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Iroquois Zoning Board of Appeals Gives OK for New Fertilizer Plant

Heritage FS has been given a green light to go ahead with plans for a new fertilizer plant in Douglas Township.  The Iroquois County Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously to allow for an M-2 zoning manufacturing permit.  The site, along Route 45 south of Gilman, is currently zoned A-2 (agricultural).

Heritage FS spokesman Dana Robinson explained the 82 acre tract, between county roads 1600 and 1700 North, would be developed for an agronomy centralized distribution terminal.  Several buildings would include a 60 by 120 foot warehouse with an attached 48 by 60 foot shop.  An office building with parking lot and gravel driveways are included.

The project has the blessing of the Douglas Township Board, City of Gilman, the Iroquois Economic Development Association, and local businesses and farmers.

The matter now heads to the County Planning & Zoning Committee June 8th and then to the full County Board.

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Heavy Windmill Load Overturns in Iroquois County

 A section of a wind turbine headed for Champaign County on a semi-trailer crashed in Iroquois County early Tuesday evening.

Illinois State Police District 21 are reporting that troopers handled the crash at 6:14 p.m. Tuesday evening on Illinois Route 49, just south of 1120 North.  The truck involved in the crash, a 2006 Peterbilt truck, pulling two semi-trailers was loaded with 101,000 pounds of building material for a windmill support base.  The vehicle was traveling southbound when one of the semi-trailers experienced a mechanical failure that led the driver of the truck to lose control of the vehicle.  The truck ran off the roadway and overturned.  The vehicle came to rest on its passenger side in a nearby field.

No injuries were reported by the driver, Alfred Damm, 49, of Saint Cloud, Minnesota. 

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Racehorse Shot to Death, Police Seek Answers….

May 30, 2012 (LOWELL, Ind.)  --   An 8-year-old horse was shot between the eyes in Lowell, Ind., the day before it was to run a race at Balmoral Park in Crete.

Investigators say they are looking for a white, newer model two-door pickup truck that was seen in the area where the harness race horse was found dead on Tuesday.

Police say the Standardbred trotting horse named Lady May Z was shot between 4 and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, in a pasture near the corner of 245th Avenue and Colfax Street in Lowell.

The horse’s owner questioned “just what kind of a cold-hearted person could take the life of such an innocent creature ? “

An autopsy on the mare will be performed today at Purdue University to remove the bullet and obtain forensic information to aid the investigation.

Anyone with info should call the Lake County, IN Sheriff’s Department at 219-755-3346.

 

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Indiana Man Dies in Fall from Grain Bin

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind.  -  A man died Wednesday after falling from a grain bin in Crawfordsville. 69-year-old Richard B. Lowe of Darlington had fallen from a roof and struck his head, causing his death.

Deputies do not suspect foul play. Lowe was not wearing a safety harness at the time of the incident.  Rescue crews responded to a call at Davidson Farm on South 310 East in Crawfordsville around 2:20 pm.

IOSHA is expected to conduct an investigation.

 

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IEMA Announces Community Preparedness Initiative

Ready to Respond Community Program Encourages Municipal, County Officials to Enhance Emergency Preparedness

 

SPRINGFIELD – Municipalities and counties throughout Illinois will be able to seek state recognition for efforts to enhance emergency preparedness in their communities under an initiative announced today by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).  The Ready to Respond Community Program will challenge local officials to take steps to ensure government representatives, businesses and citizens are better prepared for all types of disasters.

“The Ready to Respond Community initiative will take community preparedness to a new level by emphasizing the ‘whole community’ approach to emergency preparedness,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken.  “The program encourages local governments to bring together volunteer and not-for-profit organizations, private industry and citizens to enhance overall preparedness in their community.”

Through the Ready to Respond Community program, municipal and county governments will be recognized when their local officials complete a series of planning, training, exercise and public outreach benchmarks that address core emergency management competencies.  These benchmarks will be evaluated by IEMA against criteria for Ready to Respond Community designation.

Read more: IEMA Announces Community Preparedness Initiative