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Vermilion Manor Nursing Home for Sale

Officials in Vermilion County have turned to a marketing firm to help sell the county-owned Vermilion Manor Nursing Home.

County Board Chairman Gary Weinard (Why’-nerd) said the firm will simply market the home, just like a real-estate agent.

County attorney Bill Donahue said the county has signed an agreement with the Chicago office of Marcus and Millichap. He said the firm gets commission only if there is a sale.

Last fall, Vermilion County voters gave county officials the authority to pursue a sale of the county-owned facility, which has struggled financially off and on for many years. The biggest hurt has been since 2011, because of slow reimbursement payments from the state for Medicaid costs.

In November 2011, the facility was owed as much as $1 million in Medicaid funding and was struggling to pay its bills.

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Iroquois Relay seeks youth involvement

“Ten Decades of ACS: Why Not Celebrate Big.” That’s the 2013 theme for Relay for Life.

And in Iroquois County, a youth movement finds organizers encouraging young people to get involved in Relay for Life.

Sara Kestler is the Team Development Coordinator. She says nyone interested can register online at relayforlife.org/iroquoisil

Organizational meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of the month at Watseka Community High School at 7 pm.

This year’s relay at WCHS is June 14th.


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Watseka Council OK’s Watseka Ford Sales Tax Agreement

There’s a green light for the proposed move by the Watseka Ford Lincoln dealership to Watseka’s east side.

The Watseka City Council (Tues) voted to approve a sales tax agreement with the dealership and Bell Holdings. It’s an agreement that plugs a $65,000 base sales tax into the city coffers for 15 years. After that, the city receives 100% of the sales tax generated.

In between, after the first five years, Watseka receives the $65,000 base plus five-percent of any sales tax generated. And for the last five years of the original 15 year agreement, the city gets 10% in addition to the $65,000 base.

The vote was not unanimous. It was a 4-2 vote to approve. Two aldermen were absent.

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ATV rider killed by Amtrak train

An Essex man was killed Wednesday afternoon when the all-terrain vehicle he was driving was hit by an Amtrak passenger train. It happened just southwest of Gardner.

28-year-old Brad Emanuelson was pronounced dead at the scene at 1 p.m. by Grundy County Coroner John Callahan.

The victim was one of three ATV drivers who were operating on railroad right-of-way but 12:30 p.m. They were near Old Route 66, when the train struck his ATV.

Callahan said the crash remains under investigation by his office, the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department and the railroad police.

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First Trust and Savings Bank Recognized as Top Guaranteed Housing Lender

Champaign, Ill., February 27, 2013 — First Trust and Savings Bank in Watseka was recognized with top honors by the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development as a Million Dollar Lender for 2012. The recognition is made annually to lenders that excel in using the federal agency’s guaranteed loan program to increase home ownership.

“Fiscal Year 2012 was another successful year for Rural Development. Illinois guaranteed 4,671 loans totaling over $450 million. Lending partners like First Trust and Savings Bank make this program possible,” said Colleen Callahan, State Director for Illinois Rural Development.

With the Rural Development guarantee, lenders can offer 100 percent financing with no required down payment, no maximum purchase price, competitive fixed market interest rates and 30-year terms. The program includes flexible credit guidelines and generous income limits.

Interested homebuyers can call First Trust and Savings Bank at 815-432-2494 or Rural Development at 866-481-9575 for more information on the guaranteed home loans.

Rural Development has more than 40 programs that foster growth and economic stability in rural areas by providing affordable financing and technical assistance. In addition to housing, support is available for regional food systems, broadband and biofuel infrastructure, business development and community needs. More information on USDA Rural Development programs is available on the web at www.rurdev.usda.gov/il.