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Agriculture scholarships awarded to students

Emily Vaughn of Gilman and Hayden Schaumburg of Watseka are among 24 high school seniors who will be pursuing agriculture-related majors in college. Both have been awarded a $1,500 scholarship by Farm Credit Illinois.

Vaughn, the daughter of Doug and Stacie Vaughn, will graduate from Iroquois West High School and attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to major in crop sciences.

Schaumburg, the son of Clint and Jolyn Schaumburg, will graduate from Watseka Community High School and attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to major in agriculture business.

This is the 13th year of the Farm Credit agriculture scholarship program. Farm Credit Illinois has awarded nearly $300,000 to 274 student since 2004. Scholarship selections are based on a combination of academic achievement, participation and leadership in school and community organizations, and the applicant's commitment to an agricultural career.

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Community Improvement Grants courtesy of Farm Credit Illinois

The Prairie Champions 4-H Club and Milford High School FFA chapter are doing their parts to improve Iroquois County communities.

Farm Credit Illinois recently awarded 60 4-H clubs and FFA chapters with $250 grants to pursue projects that are designed to make their communities better places to live.

The Prairie Champions 4-H Club will use the funds to renovate, update and clean the Buckley Lake recreation area. The Milford FFA chapter plans to use funds to repair and paint benches, a pavilion and basketball court at the Milford Community Park.

This is the eighth year that Farm Credit Illinois has funded community improvement grants, now totaling more than $60,000.

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Gibson City benefits from $100,000 grant to improve lighting

Gibson City is the recipient of nearly $100,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for lighting improvements in the downtown area.

The Gibson City council had already approved the plan for changing the downtown lighting and was waiting for grant approval.

A total of 32 lights will replace the aging Ameren Illinois-supplied silver street lights.

A two-week bid advertisement began March 29. Bid opening is planned for April 8 at city hall.

The lighting work is scheduled to after July 4 and completed by early August.

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Power outage affects Iroquois County

Watseka, Sheldon, Milford and Iroquois are among the communities in the dark this (Friday) morning. A power outage took out the lights at about 5:20 am.

There was no immediate word on the source of the problem. Emergency communications reports it may be 7:30 or 8 am before the power is re-stored.

Watseka had 1,286 customers affected. Up to 733 Sheldon residents were in the dark, the village of Iroquois and Milford are also affected by the interruption.

The Illinois State Police Weigh Station along Route 24, east of Sheldon, is also out of service.

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Watseka men arrested on METH charges

Bond was set (Tuesday) in Iroquois Circuit Court for three Watseka men facing Meth-related charges. Watseka Police made the arrests during a traffic stop Monday night.

33-year-old Jonathan Farris and 24-year-old Travis Houser were each jailed on $50,000 bonds. 26-year-old Brock Kraay's bond was set at $5,000.

All three suspects were charged with Possession of meth precursors, manufacturing methamphetamine, and conspiracy to manufacture meth.

Farris is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis. Kraay was also ticketed for No valid driver's license, operating a non-insured vehicle and unlawful use of registration.

An officer recognized Kraay as the driver of a vehicle, knowing Kraay did not have a driver's license. Following a traffic stop on E. Walnut Street, police then observed numerous items inside the vehicle that are used to manufacture meth.

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