from Opera for the Young Tour of (Rusalka) ROO-SAHL-KA --- a mermaid’s tale.

Dale Hastings is a member of the Sugar Creek Opera Board of Directors. He tells listeners how special this weekend is .......

"The professionals are here from New York. They perform and wok with the kids and afterwards, there's a question and answer period where the students get to learn more," Hasting said. "This a great event and so much fun."

Dinner is served at Town & Country Events in Milford. It’s a 3:30 afternoon matinee. A special performance. Tickets ? Check online at sugarcreekopera.com

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Watseka Park District Kids Carnival Sunday

A fun, family event hosted by the Watseka Park District is this Sunday, April 15th.

The Park District’s ‘Kids Carnival is at the Watseka High School from 1-3 pm. The venue is a change from the Glenn Raymond School, where the event has been held in past years.

Park District Exec Director Sherry Johnson said there's prizes and fun for everyone. The games carry a sports theme this year. There’s a Daytona 500 race, a pedal tractor event (with help from the Watseka FFA). It’s all Free, courtesy of a grant thru the Elks Club......

"We'd like all to join us. Thanks for the volunteer help and support from the Elks Club," Johnson added.

Questions can be directed to the Park District at 815-432-3931

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Iroquois County Board surprised with finance director’s resignation

The unexpected resignation of finance director Anita Speckman has forced the Iroquois County Board into emergency mode.
Speckman’s resignation letter was presented to the full board today (Tuesday) by Board Chairman John Shure...

"I received the resignation letter Monday, so I announced to the board today," Shure told WGFA News. "It wasn't something we were expecting, we didn't anticipate this so we have to get ba search underway."

Shure says it’ll be a real challenge moving forward. The position has required an astute person to keep on top of money-matters.........

"It'll be difficult moving forward. Anita has set a standard for the job and certainly did a good job," Shure added.

A search committee was immediately put in place to find the next finance director. Board members Michael McTaggart, Kyle Anderson, Russell Bills, Charlie Alt, Donna Crow, Dan Rayman and Troy Krumweide will take up the task.

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Ford County looks to strengthen wind-farm regulations

Ford County is putting more teeth into its wind farm ordinance. One of the main concerns is getting any wind farm-operators to respond quickly to complaints/concerns, according to County Board Chairman Randy Berger.

Keeping everyone concerned updated and having questions answered is what a committee will focus on. Special-Use permits will not be granted unless officials are satisfied with construction progress.

The Ford County Record reports, the county board’s zoning committee met last week to hash out proposed changes to the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms. More discussions are expected at another committee meeting scheduled for 6 pm Monday, April 16.

Noise levels and setback regulations will also be reviewed.

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