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Watseka firm wins bid for new community center in Ludlow

J&J General Contracting of Watseka will oversee construction of a new building in the Champaign County town of Ludlow.

J&J Contracting was the lowest bidder of 10 firms and will build a new community center. The bid was for $328,500.

The Ludlow Board approved the bid on a 3-2 vote. A target date for completion of the construction is mid-September.

An arsonist destroyed the Ludlow Community Center last year. 28-year-old Wayne Largent was sentenced to 30 years in prison for torching the community center, which also housed the Ludlow Police Station. Largest was led to believe evidence against him linked to a crime was stored inside the police station and wanted to destroy it.

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Bonfield man convicted by Ford County jury for obstructing justice, possession of cannabis

A Ford County jury convicted a Bonfield man on charges of obstructing justice and unlawful possession of cannabis. The same jury acquitted 30-year-old Chet Seliga of a DUI charge.

A sentencing date is set for May 31. Seliga faces penalties ranging from probation to up to three years in prison for the Class 4 felony of obstructing justice.

He's also looking at probation to up to 30 days in jail for unlawful possession of cannabis.

Seliga was arrested in December of 2014 during a traffic stop in Cabery in Ford County. The traffic offenses were dismissed in favor of the obstruction of justice, cannabis and DUI charges.

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Cloonen Sponsors Legislation to Fund Agricultural Education

State Rep. Kate Cloonen is sponsoring new legislation to reinstate funding for agricultural education programs throughout Illinois.

"Agriculture is one of the largest industries in our area and the economic backbone of so many of the towns and villages throughout the region," said Cloonen. "Supporting our state's number one industry requires that we educate a new generation in the latest practices and technologies in the industry."

Cloonen is co-sponsoring House Bill 6424 to reinstate funding for agriculture education at the full $1.8 million amount, despite Governor Rauner's proposal to eliminate this funding. Kankakee County, like much of Illinois, depends on agriculture as a vital part of the local economy. A recent study by Decision Innovation Solutions showed that nearly one-fifth of the county's economic production is from farming.

"We must continue to fund programs that invest in our future and support core parts of our economy," Cloonen added. "Eliminating funding for agriculture education is a huge mistake for a state that relies so heavily on the agriculture economy. We cannot dig our way out by harming our most productive industries throughout the state."

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Ag Club at DACC hosts Open House

Danville Area Community College is hosting its Ag Day today (Thursday). The annual event is on the DACC campus, running from 9 am 'thru 1 pm. The public is welcome.

The Ag Club is hosting a barnyard petting zoo, pedal tractor pulls for children, tractors and farm equipment displays, and a tour of the DACC Greenhouse. Other ag exhibits are on display too.

The cost is a mere 50-cents. The fee includes a barbecue lunch, served from 11 am 'til 12:30 pm. in the Mary Miller Gym.

The lunch consists of a pork barbecue sandwich, applesauce, baked beans, potato chips, and milk or pop. The 50-cent cost represents the price the farmer usually receives for these products after producing and selling them.

Any additional donations are welcome. The lunch is served by the DACC Ag Club, DACC students and staff, and local FFA chapters.

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Ford County: Route 115 re-opended

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that Illinois Route 115 is open again to traffic.  The route was reopened today (Thursday) from U-S Route 24 to Route 54. 

Repairs have been completed on a double barrel box culvert about 7.2 miles south of Route 24 in Ford County.

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