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Birkey’s Farm Store Inc. to acquire Farm Pride equipment

Birkey’s Farm Store Inc., a full-line Case IH and Case Construction dealer, has agreed to acquire the Farm Pride network of equipment dealerships.

Farm Pride is currently located in Arthur, Shelbyville, Casey, Newton, and Mattoon. The acquisition is expected to close in mid-August.

“This is a great opportunity for Birkey’s to expand our dealership operations into contiguous territory directly south of our existing footprint,” said Mike Hedge, president and chief executive officer of Birkey’s Farm Store Inc., which has stores throughout Illinois, including in Gibson City.

“We look forward to developing relationships and serving the needs of customers in the Farm Pride territory with the same high level of service that our customers have come to expect from us over the last 62 years,” Hedge added.

Birkey’s Farm Store Inc., founded in 1954, is headquartered in Champaign. The Birkey’s network serves the Illinois communities of Annawan, Bloomington, Galesburg, Gibson City, Henry, Hoopeston, Macomb, Mattoon, Oakland, Polo, Prophetstown, and Urbana, as well as Williamsport, Ind.

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Plane crash at Dwight

The FAA will be involved in the investigation of a plane crash overnight at Dwight. A single-engine plan crashed in a bean field.  An Oak Park (IL) woman escaped serious injury.  She was reportedly the lone person onboard.

Dwight fire and other Livingston County emergency responders were on the scene. 

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Watseka Route 1 bridge project plans overnight closing

The construction of the new bridge over the Iroquois River at Watseka will find the project closing ALL TRAFFIC overnight on August 1.

The bridge traffic, north of Watseka, is limited to a single-lane, controlled by traffic lights.  But as crews prepare to pour concrete for the second span of the project, all traffic will be shut down from 8 pm Monday, August 1 until it reopens at 6 am Tuesday, August 2.

The planned overnight closing is weather permitting.  Motorists should plan to use alternate routes.

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SYGMA fire in Danville, damage may exceed $1 million

A Danville fire Wednesday morning may result in damages over $1 million dollars. A storage trailer at the SYGMA Networks Distribution Center on Southgate Drive caught fire, causing damage to the rear of the building.

Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said there is heavy smoke and water damage in the warehouse when the sprinkler system was triggered.

There were no reports of any injuries. Danville Fire officials reported preliminary estimates are that overall damages may exceed one-million dollars. Damage estimates to the storage trailer and rear of the building were placed at $50-thousand dollars apiece. It is inside the building where fire officials say damages may exceed one-million dollars because of smoke and water damage.

The SYGMA Network is a wholesale food distribution company that delivers food products to restaurants and other locations across the Midwest.

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Newton County, IN fire destroys home

An early-morning house fire in Morocco, Indiana (Wednesday) left the structure destroyed. There was no injury. Morocco Fire Chief Corrie Myers is calling it a total loss.

Morocco Fire and the Indiana Stat5e Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

A 911 call just before 2 am indicated flames were visible from the Home at 301 W. Grove Street. When crews from Morocco and Brook-Iroquois Township volunteer fire departments arrived on scene, they found the home engulfed.

Nathan Banister was asleep inside. A smoke detector alerted him and he was able to get out without injury.
Firefighters had the blaze under control in under an hour and were able to protect nearby homes. The home is believed to be a total loss.

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