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Murder suspect's trial pushed back to April

A Paxton man's second-degree murder trial has been rescheduled for April.

33-year-old Sean F. Kelley is charged in connection with the stabbing death of Jeffrey D. Potts of Paxton. The 49-year-old victim was killed October 17th.

Kelley could be facing a sentence ranging from probation to four -15 years in prison if convicted of second-degree murder, a Class 1 felony.

Judge Stephen Pacey did agree to reduce Kelley's $1 million bond to $250,000.

Kelly is claiming self-defense.

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Murder trial in foster child's death delayed until April

April 21st (2014) is a new trial date for a former Cullom woman charged with murder in the 2011 death of a foster child.

30-year-old Heather Lamie is charged in the death of four-year-old Kianna Rudesill. Livingston County Judge Mark Fellheimer (Monday) granted a request for the later trial date.
Ford County Judge Stephen Pacey had scheduled the trial for January 6th . Pacey announced earlier this month that he is retiring at the end of the month.

The defense had told Judge Pacey that an expert witnesses would not be available for the January 6 trial and suggested the trial be delayed until summer. Pacey said he would let the judge assigned to the case determine whether the trial would be delayed.

The case was recently assigned to Judge Fellheimer. (on Dec. 11).

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Christmas Cantata: Hope of the Broken World

The popular Iroquois County Christmas Cantata will perform five times beginning this Friday. The program is again at the First Christian Church in Watseka.

"Hope of the Broken World" is this year's theme. Director Pat Neal says "the title says it all; we're involved with a troubled world and seems to be getting worse."

"Jesus is our hope. Jesus is the one true hope for all of us, yet He's being pushed out of our schools, communities and family lives," Neal said.

The popularity of the Cantata finds ticket availability limited. Call 708-522-2272.

The voices of the Cantata are comprised of people from churches all over Iroquois County. There's 86 individuals representing 21 towns and 34 churches. Neal said there's a lot of talented voices, including the 4th and 5th grade junior-choir.

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Livingston County Farm Bureau Donates Hams for Eleventh Year

The Livingston County Farm Bureau in cooperation with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board donated $300 in gift certificates for forty-four (44) hams for the Livingston County Community Food Pantry. The donation highlights the importance of corn as a feed product for livestock. The Bureau says we could not enjoy a delicious ham for Christmas dinner without the corn farmer growing the corn and the livestock farmer feeding the corn to their hogs.

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Grant money a concern with demise of FIPHD

A bi-county financial arrangement between Ford and Iroquois County may be necessary in order to keep grant monies in place for the health departments.

The Ford-Iroquois Health department's interim-administrator said a financial arrangement will be needed between the two counties, even though the two counties are planning to create their own independent health services.

Steve Williams says the two counties need time to organize but the dual-checkbook will help keep grant money flowing for everyone to benefit.

A possible inter-governmental agreement will be studied. Meanwhile, others, including a study group, recommend the existing Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department not be dissolved. The group suggests the two county boards and the health department board reconsider the already-voted on dissolution to keep costs and services in place.

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