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Farm Progress Show expected to be bigger than ever

DECATUR -- Record setting numbers are expected for this year's Farm Progress Show. The Decatur Area Convention and Visitors Bureau bases the increase on the number of booked hotel rooms.

In 2009, almost 9765 rooms within 50 miles of town were taken for the show. That added up to $2,390,600.

In 2011, it jumped to 10,200 rooms for a total $2,448,000. The DACVB gets those totals by multiplying the rooms by $240 per night. Already this year, hotels in Decatur, Bloomington and Champaign are sold out.

National farm broadcaster Ken Root continues his coverage of the Farm Progress Show during the mid-day show on 94.1 FM, WGFA. The daily show airs at 12:30 pm.

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Peotone teen charged in school bomb threat

A 17-year-old former Peotone High School student was arrested Monday night, accused of threatening to bomb the school.

Kyle Koran, of Monee, is being charged as an adult for a threatening message he posted on Twitter.

Peotone Police said Koran, who was being home schooled this year, deleted the message, but not before police saw it online shortly after 7 p.m. Monday. Police said the boy called it a joke.

Police searched Koran's home but found no evidence of bombs or weapons.

School officials were notified and Peotone police had extra officers on campus Tuesday.

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Hoopeston Lottery Winner

Someone in Hoopeston is holding a winning lottery ticket. The unidentified person purchased a $3 dollar Crossword Scratch Off ticket at the Hoopeston Marathon Station.

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Iroquois County Republican Women 911 Remembrance Day

The Iroquois County Republican Women and Creekside Community Center would like to invite the public to the Cissna Park Fire Station for a reception honoring first responders on September 11, 2013 at 6:30pm. The event will feature guest speaker, Wayne Knapp, live entertainment by, Allona Rieches, snacks and beverages, video and photos of first responders in action and display of local department's fire trucks, ambulances and police cars.

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August may be second-driest ever

The Illinois State Water Survey says this may be the second-driest August on record.

And the dry weather is beginning to worry farmers.

Rainfall has been limited to just 4-5 days this month. It's the second-lowest amount in the 124-year history of some record-keeping in east-central Illinois.

The National Weather Service is forecasting hot and dry weather, with highs in the 90s, every day through Sunday.
State climatologist Jim Angel reports only August 1893 — with 6-hundredths of an inch of rain — was drier,

According to the Aug. 20 U.S. Drought Monitor, Champaign County and most of East Central Illinois were considered "abnormally dry" — the lowest level on the drought scale.
Last August was wetter than normal, with 5.56 inches of rain. It followed an usually parched June and July, when only 2.89 inches of rain fell, including 61-hundredths of an inch in July. It was the third driest July in local weather history.

This summer has been almost the opposite, with an above-average 6.27 inches in June and a near normal 3.53 inches in July.

That likely will mean reduced yields in farm fields.

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