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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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River Valley Recycling re-opening Iroquois County site

Spring clean-up may on the minds of several people. And – River Valley Recycling (RVR) is ready to help.

RVR owner Kyle Bruno tells WGFA-listeners the Route 24 location between Watseka and Crescent City, closed during the winter months, is opening for Spring business. It's re-opening Monday, April 4th.

The Winter months not always real busy, but then, commodity prices weren't real good either during 2015. Bruno says the good news is Iroquois County residents can again visit the local site.

Prices are rebounding. RVR is able to offer the highest buy-prices now over the last 7 months. Plus, Bruno adds, RVR is offering a Special Cash Bonus to the TOP 3 customers bringing in the most pounds of scrap during the first week open.

"Whoever brings in the most pounds of scrap between April 4 -9 will earn cash prizes," Bruno said. "It doesn't have to be hauled in one stop. We'll accumulate your pounds all week."

First prize is $75 cash, 2nd place is $40 and 3rd place $25. The competition is for the Iroquois County location ONLY.

Visit RVR sites in Iroquois County and also at 550 N. Hobbie Avenue in Kankakee. Check it out online at rivervalleyrecycling.net or call toll free 877-787-0078.

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Ameren offers payment plan

Ameren Illinois residential customers who have fallen behind on their utility bill may benefit from programs and assistance being offered by the utility company.

Customers with overdue bills have a chance to pay them off and avoid any consequences of having their service cut off.

For a limited time, eligible Ameren Illinois customers with past due balances can establish a repayment plan by making a 10 percent down payment. Starting April 1st, customers with outstanding balances will be required to pay 25 percent of the amount owed before they can establish a monthly payment plan. To establish a payment plan, customers can call Ameren Illinois Customer Service at 1-800-755-5000.

Customers may also set up an agreement by visiting AmerenIllinois.com.

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