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Braidwood Police & DEA Arrest Four Alleged Drug Dealers

Four alleged drugs dealer were arrested by the Braidwood Police and DEA (Thursday).

52-yr-old William Hombaker of Wilmington was charged with dealing morphine, 28-year-old Kristin Farley and 22-year-old Melissa Nelson, both of Braidwood and 19-yr-old Kaleb Findlay of Coal City were charged with dealing.

Braidwood Police Chief Nick Ficarello said the four individuals were arrested on warrants for allegedly dealing drugs in and around the Braidwood area.

The arrests followed a seven month investigation

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Momence Gladiolus Festival August 8 – 12

It’s another classic celebration in Illiana. The Momence Gladiolus Festival is next week --- August 8 – 12.

Steve Groce is parade Director......

"It starts Wednesday evening with the Coronation of Miss Gladiolus. We have four contestants," Groce said. The event is at the high school football field.

The 81st Annual Gladiolus Festival offers a “Passport to the World.” The theme brings a little bit of everything. Included is a Parade of Old Cars, a Reptile Show, Glad Run for Children, Craft & Antiques.

Groce says there’s two parades ...........

Entertainment is offered by The Ropers (Friday) and High Anxiety (Sat) on the River Street Stage.

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Herscher preps for Labor Day parade

It’s one of the biggest downstate celebrations in the state. Herscher’s Labor Day Parade is taking shape for 2018.

“An All American Homecoming — A Salute to the Red, White and Blue” is this year’s theme for the holiday parade.

The village of Herscher and the Herscher Chamber of Commerce host the 98th annual Homecoming and Labor Day Celebration.

The parade committee is looking for Herscher High School graduates to get involved in decorating a float. The Herscher High School classes of 1948, 1958, 1968, 1978, 1988, 1998, 2008 and 2018 are asked to to build a float for the Labor Day Parade.

Additionally, any graduated class of Herscher High School is welcome to enter a float in the parade.

Parade application forms are available at the Herscher Village Hall and Midland States Bank in Herscher.

For more information, call 815-426-6183.

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Solar farms offer income options for Illinois agriculture

Despite opposition from some, the development of solar farms in Illinois is a small percentage of farm ground. And – the option opens the door to ag income and energy resources.

People close to the solar farm industry say just 30,000 of Illinois’ 76-million acres of farmland will be used for solar in the next seven years (by 2025). The advantages, when it comes to energy use, are ways greater than anything comparable.

Scott Novack of Cypress Creek Renewables, the company kick-starting solar farm development in Kankakee County, says there’s projects of interest state-wide..........

Novack spoke (Thursday) at the Kankakee County Fair Ag Professional Breakfast.

The company, he said, makes clean, affordable solar power available to communities nationwide.

Read more: Solar farms offer income options for Illinois agriculture

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What do politicians, pork chops on a stick, sheared sheep, the sky ride ride, and 500 pounds of butter all have in common?

The Illinois State Fair.

The State Fair is less than a week away. The annual corn dog and concert fest is tradition in Springfield.

This year's fair runs Aug. 9-19 at the State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

State Fair Manager Luke Sailer said the state has invested millions in the fairgrounds this year. But it's not the grounds that make a good fair.

"Last year we were a little over 500,000 attendees through the gate throughout the entirety of the fair," Sailer said. "Obviously we hope top have that many and more. Weather is a factor. Obvisourly, in Springfield, school is starting Wednesday of our fair. It does hurt us."

Salier is counting that the summer tradition of the State Fair will carry this year's event.

And of all of the State Fair traditions, one stands out. Marla Beherends with the Midwest Dairy Association said people come from far and wide to see the butter cow.

"It is a cow made of butter," Beherends said. "People always ask 'Is it pure butter?' It is pure butter. But there is a small frame underneath."

It takes 500 pounds of butter to sculpt the butter cow.

There are of course rides, concerts and politicking at the fair as well.

For information, visit Illinois.Gov/StateFair.

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