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Grant help for Watseka flood victims

The Illinois Association of Realtors through the Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of Realtors has announced a grant up to $500 for victims of the July flood. The grant is to assist residents of Watseka with unexpected financial needs caused by the July flood. Homeowners and renters are eligible to apply for the grant.

The grant is open until January 15, 2016. Grant applications are available at City Hall in Watseka.

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GRS students resume normal acitivies in Watseka

Classes are back in session and a normal school day is expected at Watseka's Glenn Raymond School after a bomb threat forced an evacuation Tuesday afternoon.  All students and staff were reported safe.  No one was injured when the school building on South Second Street was evacuated. 

Students were bused to the Watseka Community High School as a precuation, according to Unit Nine Superintendent Kenny Lee.  

The threatening message was found in a restroom stall.  Emergency personnel were called in and the building was searched before an all-clear was issued.

The investigation into who was responsible for the threatening message is continuing. 

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Indiana Lt. Governor learns precision farming in Newton County

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann visited South and North Newton high schools in Indiana Tuesday to see firsthand, how students are learning about the use of drones and precision farming. She said she's proud of the schools for investing in the future of agriculture.

The students used drones to photo fields and create videos of field operations.

"The Precision Agriculture is the wave of the future for agriculture. If we look at what's going to help us be productive, what's going to help the Midwest remain the heartland of not only the nation, but the world, " Ellspermann said.

She says there will be a greater need for people with technical-agriculture degrees in the future.
The precision farming education is helped thru a $500,000 grant from the Governor's Office.

The students have been using the drones to collect photos and data of fields. In return, it will help to maximize crop yields.

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United Way of Kankakee County opening new facility

The United Way of Kankakee County is ready for another holiday season. And the hope is, those generous donations will continue to help brighten the holiday season for those in need.

The United Way is opening its new Thrift Store Friday 10/30. Retail Operations Manager Robert Schuman tells WGFA listeners it's in the former Aldi store on Locke Drive in Bradley....

A family store and donation center occupies the building. Friday's ribbon-cutting at 9 am welcomes the public.

Several activities are part of the ribbon-cutting event (Friday). The United Way is also offering a 10% discount on its merchandise, if you bring a new toy or non-perishable food donation.

Store hours are 9a to 9p Monday thru Saturday. The common United Way Drop Boxes are also available at several locations.

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Gibson City man sentenced to 8 years for burglary

27-year-old Kyle Gibson of Gibson City was handed an 8-year prison term (Monday) in Ford County Circuit Court.

Gibson pleaded guilty earlier to four counts of burglary and a single count of burglary involving a place of worship. He was sentenced as a Class X offender for each count. He will receive credit for 186 days already served at the Ford County Jail in Paxton.

Judge Matt Fitton imposed the sentence.

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