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Ford County Route 800N to be resurfaced

The Loda Lake Road will be resurfaced. Iroquois Paving Corporation has been awarded a $1.4 million bid to improve the 7.4 mile stretch of County road 800N between Melvin and Roberts.

The Ford County Board unanimously approved the project (Monday). The project covers an area from Illinois 115 in Wall Township south of Roberts to Illinois 54 in Dix Township south of Melvin.

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Ford County Health Department OK financially

The Ford County Public Health Department's financial heartbeat apprears to be OK, even under the crunch of the state's budget impasse. Administrator Lana Sample told the County Board her agency remains financially "OK" and will be able to maintain operations for the rest of the year even if state reimbursements don't arrive. Sample said she is trying to cut costs anywhere she can, including not filling two vacated positions.

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FFA conventioneers visit Purdue University

The 87th Indiana FFA State Convention finds more than 2,000 future farmers on the Purdue University campus this week.

State officers introduced themselves (Wednesday) and discussed their ongoing mission to teach leadership, while innovating agriculture through technology.

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz made a special appearance. She told members of the National FFA Organization that agricultural education is a key part to the state's economy.

Ritz said, "The agriculture of today is not the agriculture of the past."

She said agriculture education is now way more than just the study of plants.

Ritz also discussed the importance of making food more affordable for lower-income families.

The FFA Convention runs through Friday.

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Update: 10-year-old boy killed by tree branch identified

The White County Sheriff's Office in Indiana today (Wednesday) confirmed the identity of the victim in Tuesday's accident at the Indiana Beach Campground was 10-year-old Blaike Glassburn of Mishawaka, Indiana.

The boy was camping with family when a branch fell on his tent.

White County Sheriff Patrick Shafer said Indiana Beach security officers performed CPR on the boy until paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at IU Health White Memorial Hospital in Monticello on Tuesday.

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Kankakee County Board burdened with may be more budget cuts

The Kankakee County Board has a second meeting planned this week, in addition to Tuesday's regular monthly meeting. And the reason is due to hot issues that consumed discussion time yesterday.

The Board's finance committee last week considered another $400,000 in budget cuts. The Board is in need of cuts and hope for finding new revenues. The county's $25.3 million budget has already been cut $8 million over the last four years.

The board also has a decision to select a liability insurance carrier. The Daily-Journal reports, the insurance, which comes with a price tag of about $1 million, covers a massive amount of liability for the county ranging from vehicles to litigation from inmates at the county jail.

The board has two competing bids this year from brokers (including Deuschle-Gilmore Insurance of Kankakee and George Ryan Jr. Insurance Group of Kankakee).

One bid is $915,000, although an alternative also is being offered. The other company in place now, has covered the county for years and submitted two bids for $1.1 million and $1.4 million, according to the county's budget documents.

The proposals will be presented at Thursday's meeting.

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