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Iroquois County Relay for Life nears $139,000 Raised

WATSEKA --  A "Carnival of Hope" theme generated tons of excitement Friday night at Watseka's Blake Field where hundreds of participents helped raise nearlt $139,000 for cancer research.

The 12th annual relay for the American Cancer Society attracted 30 teams, may walking the high school track until 6 am Saturday morning. 

Despite the struggling economy, co-chairmen of the event Chris Meredith and Joanna Milligan, said the suport was again "awesome" from the children to adults who make it all happen.

Publicity chairman Diann Peabody provided some fo the latest stats:


2012 Relay For Life of Iroquois County Statistics

The 12th year of Relay in Iroquois County—Began in 2001

          Theme:  “Carnival of Hope”


Luminaria            1132       exceeded goal of 1,000

Survivors             154    exceeded goal of 150

Earnings   $138,809 at midnight on June 9              Was at $115,000 after Bank Night, at $127,000 at 8PM on Friday, June 8, and then at $138,809 by midnight.  Could be expected to reach $140,000 within the next month.  Goal was $170,000

Corporate sponsorship:  $22,500 cash, $19,950 in-kind for a total of $42,450.  A record amount for Iroquois County.  Thanks to new donors and the continued generous support of previous donors.

Teams:  there were 30 contributing teams as of tally on Friday night, June 8

Participants at Relay:  estimated at over 500.   Final tally will come from online and onsite registrations and the survivor registrations

Individuals contributing $1,000 or more:  Sara Kaeb $3,084.75, Jerry Kaeb $2,826.00, and Pam Ristow $2,100.00—from the Fighting Into the Night team of Cissna Park; Gregg Buswell $2,542.81 and Sheila Buswell $2,535.00—from Team Mara of Watseka; Fred Bohlmann $2,034.00 and Mary Williams $2,025.00—from Wolfie’s Walkers team of Watseka; and Dale Schleef $1,920.00 of the Survivors by Faith team of Onarga.    There were a total of 20 people contributing $1,000 or more.  They are called Grand Club members.

Teams contributing--  Top five teams were Team Mara $13,621.38, Fighting Into the Night $12,686.00, Wolfie’s Walkers $12,593.94, Survivors by Faith $9,724.98, and Pennies From Heaven $9,332.55.

Activities throughout the night:  Scott Hawthorne of the Step by Step team from Milford walked around the track 216 times!  His team also was judged first in Campsite Decorations.    The Wolfie’s Walkers team was recognized for winning the Team Lap award for their costumes.  Throughout the night until the closing ceremony at 5:30AM teams participated in games and activities as well as walking.  They were awarded points for these different activities.  The team earning the most points was First Trust Bank Team (Watseka) with 9,835 points.  Four other teams following them in points earned were Super Heroes, Big R, Step by Step, and Team Corey.  


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Heritage FS Fertilizer Plant Gets Support from County’s Planning & Zoning Committee

Heritage FS has been given another green light to go ahead with plans for a new fertilizer plant in Douglas Township.  The Iroquois County Board’s Planning & Zoning Committee (Friday) voted unanimously to allow for an M-2 zoning manufacturing permit.  The site, along Route 45 south of Gilman, is currently zoned A-2 (agricultural).

The matter goes to the full County Board Tuesday (June 12).

Heritage FS spokesman Dana Robinson explained the 82 acre tract, between county roads 1600 and 1700 North, would be developed for an agronomy centralized distribution terminal.  Several buildings would include a 60 by 120 foot warehouse with an attached 48 by 60 foot shop.  An office building with parking lot and gravel driveways are included.

The project has the blessing of the Douglas Township Board, City of Gilman, the Iroquois Economic Development Association, and local businesses and farmers.

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Pontiac Police Chief Retiring; Accepts New Post at Olivet Nazarene University

PONTIAC Pontiac Police Chief Dale Newsome is retiring.  He’s accepted a new post at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.

Newsome begins his new job July 1.  He’s served Pontiac for 28 years..

Newsome will step down at the end of the month and will start a new career as the director of public safety for Olivet Nazarene University.


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Farmland values increasing in Woodford County

While Illinois imposed a 10 percent hike in farmland assessments seen tax bills recently mailed to Woodford County residents, high grain prices have also helped drive up the price of farmland.

“We did see some land auctions in Woodford County that happened in early March, and we had some as high as $12,000 to $13,000 an acre,” said Dana Wiegand, vice president at First Farm Credit in Morton. “That is a substantial increase over the last 12 months.

{courtesy:  Bloomington Pantapraph}

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Ford County raises $82,200 for American Cancer Society

GIBSON CITY — The annual Ford County Relay for Life was held under clear skies at Gibson City’s North Park after a brief rain shower late Saturday afternoon.

Nineteen fund-raising teams were participating with an average of 10-15 members per team according to Amanda German, staff partner with the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) office in Champaign.

German said the Sibley Burr Oak Tractor Team was the largest team with over 50 members. That team and several others have fund-raising goals of $10,000 or more.
She also thanked the nearly 30 local business sponsors helping with various aspects of Saturday evening’s event.

German estimated the crowd gathered at the North Park to be about 500 persons for the food, activities, and ceremonies preceding the walk.

German said the ACS set this year’s goal at $80,000, but the local committee raised the goal to $90,000.  {courtesy of News-Gazzette}

Read more: Ford County raises $82,200 for American Cancer Society