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Ag Day Friday at Buckley

"It's All Up in the Air ... Ag. Drones, Weather and More!"

That's this year's theme for the annual Ag Day event at Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley. The full-day event is sponsored by the Ford-Iroquois Extension Service through the University of Illinois.

Larry Haigh, Ag in the Classroom Coordinator, says the winter program gets you out of the cold and updated on ag issues.

The day kicks off at 8 a.m. with registration, coffee and rolls, and an opportunity to visit the 2015 Ford-Iroquois Extension/Agribusiness partner displays.

Dennis Bowman, a University of Illinois Extension crops systems educator, will kick off the day's talks with one entitled "Are ag Drones in Your Farm's Future?" Ford-Iroquois Master Gardener Mary Dickinson of Loda will simultaneously be presenting "Edi-mentals: Gardening with Edible Landscapes."

Jim Angel, Illinois state climatologist, will talk about that always-questionable weather pattern that may/may not affect the spring planting season. Before the complimentary lunch break, Patrick Doggett, field representative for U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, will deliver a Washington, D.C., update.

Afternoon sessions beginning at 1 pm finds Charlene Neukomm of the Ford County Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Tammy Hubert of the Iroquois County FSA speaking on "2014 Farm Bill Decisions."

Shelby Kaufman of Ehler Bros. Seed in Thomasboro will issue the "Illinois Soybean Associate 100-Bushel Challenge."

Young FFA members will offer an "FFA Update." Section 17 President Kade Hill, FFA Section 10 President Sydney Miller and FFA Section 10 Secretary Hayden Schaumburg are part of the program.

Door prizes will be presented too.

Ford-Iroquois Ag Day is free and open to the public. However, reservations are required and should be completed by today (Feb. 18) by calling the University of Illinois Extension office in Onarga at 815-268-4051. You can also register online at web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv.

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Congressman Kinzinger supports Jeb Bush for 2016

U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger predicts a Bush vs. Clinton rematch in 2016. And the Republican Kinzinger is throwing his support behind Jeb Bush.

Kinzinger, who's the Congressional voice for central-Illinois, including the Iroquois, Ford, Kankakee County area, plans to endorse Bush publicly in the near future.

Kinzinger said he supports the former Florida Governor because he continues to present himself as a moderate Republican despite a tendency by presidential candidates to play hard to their party bases before primary elections.

Kinzinger told the Bloomington Pantagraph editorial board that strategy could help him among moderate voters in the general election.

He added that concerns about Bush's lineage — he is the son of President George H.W. Bush, whom Bill Clinton defeated in 1992, and brother of President George W. Bush — are overblown.

Kinzinger said he anticipates Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic presidential nomination but could lose momentum before the election.

"She'd be the oldest president" at the time of taking office, he said.

Kinzinger added "even if it's Hillary (as president), it will be much better than what we have now, in my view, especially on foreign policy."

Kinzinger said on the Sunday edition of ABC's "This Week" that President Barack Obama has put Congress into an inappropriate position by making members approve ground operations to fight the Islamic State, also know as ISIS.

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Livingston County’s Lincoln/Reagan Dinner features new state comptroller

Leslie Munger, Illinois' recently-appointed comptroller will be the featured guest at the 2015 Annual Livingston County Republican Lincoln/Reagan Dinner. The event is set for March 6 at the Pontiac Elks Lodge. The program at 6 pm follows a reception at 5.

Munger was appointed in January by Governor Bruce Rauner to fill the vacancy following the death of Comptroller Judy Barr Topinka. Munger is a former executive with Unilever HPC/Helene Curtis. She has been an active community volunteer and leader for the Riverside Foundation, a not-for-profit residential facility for developmentally disabled adults in Lincolnshire where she was named Volunteer of the Year in 2013.

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$50,000 for workers at Bourbonnais Culver's following national honor

The Culver's restaurant in Bourbonnais is proudly calling itself #1...having recently been named the national company's top restaurant facility.

Employees of the Bourbonnais store will share a $50,000 prize for the Culver's Crew Challenge. The local outlet is owned by Katie Smith of Bourbonnais.

There are 500 Culver's nationwide. The Bourbonnais outlet was notified in December it was one of the four finalists. The Culver's Crew Challenge honor was announced February 4th at the national chain's annual convention in San Antonio, Texas.

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Missing person search resumes in Kankakee River

Emergency responders resume their search today for a missing Kankakee woman. A car was discovered in the Kankakee River Monday morning. The car is registered to 25-year-old Jessica Hinojosa who last seen Saturday night at a local tavern not far from the search site.

Miss Hinojosa was the subject of a missing person report, issued by Kankakee Police.

A patrolman discovered a hole in a fence that surrounds the river on East Avenue. That prompted the search and the woman's car was pulled from the river late Monday afternoon.

The Daily-Journal reported the woman's friends became concerned of her whereabouts Sunday.

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