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Brittany Fischer crowned Iroquois Fair Queen

Nineteen-year-old Brittany Fischer of Watseka is the new queen of the Iroquois County 4-H and Agricultural Fair. She was crowned Wednesday night at the Crescent City fairgrounds.

Brittany is the daughter of Darrin and Julie Fischer.

The new 2014 queen was crowned by her cousin, the outgoing 2013 fair queen, Kymber Nakaerts of Clifton. The pageant marked the 44th year for the annual event to get the county fair underway.

First runner-up was Casey Widholm of Clifton. Second runner-up was Alison Hamrick of Iroquois. Miss Congeniality went to Courtney Bossong of Watseka.

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UPDATE: Potomac woman dies in crash in Iroquois County

                                       Victim was former Hoopeston resident

The Champaign County Coroner's office has identified a Potomac woman who died of injuries she sustained in a single-vehicle accident Wednesday in Iroquois County.

29-year-old Sarah Heffelfinger-Taylor was pronounced dead just past 4 pm at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup released the information.

Iroquois County sheriff's police reported Heffelfinger-Taylor was westbound on Iroquois County Road 500 North, east of Illinois 1, in Prairie Green Township. It was around 12 noon when her vehicle left the road, hitting a railroad embankment and went airborne before landing on the west side of the railroad property.

The Wellington-Greer Fire Department, Milford Fire Department and Hoopeston Area EMS also responded to the accident.

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Iroquois County crash kills Hoopeston woman

A Hoopeston woman died Wednesday afternoon from injuries she suffered after a rollover accident in Prairie Green Township. The woman hasn't been identified.


Iroquois County Sheriff's Police report the woman was westbound on Iroquois County Road 500N east of Illinois Route 1 when her vehicle left the roadway striking the railroad embankment. She was pronounced dead at Carle Hospital in Urbana after being air-lifted from the crash site.


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Tate & Lyle expanding in Indiana, new jobs

Tate & Lyle is investing more than $90 million into two Lafayette, Indiana facilities.


Vice President of Community and Government Relations Chris Olsen said "The two plants in Lafayette represent more production capacity than we have in any one location any place in the world." The production capacity at the two Lafayette Tate & Lyle facilities is about to grow after Tuesday's announcement.
Olsen said there are two primary reasons for the investment.


"It will help grow our production capabilities," Olsen said. "But there will also be a substantial investment in pollution control equipment, which should help improve our environmental footprint."


A tax abatement approval opened the doors for the expansion.


The projects are expected to take about three years to complete and will add 10 new jobs.


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K4 is now Pilot Hill wind farm for Iroquois-Kankakee Counties

                            Ownership changes to California company


San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy is now the principle owner of what was the K4 wind farm project. And the Pilot Hill wind farm project is ready for the first phase of construction.


EDF Renewable Energy has acquired 96% of what was K4. The project is re-named Pilot Hill. Vision Energy Group of Cincinnati was the original owner with plans to develop the K4 project and include parts of Kankakee, Iroquois, Ford and Livingston counties. The wind turbine project is now scaled down to parts of Kankakee, Iroquois and eventually, Ford.


The plan is calling for a 199-turbine, 340-megawatt wind farm. Construction of the 175-megawatt first phase may be started early in August. The plan includes 61 turbines in Kankakee County and 42 in Iroquois County. The company website sets no timeline for construction of Phase II, which includes up to 96 turbines in Ford County. They would be the Kempton area in Rogers Township.


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