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Five young men face charges in school break-in >

Felony theft and burglary charges have been filed against Piper City teenagers for their roles in a school break-in IN Piper City. All are charged with felonies for allegedly breaking into Tri-Point Junior High School and stealing computers and other related equipment.

All five face charges of burglary, theft and criminal damage to state-supported property. The break-in occurred this month at the Tri-Point Junior High School in Piper City.

The suspects include 18-year-old Edward R. King, 18-year-old Colin Movern, 19-year-old Pedro Ramirez; 18-year-old Jeremiah Woodworth, and 20-year-old Nicholas Raimondo.

94.1 FM, WGFA

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Indiana residents upset, voice concerns about irrigation

Benton County residents are reporting more problems with wells and blame the irrigation practices of a nearby farmer.

Neighbors claim a farmer irrigating his fields on County Road 600 East, just north of Templeton, is the reason. It’s less than a mile from where a number of wells have gone dry.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be investigating today (Wed).

The farmer in question reportedly told the DNR he’s not responsible for dry wells.

He says with the Otterbein water tower empty for repainting, it's possible last Tuesday's house fire is to blame or perhaps a fertilizer company in town.
    
However the Oxford fire chief says firefighters have drawn water from Templeton before and never had a problem.

Hot, dry conditions have triggered the kind of concern in other areas too.

94.1 FM, WGFA

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Riverside breaks ground on assisted-living facility

A new state-of-the-art assisted living facility is planned for the Riverside family. And today (Wed) officials break ground for the new Sojourn Riverside Medical Center Senior Living Community’s 80 unit assisted living and memory care facility. A 4 pm ribbon cutting event is today at 300 Riverside Drive..

The facility is scheduled to open in July of 2014.

94.1 FM, WGFA

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More Hot, Humid Weather continues this week

                                             **  Cooling Centers assistance  **

Emergency management officials are asking community leaders to be pro-active in dealing with this week’s hot, humid temperatures. Community Cooling Centers need to be available for citizens in need of escaping from the heat.

County offices ,village halls, churches, school buildings, Red Cross offices are among the facilities that could serve as a Cooling Center, at least during business hours.

Officials in charge of such buildings are encouraged to coordinate with local emergency management agency offices and the media to inform the public that such facilities are open and available.

The National Weather Service is urging people to take the necessary precautions this week to stay safe with the expected hot temperatures.

Afternoon high temperatures are expected to climb into the upper 80's to lower 90's this (Tuesday) afternoon with heat index values around 100.

Highs from Wednesday through Friday will rise to between 90 and 95 degrees with heat index values of 100 to 105.

Winds are not expected to offer much relief as wind speeds will be less than 10 miles per hour across most of the area through Friday morning.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air conditioned room, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles.

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No quorum, no action at F-I Public Health meeting >

An audience of people, including state officials from the Illinois Department of Health were in attendance at the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department meeting in Gilman Monday night. But a quorum of the health board wasn’t there. So, there was no official meeting.

But there was plenty said by those in attendance.

Notably absent from the meeting were the three Iroquois County members of the health board—Michelle Fairley, Lauren Luecke and County Board Chairman Rod Copas.

Fairley and Luecke are newcomers to the health board; both appointed by Chairman Copas and approved by the Iroquois County Board after past members were dismissed from their positions.

Ford County State’s Attorney Matt Fitton recommended the health board not get involved in any binding action, since there’s question about a legal quorum due to the absent Iroquois County membership.

The printed agenda for the meeting included obvious controversy in light of the fact, that the Iroquois and Ford County Boards have differing opinions on how matters involving health department administrator Doug Corbett. The two boards are at a stalemate regarding Corbett’s position.

One agenda item for Monday’s meeting dealt with the ‘lifting of Corbett’s temporary suspension to hire, fire, re-assign or discipline health department employees.

Another agenda matter was the ‘appointment of a Board of Health Treasurer to sign checks; an alleged conflict with the Illinois state statutes and the board of health by-laws.

Also on the agenda was discussion and opinion of legal counsel to impartially represent the health department due to conflict of interest.

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