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Kelly Circus coming to Watseka

The Kelly Circus visits Watseka Wednesday, August 26. The tent goes up on the grounds of the old Roff House on Sheridan Avenue.

The circus is coming here courtesy of the Modern Woodmen of America/local agent Bernie Markley.

The Iroquois County Historical Society and the Old Courthouse Museum will be the recipients of the matching grant this year.

Before the circus arrives, the clown will visit various nursing homes, assisted living homes and independent living homes in the area. These stops will be open to the public and everyone is invited to stop by during one of his visits to witness his silly antics.

Two performances are scheduled on August 26 – one at 4:30 pm and the other at 7:30 pm.  Tickets can be purchased before the day of the circus at a discounted price from Bernie Markley and at area banks and businesses.

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Arrest made in Danville robbery at Iroquois Federal

Danville Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the robbery last week at Iroquois Federal. Detectives took 47-year-old Jeffrey Zook of Danville into custody (Wednesday) for the August 5th robbery.

Police said Zook called the department wanting to turn himself in. He was taken into custody without incident at about 11 am.

Zook is being held at the Public Safety Building on a preliminary charge of robbery.

Iroquois Federal Bank was robbed about 3 pm by a lone gunman. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken. No money or weapon have been recovered.

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Indiana farmers get disaster declaration, too

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a secretarial disaster declaration for crop damages and losses due to flooding and for Indiana farmers in 53 counties.

Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter to USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack at the end of July explaining how the heavy rainfall has had a significant impact on the yield of Indiana crops and overall on our state's farmers.

Out of the state's 92 counties, 53 were included in the declaration request. Newton, Jasper, Fountain and Tippecanoe counties made the list — Boone, Cass, Howard, Miami, Montgomery, and Pulaski are included.

Under the declaration, farmers can now apply for low-interest emergency loans.

"Farms in counties all across the state have suffered because of the excessive rainfall we've experienced during our spring and summer months this year," Gov. Pence said in a news release. "I'm thankful to the Indiana Farm Service Agency and the USDA for recognizing the need for assistance for our Hoosier farmers, and I hope that those affected will apply for the loans they need."

Farmers interested in applying for loans, please visit the USDA website. For more information on applying for a loan, view the USDA Farm Loan Fact Sheet.

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Iroquois, Ford, Vermilion Counties declared federal disaster areas --Kankakee and Livingston too--

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted the request of Governor Bruce Rauner seeking federal disaster assistance for 87 Illinois counties and 14 contiguous counties that suffered losses due to rain and flooding this year.

Counties which have been declared a federal disaster area include Iroquois, Ford, Vermilion, Kankakee, Livingston Champaign, and Douglas ...and Edgar County is also eligible for relief as a contiguous county.

The state has suffered a lot of storm and rain damage throughout this Spring and Summer," Rauner said. "I am pleased our request for federal assistance was granted and encourage farmers throughout these counties to contact their local Farm Service Agency for questions."

Iroquois County FSA Director Tammy Hubert expects more information from the state. But, she says, any farmers with concerns about any conservation practices such as waterways, terraces or structures to keep the FSA office informed. Emergency assistance is likely. The Iroquois FSA offcie is at 815-432-3946.

The governor issued an official letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack on July 23, 2015. The 19 members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation also signed a letter to President Obama to endorse the governor's request for this designation. Counties eligible for assistance were determined through the Loss Assessment Reports reviewed by the USDA.

"I am grateful to all the members of our Illinois Congressional delegation for their strong and united support for securing this assistance for farmers throughout the state," Rauner added.

Farmers who believe they may be eligible for assistance should contact their county Farm Service Agency office. Loan applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and applicant's repayment ability. Farmers who have questions should contact the state FSA office at (217) 241-6600.

Counties eligible for assistance include: Adams, Alexander, Bond, Brown, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Cumberland, DeKalb, DeWitt, Douglas, DuPage, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Johnson, Kane, Kankakee, Knox, La Salle, Lawrence, Lee, Livingston, Logan, McDonough, McLean, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Mason, Massac, Menard, Mercer, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Peoria, Perry, Piatt, Pike, Pope, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Richland, Rock Island, St. Clair, Saline, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Stark, Tazewell, Union, Vermilion, Wabash, Warren, Washington, Wayne, White, Whiteside, Will, Williamson, Woodford.

Counties named as contiguous disaster counties eligible for assistance: Boone, Bureau, Christian, Coles, Cook, Edgar, Jo Daviess, Kendall, McHenry, Moultrie, Ogle, Shelby, Stephenson, and Winnebago.

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Kankakee County Board OK’s Kelly Creek Wind Farm

The Tri-Point School district stands to gain big-time revenues from a new wind farm.

The Kelly Creek wind operation has gained the approval of the Kankakee County Board. It's in Norton Township. Kelly Creek is an expansion of the Pilot Hill Wind farm near Herscher. It totals 108 turbines extending into Ford County. There are 33 turbines in Kankakee County.

The specs show 40 landowners in Kankakee County and 70 in Ford Count have entered into leases with Kelly Creek.

The project is expected to create between $2 - $3 million annually in new property tax revenues and lease income to local property owners.

Tri-Point School Superintendent Jeff Brian looks forward to the 24 turbines in the school district, producing over $400,000 in revenue for operations.

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