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KAMEG search warrants result in drug arrests

Two separate drug investigations led to the arrests of two men by KAMEG agents.

24-year-old Tim Phelan of Bourbonnais is charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver. Agents executed a search warrant on Cherokee Drive in B'ais and seized about 3540 grams of cannabis and drug-making materials. That was on Tuesday.

Thursday, agents seized just under 900 grams of cannabis and drug-packaging material in the 700-block of N. Rosewood Avenue in Kankakee. 55-year-old Theotis James was charged with possession with intent to deliver.

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Indiana crash kills Monticello woman

A 27-year-old Monticello, Indiana woman was killed Thursday afternoon in a White County, IN crash. Bridgette Smith was a passenger in a car with two others when the northbound car ran off the road and hit a tree.

Sheriff's deputies say the car ran off Springboro Road some six miles south of Monticello. The car rolled before hitting the tree and then landed on its top.

Bridgette Smith was pronounced dead at IU White Memorial Hospital. The driver, 40-year-old Joshua Simons of Monticello, and Bridgette's husband 25-year-old Adam Smith were treated and released from IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.

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Barickman/Manar partner on school funding bill

An effort to change how Illinois funds its public schools has bipartisan support.

State Senator Jason Barickman announced Thursday a bi-partisan effort to change how Illinois funds public schools. The Republican from Bloomington is joining with Senator Andy Manar and will join the conversation with a proposal based on what teachers suggest.

Senator Manar announced last week he's tweaked last year's Senate Bill 16 state funding reform proposal and hopes the revision will help build support in the Legislature this year. This effort will be Senate Bill 1.

Local educators attacked Manar's proposal last fall as unfair because it would take state aid money from districts with high property tax bases and give it to those in less affluent areas.

The new version of Manar's bill would account for cost-of-living differences between districts in addition to property tax differences.

Barickman said that before redistribution is considered, the Legislature must fix a funding formula that schools, taxpayers and legislators don't understand.

Barickman said "Taxpayers deserve confidence that their dollars are being spent effectively and efficiently in support of our education system."

That type of funding is recommended by educators statewide in Vision 20/20, a policy plan they published late last year and continue to promote.

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It’s All Up in the Air - Ag Drones, Weather and More!

Ag Day in Buckley a week from Friday at Christ Lutheran High

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Registration / Coffee & Rolls / Visit AgriBusiness / Extension Partner Displays
Free blood pressure testing - courtesy of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services

8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Welcome / Introductions/ Recognition of Agribusiness/Extension Partners

9:00 - 9:55a.m. Are Ag Drones in Your Farm's Future? - Dennis Bowman, University of Illinois Extension Crop Systems Educator

9:55 - 10:05a.m. Break (visit Agribusiness / Extension Partners)

10:05 - 11:00 a.m. Will 2015 Weather be a Repeat of 2014? - Jim Angel, Illinois State Climatologist

11:00 - Noon Washington D.C. Update from Congressman Kinzinger's Office - Patrick Doggett, Field Representative for Congressman Adam Kinzinger, IL-16

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Complimentary Lunch – Please visit AgriBusiness/Extension Partner Displays

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. 2014 Farm Bill Decisions - Charlene Neukomm, Ford County FSA and Tammy Hubert, Iroquois County FSA

1:30 – 2:00p.m. Illinois Soybean Association 100 Bushel Challenge—Shelby Kaufman, Ehler Bros. Seed, Thomasboro

2:00– 2:30 p.m. National FFA Week and Update- FFA Section 17, President Kade Hill; FFA Section 10 President, Sydney Miller; and FFA Section 10 Secretary, Hayden Schaumburg

2:30 p.m. Door Prizes, Evaluation & Closing Remarks

9:00 a.m. - "Edi-mentals," Gardening with Edible Landscape - Mary Dickinson, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener, Ford-Iroquois.

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PBL's FFA Farm Toy Show is Saturday

The Paxton-Buckley-Loda FFA chapter's 27th annual Farm Toy Show is Saturday from 9 am 'til 2:30 pm at PBL High School in Paxton.

Vendors are selling miniature replicas of farm machinery. There's also a silent auction, door prizes, a children's pedal tractor pull and concessions.

The FFA chapter reports a "show tractor" being sold by the FFA chapter in advance of the show is a Massey Ferguson 1100.

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