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Anna Jennings top speller in WGFA Spelling Contest

A couple of 6th graders narrowed down the field of candidates at today’s (Friday) WGFA Spelling Contest. When it was over, Anna Jennings of Cissna Park was the winner in the 47th 5th-6th Grade Spelling competition --- heard on 94.1 FM.

WGFA’s Don Elliott presented the words. After Taylor Schippert mis-spelled the word

r e s i d u e, Anna Jennings was offered the opportunity…….

The top five finishers earned trophies. The event was held at the Watseka Unit 9 Office.


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Big R cuts the ribbon on grand re-opening

WATSEKA -- Big R owner Jerry Gibbs says “we learn from every store.” And that list of Big R stores grows with new and more opportunities.

The parent-store in Watseka is celebrating its grand re-opening this weekend. The bright-remodeled store-front --- the former Wal-Mart building on Route 24 East --- proudly displays the Big R logo and colors.

It was 49 years ago when the store surfaced in Watseka. That’s when Bill & Pat Crabtree opened the business. Today, there’s 16 stores in Illinois and Indiana. Nine stores are in Illinois, including Gibson City, Danville, Tilton, Pontiac and Morris.

The new store offers much more display space and parking.


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Governor Quinn Announces $456,000 for Bridge Painting Projects in Iroquois County

Illinois Jobs Now! Projects Will Improve State’s Infrastructure and Create Construction Jobs

GILMAN – Governor Pat Quinn Thursday announced a total of more than $456,000 in capital investments for two bridge painting projects in Iroquois County. The projects are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.

“These projects will protect the state’s investment on these two bridges in Iroquois County,” Governor Quinn said. “The projects will also employ a number of workers, which will help the local economy as well.”

The projects involve cleaning and painting the structural steel of bridges carrying Township Road 58A over I-57 about a mile south of Gilman, and Township Road 26A over I-57 about three-quarters of a mile north of the Buckley interchange.

These projects are part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which is supporting more than 439,000 jobs over six years.

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Assisted-living facility targeted for July in Gibson City

Developers plan to start construction in July on a 46-unit assisted living facility in Gibson City. It’ll be located northeast of Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Middle School.

A partnership has signed a contract to purchase 8 acres in the Railside Estates development.

The proposed contract calls for the partnership to receive tax increment financing-based rebate of property taxes…. 75 percent of taxes generated by the project would be rebated to the developer and 25 percent would go to GCMS schools.

The group's announcement would make it unlikely that the developers of Autumn Fields in Hoopeston would still be interested in a Gibson City location.

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Aroma Park, Reddick, Buckingham post offices to remain open; employees accept pay cuts

The Central Illinois District Area 3 Post Plan team is announcing three area post offices will remain open, but employees will experience pay cuts in order to keep them open.

Aroma Park, Reddick and Buckingham will not stop services or permanently close. Postal employees, however, will have their pay decreased.

Postmasters from Herscher, St. Anne, Bradley and Kankakee made the announcements at community meetings held in all three locations Wednesday. 

In Aroma Park about 80 people — mostly elderly — attended the noon meeting, which had to be held in the fire station across the street from the post office because of the large turnout. 

The Aroma Park Post Office currently is open six hours per day, five days per week; and also for a few hours on Saturday morning. The office will remain on a similar schedule, but the postmaster, Irene Littrell, will have less time to open and close the office as she will begin working 6 1/2 hour work days.

The hours of operation are also expected to change. On weekdays the office is currently open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Under the new plan the office would be open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 to 5 p.m.

Reddick and Buckingham post offices will remain open for four hours each weekday. But instead of working eight hour days, each office will work 4 hour and 20 minute days, cutting the time they have to open and close the office.. 

The post offices will be reviewed each year, and if revenue increases, there is a chance that the postmasters could start working 8-hour days again. But if revenues continue to decrease, Aroma Park could be cut to a 4-hour office and Reddick and Buckingham could be cut to 2-hour offices. 

Hour-cutting programs across the country are expected to save the postal service half a billion dollars by 2014.

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