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Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau is accepting applications for their Foundation Scholarships.

Applications are available at the Farm Bureau office in Gilman and through high school counselors and FFA Advisors.

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must: be a High School Senior graduating in 2017, be a member or a child of a member of the Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau, have plans to study in an agriculture related field, and be a resident of Illinois.

Applications must be completed and returned along with an official High School transcript to the Farm Bureau office by April 3rd.

For more information or an application, contact the Farm Bureau office at 800-424-0756.

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KAMEG Arrests Two Over Weekend

On Sunday around 6:30 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Anthony L. Boyd, Jr., age 22, and Andre D. Glass, age 23, both of Kankakee. During a traffic stop in the 100 block of North Hammes Avenue in Kankakee, KAMEG Agents recovered a stolen 9mm handgun and 3.7 grams of cannabis from the vehicle. Boyd Jr. was charged with possession of a stolen firearm and for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Boyd was also wanted on an outstanding warrant. Glass was charged with possession of a stolen firearm and for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Glass was additionally charged with obstruction for initially providing false identification. Both individuals were transported to the Jerome Combs Detention Center.

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Watseka Chamber to Hold Mayoral Forum

The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a forum featuring Iroquois County Mayoral Candidates on Monday, March 27th at the Unit 9 building at 1411 W Lafayette. The four candidates are: John Allhands, Mike Marcier, John Burch and Bill Nutter. All four candidates will be in attendance to answer questions submitted by local media. Doors open at 6:30pm and the Forum will begin at 7:00pm sharp. For more information or questions please feel free to contact the Watseka Chamber of Commerce at 815 432-2416 or online at www.watsekachamber.org.

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Update: Names Released in Fatal Pedestrian Crash

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of those involved in a fatal pedestrian crash over the weekend.

Michael Halami, 49, of Roselawn was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by Janice Miller of Roselawn on State Road 10 between DeMotte and Roselawn late Saturday evening.

Halami was reportedly walking in the westbound lane when Miller hit him from behind. Miller told police she did not see him in the roadway. Halami was pronounced dead at the scene. The case remains under investigation.

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Vermilion County Unemployment Rises

The unemployment rate in Vermilion County has risen according to the latest reports.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the jobless rate increased nearly one-and-a-half percent. January’s rate was 8.6 percent compared to 7.3 percent in December. During January of this year the Illinois Department of Employment Security says there were an estimated 3,000 unemployed in the labor force in Vermilion County.

Despite unemployment numbers being up, the Conference Board reports area employers advertised for 4,300 positions and around 81-percent were seeking full-time employees.