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College Day at DACC

Over 60 colleges and universities from nine states will have representatives on the Danville Area Community College campus Thursday (September 22). The 37th Annual College Day allows visitors to get information about classes offered on their respective campuses.
The public can meet the reps from 9 am until 11:am. in the Mary Miller Gymnasium at Danville Area Community College.
College and University representatives who will be participating include ones from the following:
• University of Illinois at Chicago and Champaign-Urbana
• Ball State University
• Bradley University
• Eastern Illinois University
• Illinois State University
• Illinois Wesleyan University
• Indiana State University
• Milliken University
• Missouri University of Science and Technology
• Olivet Nazarene University
• Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Edwardsville
• University of Notre Dame
• University of South Alabama
• Western Illinois University

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Fall Harvest officially underway …

East-central Illinois farmers are hard at it. The Fall harvest is well underway. And weather conditions have been near perfect so far this week.

Many farmers were harvesting Monday. Yields are reported pretty good, so far. Prices may be another story, but record yields are likely for both corn and beans.

And as the fall harvest continues, motorists are again being reminded to be careful on the rural roads. Slow moving farm equipment is the norm during the harvest.

Farm Credit Illinois is promoting National Farm Safety Week with its popular ‘Meals in the Field” program. Area farm families benefit from a free, delivered lunch, courtesy of Farm Credit Illinois.

Dietrich Brothers Farms in Papineau, Kevin Hamrick in rural Donovan, David Andris and family from Milford and Darrell Reinhart of Milford all enjoyed a Farm Credit Illinois lunch so fat this week.

This is National Farm Safety & Health Week and County Farm Bureau offices remind farm operations about safety.

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Watseka aldermen consider water/sewer rate hike of 50%

A new proposal in Watseka calls for a water/sewer rate increase of 50 percent rather than the earlier-proposed 75%, then another 25% next Spring.

The finance committee is now proposing the 50% hike, to lessen the impact on local taxpayers. The newest proposal came Tuesday evening. It calls for the 50% increase beginning November 1. The full Council could consider a vote on the proposal later this month.

Alderman Mike Marcier has concerns for the people out there really struggling. Similar concern comes from Alderman Dennis Cahoe .......

Cahoe and Marcier even talked about a 35% increase to start.

It’s been made clear, a rate increase is a must to make improvements to the system for the future. The city is also still contemplating a sale of the water/sewer system. Aqua Illinois has offered to buy the system for $10.5 million. The city could also continue having ERH Enterprises manage the system under contract or taking the system back and operating it with its own city employees.

Whatever decision is yet to come, the rate increases have to happen, according to Mayor Harwood.

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Carle Flu Clinics offered at area sites

Carle community flu clinics begin Saturday (September 24) and will run through December 31 at various locations in east central Illinois.

No appointment is necessary at the community flu clinics. Walk-in service is available.

The clinic service is offered at Milford, Watseka and Hoopeston. A clinic in Danville is also available.

322 Chicago Street, Milford
October 4: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
October 18: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Walk-in flu shots for ages 6 months and older. No appointment necessary.

Carle–Hoopeston (Charlotte Ann Russell Medical Center)
801 E. Orange Street, Hoopeston
September 26: 8:30 a.m.—10:30 a.m.
September 30: 1:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m.
Walk-in flu shots for ages 6 months and older.

Carle – Danville on Fairchild
311 W. Fairchild Street, Danville
September 24: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Walk-in flu shots for adults only.

Carle – Watseka
1490 E. Walnut Street, Watseka
September 26: 8:30 a.m.—10:30 a.m.
September 30: 1:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m.
Walk-in flu shots for ages 6 months and older.

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Gas prices may be affected by refinery shutdown

Indiana’s BP Whiting Refinery has shut down two major units for maintenance work. Officials say the refinery could be down for more than a week.

Reuters reports the refinery will greatly reduce production over the next 10 days, after shutting down its massive 290,000 barrel-per-day Crude Distillation Unit (Pipestill 12) and a 110,000 barrel-per-day gasoline producing fluidic catalytic cracking unit.

The work was scheduled. Fall maintenance work is beginning at Whiting.

BP’s refinery on Lake Michigan, which supplies seven states in the Midwest, can produce up to 430,000 barrels per day, so the repairs are likely to result in a steep drop in production. Any disruption at the BP Whiting Refinery typically results in the rise of gas prices, which average $2.20 a gallon in the Gary metro and $2.38 in Chicago, according to GasBuddy.com.

In this case, the idled units would keep gas prices high a little said Patrick DeHaan, a GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst.

“Not likely to push prices higher, rather will prevent prices from dropping as much as they otherwise would have as we transitioned back to winter gasoline and demand weakens,” he said.

Local gas prices are posted at $1.94 to $1.99 per gallon.
The Whiting Refinery, which stretches into Hammond and East Chicago, also operates two other crude distillation units and another cat cracker unit.

The crude distillation unit that’s being worked on is the largest of the three at the Midwest’s largest refinery.

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