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KCC Commencement Saturday, DACC set for May 18

Graduation ceremonies at Kankakee Community College are Saturday, May 12.  The 10 am event is at the George Ryan Gymnasium in the Activities Building.  It's the 49th annual event.  There are 450 graduates receiving diplomas.

The ceremony will stream live on the KCC website, kcc.edu

Commencement exercises at Danville Area Community College are set for Friday, May 18 at 7pm.  The program is in the Mary Miller Gymnasium.  More than 200 graduates are set to participate while more than 500 degrees will be handed out. 

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Gilman fire forces evacuations

Thick, black smoke hovered over downtown Gilman (Wednesday) when fire consumed a former lumberyard building.

Elementary school children were evacuated from a couple blocks away and nearby businesses were evacuated.

The fire...which broke out around 2:30 pm...brought firefighters from several neighboring departments,
including Crescent City, Danforth, Onarga, Milford, Watseka, Chebanse, Piper City, Buckley, Loda, and Piper City and Paxton to name a few.

Gilman Police assisted in controlling traffic and bystanders around the fire scene at the corner of North Central and 2nd Streets. The lumberyard building is at 114 W. Second Street.

At least one person living in the building evacuated safely. Other citizens were also evacuated. The old building was destroyed. Two neighboring structures also sustained smoke and water damage.

Strong southwest winds at more than 25 mph fueled the flames.

A natural gas leak was allowed to burn to prevent other environmental problems. Threatening weather late-afternoon into the evening also caused safety concerns for emergency responders.

For safety reasons, Gilman elementary students were evacuated to the high school. There have been no reports of injury.

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Indiana Primary Election 2018 Results >

Newton County Auditor
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Tami M. Jackson (R) 1,073 60%

Leann Sale (R) 704 40%

Newton County Recorder
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Janice M Wilson (R) 870 47%

Cheryl Myers (R) 562 31%

Joy McCann (R) 409 22%

Newton County Assessor
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Kristen L. Hoskins (R) 1,184 66%

John A. Hall (R) 608 34%

Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Jacob Taulman (R) 2,207 47%

Richard "Rick" Kallenbach (R) 1,574 34%

Christine Haskell Bogan (R) 893 19%

Jasper County Sheriff
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Patrick M. Williamson Sr. 2,618 55%

Scott Balch (R) 2,146 45%

Jasper County Surveyor
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Vince A. Urbano (R) 2,475 54%

Jim Mattocks (R) 2,149 46%

White County Clerk of the Circuit Court
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Laura A. Cosgray (R) 2,409 55%

Jill A. Guingrich (R) 1,941 45%

White County Recorder
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Lori L. Austin (R) 1,574 37%

Barbara A. Nydegger (R) 1,409 33%

Katie D. Grayson (R) 1,237 29%

White County Sheriff
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> William P. Brooks (R) 2,568 58%

Anthony Lantz (R) 1,516 34%

Ronald M. Hill (R) 329 7%

White County Circuit Judge
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Jason A. Thompson (R) 2,190 51%

Robert J. Little (R) 2,072 49%

United States Senator
92% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Mike Braun (R) 207,334 41%

Todd Rokita (R) 150,661 30%

Luke Messer (R) 145,551 29%

United States Republican Representative District 4
98% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
Jim Baird (R) 28,753 36%

Steve Braun (R) 23,280 30%

Diego Morales (R) 11,830 15%

Jared Guy Thomas (R) 8,376 11%

Kevin J. Grant (R) 3,596 5%

James Nease (R) 2,063 3%

Tim Radice (R) 1,010 1%

United States Democratic Representative District 4
98% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
Tobi Beck (D) 6,371 34%

Veronikka M. Ziol (D) 3,913 21%

Joseph W. Mackey (D) 2,980 16%

Roger D. Day (D) 2,294 12%

Roland Ellis (D) 1,693 9%

Darin Patrick Griesey (D) 1,241 7%

State Representative District 16
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Christina L. Zacny (D) 1,083 54%

Joshua Bolen (D) 921 46%

State Representative District 25
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
> Maurice Oakel Fuller (D) 731 51%

Justin P. Notoras (D) 699 49%

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Iroquois County exploring leasing ground for solar farm operation

A solar farm in Watseka, near the County Courthouse, is open for discussion. State’s Attorney Jim Devine will review the county’s lease arrangement on farm ground, now used for agricultural purposes.

A proposal from Microgrid Energy has stirred conversation. The Management committee heard about the offer (last week).
Iroquois County’s discussion is about making sure a bidding process is carried out.

County Board Chairman John Shure told WGFA News "there's some complications in that the ground is now leased for two years, so if something is to be done about solar farms, we'd have to have an amendment to the contract."

Shure said, "we may have to wait until the lease expired." he also said the proper way to deal with government property is to accept bids on the site from all interested."

Talks with the Microgrid Energy group was about an $800 per acre lease. Land acquisition would be the first step. Such a solar farm could be in operation by 2019 - 2020.

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Kankakee County Board moving forward with solar farms

There’s been a lot of inquiries, lot of questions from people for and against solar farms, and today (Tuesday) the Kankakee County Board took another step forward.

The Board OK’d three additional solar farm sites. Earlier, the Planning & Zoning committee identified nine such sites suitable for solar farm development. The three new sites gained approval while one in Aroma Park – along Heiland Road -- was turned away.

County Board Chairman Andy Wheeler said citizens in that area made their voices heard, telling local officials they were not in favor. So, Wheeler said, the Board acted accordingly.
Wheeler says there’s several more sites that are workable in the county and proposals will be looked at. .......

Wheeler knows not everyone’s excited about renewable ENERGY, but people here are open to discussion......

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