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GRS students resume normal acitivies in Watseka

Classes are back in session and a normal school day is expected at Watseka's Glenn Raymond School after a bomb threat forced an evacuation Tuesday afternoon.  All students and staff were reported safe.  No one was injured when the school building on South Second Street was evacuated. 

Students were bused to the Watseka Community High School as a precuation, according to Unit Nine Superintendent Kenny Lee.  

The threatening message was found in a restroom stall.  Emergency personnel were called in and the building was searched before an all-clear was issued.

The investigation into who was responsible for the threatening message is continuing. 

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Indiana Lt. Governor learns precision farming in Newton County

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann visited South and North Newton high schools in Indiana Tuesday to see firsthand, how students are learning about the use of drones and precision farming. She said she's proud of the schools for investing in the future of agriculture.

The students used drones to photo fields and create videos of field operations.

"The Precision Agriculture is the wave of the future for agriculture. If we look at what's going to help us be productive, what's going to help the Midwest remain the heartland of not only the nation, but the world, " Ellspermann said.

She says there will be a greater need for people with technical-agriculture degrees in the future.
The precision farming education is helped thru a $500,000 grant from the Governor's Office.

The students have been using the drones to collect photos and data of fields. In return, it will help to maximize crop yields.

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United Way of Kankakee County opening new facility

The United Way of Kankakee County is ready for another holiday season. And the hope is, those generous donations will continue to help brighten the holiday season for those in need.

The United Way is opening its new Thrift Store Friday 10/30. Retail Operations Manager Robert Schuman tells WGFA listeners it's in the former Aldi store on Locke Drive in Bradley....

A family store and donation center occupies the building. Friday's ribbon-cutting at 9 am welcomes the public.

Several activities are part of the ribbon-cutting event (Friday). The United Way is also offering a 10% discount on its merchandise, if you bring a new toy or non-perishable food donation.

Store hours are 9a to 9p Monday thru Saturday. The common United Way Drop Boxes are also available at several locations.

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Gibson City man sentenced to 8 years for burglary

27-year-old Kyle Gibson of Gibson City was handed an 8-year prison term (Monday) in Ford County Circuit Court.

Gibson pleaded guilty earlier to four counts of burglary and a single count of burglary involving a place of worship. He was sentenced as a Class X offender for each count. He will receive credit for 186 days already served at the Ford County Jail in Paxton.

Judge Matt Fitton imposed the sentence.

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Route 1 bridge work in Watseka, closures this week

Illinois Route 1 bridge work continues in Watseka.  And this week, short term closures will cause delays that motorists should be aware of, both north and southbound.

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced the short term closures are scheduled Wednesday thru Friday (October 28 - October 30th).

The closures will be intermittent throughout the day and last 10-20 minutes each.  The closures will allow for concreate beams to be set for the new bridge.  The scheduled work depends on weather conditions and should begin by 8 am each day.  Lengthy delays are expected at times.  Motorists are urged to seek an alternate route. No detour will be posted.

The bridge work is in conjunction with a $4,786, 120 contract awarded to Iroquois Paving Corporation of Watseka.  The project is for construction of a new bridge and corresponding road work carrying Route 1 over the Iroquois River.  The expected completion date of the prject is in 2016.

Motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution when traveling thru the work zone and be alert for changing traffic patterns, flagmen and all other workers.

Traffic lights are in place for northbound and southbound traffic during the one-way route across the bridge.  Southbound motorists should also be alert, and when stopped for a red light --- Do Not block the turn lane on to Township Road 1950E (Radio Station Road). 

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