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Newton County Punkin Vine Fair ready to go

The annual Newton County, IN Punkin Vine Fair starts this next week.  The 97th edition of the fair unfolds at the fairgrounds north of Kentland.  Many of the usual attractions are included, including the Queen pageant Monday evening.

94.1 WGFA will broadcast the queen pageant with seven ladies competing. The pageant is at 8 pm.  The Little Miss and Mister Contest precedes the pageant at 6:30 pm.

Church Night is Sunday.  Tuesday night, Dustin Lynch is in concert with special guest The Wolfe Brothers. Visit the website for ticket info www.newtoncountyfair.com

Wednesday is Earth Night.  Thursday offers 4-H Night at the Fair.  Antique Tractor Parade and the ITPA & IPL Truck & Tractor Pull is set for 7:30 pm.

Harness racing has been cancelled.

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Vermilion County Fair & Expo continues

The 2016 Vermilion County Fair & Expo opened Wednesday and continues this weekend at the fairgrounds, west of Danville.

The Truck & Tractor Pull is at 6 pm today (Friday). Saturday’s Stadium Motocross is set for 6 pm. The Dirt Drag is Sunday at 3 pm.

Today (Friday) is also Ag Day. Saturday is Family Day and Community Day is Sunday.

Wednesday’s Queen Pageant saw a Rossville woman, 19-year-old Katie Brown, crowned the 2016 Queen.

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Iroquois County Sheriff Dept announces scholarship winners

The Illinois Sheriffs' Association and the Iroquois County Sheriff's Golf Outing have announced this year's scholarship winners. Recipients are all recent high school graduates with plans to pursue university degrees.

Theresa Trask of Cissna Park was awarded a $500 scholarship from the Illinois Sheriffs' Association. The Cissna Park grad will attend DePaul University to pursue a management degree.

Elizabeth Duis, Jacob Emerson, McKensie Hagen and Andrew Hack are all $1,000 scholarship winners, courtesy of the Iroquois County Sheriff's Golf Outing Scholarship for 2016-2017.

Miss Duis is a Milford High School graduate. She plans to attend Butler University to pursue a science degree.

Jacob Emerson is a grad of St. Anne High School. He'll pursue a Biochemistry degree from the University of Illinois.

McKensie Hagen graduated from Watseka High School. Her plan is to attend Butler University for a degree in Pharmacy and Chemistry.

Andre Hack graduated this year from Central High School at Clifton. He'll seek a degree in engineering at the U of I.

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Mitigation Plan meeting in Iroquois County

Finding the means to lessen the impact of natural hazards is the focus of a hazard mitigation meeting in Watseka next week. The Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will host the second meeting for renewal of the County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The meeting is Tuesday, July 12, at 1 pm at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Iroquois County Courthouse.

The county-wide mitigation plan addresses natural hazards, including tornadoes, floods, and blizzards, which impact Iroquois County. The focus is to develop long-term proposals on how to lessen the severity of these hazards in the communities.

This is the second meeting in the process to renew the Hazard Mitigation Plan. The public is welcome to attend. Local elected and appointed officials are encouraged to participate in the meetings to establish long-term plans and cooperation across Iroquois County.

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Watseka officials to talk about rising insurance rates

The Watseka City Council is meeting in special session next week (Tuesday 7/12) to find solutions to increased rates for health insurance.

The employee health insurance premium is being bumped up 50% by current provider Humana. The premium will increase from $12,000 to $19,000. The current policy expires July 31st, so urgent action is needed to allow time for any new arrangement to take shape.

Mayor Bob Harwood said it's a tough pill to swallow. Decision must be made. Five other insurance carriers have submitted proposals for city leaders to consider.

Twenty-one city employees are covered 100% under the current policy.

The special meeting is 8 pm Tuesday at city hall.

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