The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory starting Tuesday night for all of east-central Illinois. Much of west-central Indiana is included.
The advisory will be in effect until noon Wednesday, including the Illinois counties of Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion. Champaign, Coles, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, and Shelby are also included.
There could be up to two inches of snow and up to one tenth of an inch of ice. The mix of snow and ice will make travel difficult.
An established hog farm operator near Milford is ready to move forward with a 44-hundred head finisher. And he has the blessing of all concerned.
The Iroquois County Board (last week) voted to forego an informational hearing by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Charles Leitz is allowed to proceed with plans. He’s working with Effingham Equity and the plans show setbacks and road-weight limits have the OK, according to Nick Anderson with the Livestock Development Group........
"It's part of the Ag Department's requirements, to get input from neighbors and such, " Anderson said. "The Leitz family did it right in citing the location. And it keeps the Ag concept alive in Iroquois County."
Anderson explained projects like this call for cooperation and common courtesy and the Leiitz family did its due diligence in reaching out. Anderson also adds, the Leitz operation will use a lot of corn and soybeans in this hog operation.
Milford and Stockland Township Road Commissioners Jeff Cavitt and Dave Morgeson, respectively, questioned the road-use agreements to make sure they’re in place before the facility is functional. That, Anderson says, is part of that common sense practice.
The city of Danville is looking to expand its police force. And other area communities are doing the same.
The city of Danville has been accepting applications since the beginning of December and currently has 27. The commissioners recently discussed extending a deadline for accepting police officer applications, hoping for a larger group of candidates to test, then create a new eligibility list from which to draw from when filling vacancies.
Danville’s also accepting firefighter applications. The deadline to apply is April 30. Testing for fire operations begins in May.
No word for sure, if it’s because of an increase in violence and gunfire...but other cities are also accepting applications to beef up police departments.
Champaign and Urbana and the U of I welcome applications for entry-level police officers. Experienced officers are also welcome to apply.
Watseka Police Chief Jeremy Douglas has reviewed the most current list of candidates for police officers, telling the Public Safety Committee ‘it’s one of the better group of candidates we’ve ever had.”
Douglas says each of the candidates lists military backgrounds or has college education.
Jeff Ward has been hired. Classroom training begins in May. A list of 20 candidates was narrowed to five.
The driver of a semitrailer truck had to be rescued by boat Friday night after the vehicle went off Interstate 55 into the Vermilion River near Pontiac.
53-yar-old Roy Cagle of Johnston City was taken to OSF HealthCare Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac. He was treated and released.
The truck was southbound when it ran off the road for an unknown reason, struck a guard rail and then crossed the median and northbound lanes. Police said the truck slid down the embankment and landed upright in the river.
The truck, which was carrying little cargo, remained in the river overnight. Police reported hazardous materials weren't involved.