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Harms, Kinzinger Open House Friday

The public’s reminded about and invited to the grand opening of State Representative Josh Harms and U-S Representative Adam Kinzinger’s office in Watseka Friday.

The constituent service office is at 342 W. Walnut Street in Watseka. The open house is from 5 ‘til 6:30 pm in the Hartman Building.

The joint office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Iroquois County Board member Susan Wynn Bence is the district staff member for Harms.

Kinzinger's district staff member is Patrick Doggett, of Crescent City, who will work the Watseka and Ottawa office.

The office phone number is 815-432-0106.

Doggett is Kinzinger's field representative for Iroquois, Ford and Livingston counties. He began working for the congressman on Dec. 3.

Kinzinger represents the new 16th Congressional District, which Iroquois, Ford, Livingston, Grundy and Will counties west to Bureau County and north to the Boone and Winnebago counties on the Wisconsin border.

Harms' 106th Illinois House District includes Iroquois and Ford counties, northern Vermilion County, most of Livingston County and eastern Woodford County.

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Winter Weather Advisory for East Central Illinois

Ford and Iroquois Counties have been issued Winter Weather Advisories. The National Weather Service issued the advisory for the two counties from 6 p.m. Thursday thru noon Friday.

Snow accumulation of three to five inches and ice accumulation of one-tenth of an inch are expected.  A period of heavy snow with rates of one inch per hour is expected late Thursday night.

Meanwhile, there’s a winter weather advisory issued for the rest of East Central Illinois from 6 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday.  In these areas, one to three inches of snow and one-tenth of an inch of ice is possible.  Heavy winds may also lead to blowing snow.

Motorists are advised to plan your travel accordingly, and while on the road, be prepared for changing road conditions, slick areas, slow down, and buckle up.

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Chandler brings “Agriculture into the Classroom”

The last 11 years have been busy for Aimee Chandler. She’s been very active promoting Ag in the classroom programs thru the University of Illinois Extension Office. And on Friday, the extension family is recognizing what Aimee has meant to the program.

Friday will be "Aimee Chandler Ag Day" in Ford and Iroquois counties.
The U of I’s Ford-Iroquois Office is hosting its annual “Ag Day.” The event at the Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley finds several ag-related businesses and educational programs promoting what they do for the ag community.


This year, the program is named in honor of Chandler, Ag in the Classroom program coordinator and 11-year Ford-Iroquois extension staff member.

Aimee is leaving her position to pursue a middle-school teaching position, instead of returning to the Extension Office. She holds a Master’s degree in Ag education.

Aimee and husband, Greg, are expecting their third child.

{WGFA Radio will be broadcasting from the Ag Day event FRIDAY from 10 am ‘til Noon}.

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WGFA Radio and FFA Groups Promote FFA Week

The Watseka FFA chapter is hosting a petting zoo today. The public is welcome to stop by the Watseka High School ag shop up until 2:30 pm. All visitors are welcome to experience what the club’s mission is all about.

Area FFA groups from all communities are sponsoring several events to promote their programs.

Four members of the Milford FFA with WGFA’s (Don Elliott) audience this (Wed) morning. Jordan Schippert explained the local slogan is “Grow,” moving forward with plans and programs to grow the local members and get more young people involved in FFA.

Cole Burton also laid out some of the week’s activities, which include a tractorcade; students driving farm tractors to school.

Amanda Graf is with the Momence River Valley FFA. She says her membership has worked toward several goals this year. The River valley team is encouraging more young people to take an interest in the FFA mission.

Cissna Park, Clifton Central, South Newton and Benton Central FFA members will also visit with WGFA this week.


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Traffic Crash Reconstruction Team Rules on December Fatality

An Illinois State Police investigation from a car versus school bus crash last December reveals fatigue may have been a contributing factor in the death of a Braceville man.

29-year-old Matthew Ballenger was killed when his vehicle crashed into the rear of a school bus on Route 113 at Kankakee County Road 7500 West.

A state police reconstruction team said there no motor carrier vehicle violations involved in the accident, which occurred at 7:15 am. Police reports indicated Ballenger was returning home from working a 12-hour shift and it may have been fatigue which led to the crash. Ballenger’s vehicle was traveling at 71 mph and he was not wearing a seat belt.

Six students on the bus were treated for minor injuries.


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