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Pontiac attorney named 11th Circuit associate judge

Pontiac attorney Sarah Duffy has been selected to serve as associate judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit.

Duffy is with the law firm Fellheimer Law Firm Ltd. And was selected by the judges of the circuit, according to the announcement issued Thursday by Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.

Duffy was chosen from among 15 candidates to fill the first of what is expected to be three openings for associate judge positions in the circuit that serves Ford, Livingston, Logan, McLean and Woodford counties.

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Watseka Police arrest man with knife

A store-clerk alerted police about a man armed with a knife in Watseka.  Watseka Police (Thursday) arrested 42-year-old Patrick Laird for aggravated assault and disoderly conduct. 

The clerk told police she was threatened with a knife by a customer in the 500-block of E. Walnut Street.  Police used a surveillance video to identify the suspect as a local resident.  After he was located, polcie also charged Lairs with possession of a controlled substance.

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Historic Farm Days at Penfield kicks-off

An added attraction at this year’s Historic Farm Days in Penfield is a twilight tractor drive. The drive rolls along rural areas north of Penfield.

The annual show opens today (Thursday) and runs through Sunday in Champaign County.

The tractor drive will depart the grounds of the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club at 6 p.m. and return prior to nightfall.

I&I official John Fredrickson told 94.1 WGFA listeners the tractor drive is a popular attraction at the biennial Half Century of Progress Show in Rantoul, which is also sponsored by the club.

"One of the members suggested it," Fredrickson said. "We really don't have any entertainment on Thursday night. We thought it would be a fun idea.”

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Rankin to join program to eliminate blight

The village of Rankin is joining the Intergovernmental Municipality Land Bank program. Village Board members voted to take the step with up to 15 communities to clean up property sites.

There is no cost involved; the program simply asks that someone from the community or the village board serve as a board member.

The program is designed to help eliminate blight in communities by cleaning up properties and getting them back on the tax rolls. The program has been awarded a $30,000 grant and a $3,000 grant from the state. Additional funding has been received from counties, and the program also is supported by donations.

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West Nile virus detected in Ford County

The Ford County Public Health Department reports the West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes in the county. The department has had two dead birds tested, but the virus was not present in either of them.

Citizens are reminded that only mosquito repellent with at least 20 percent of the ingredient DEET is effective against the virus-carrying mosquitoes.

Ford County officials listened to opposition about wind farms ---

Members of the Ford County Board listened but offered no comment after a handful of citizens voiced concerns about proposed revisions to the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms.

The Ford County Board is yet to consider proposed changes to the county ordinance regarding wind farm regulations. A zoning committee has suggested changes, including setback requirements. The county zoning commission will consider changes before advancing a plan to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Any proposals then is forwarded to the full County Board.

At Monday night’s County Board meeting, citizens addressed health concerns already talked about.

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