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Black Friday shoppers active for holiday season

The Black Friday shopping sales are attracting local/area customers today. Area stores report smooth transactions, so far, as shoppers hit the store-fronts on Thanksgiving and continue today and thru the weekend.

Bargain-buster sales are available at several retail outlets in the WGFA-LISTENING AREA.

94.1 WGFA helps promote the holiday shopping season with a special 2-hour broadcast this morning at Big R in Watseka.
And Chamber of Commerce leaders urge shoppers to keep those dollars local; shopping local helps the local economy.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY is a concept to promote the small business owners.

Area Chambers of Commerce ask you shoppers to visit and take a close look at the unique offerings in Watseka, Gilman, Onarga, Milford, Cissna Park, Fairbury, Paxton, Gibson City, Hoopeston and Rossville.

Chamber activities also encourage your support in Kankakee, Bradley, Bourbonnais, Manteno and Herscher. And in Kentland, Fowler and Boswell, Indiana.

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Milford man ruled unfit for trial

An Iroquois County judge has declared a Milford man accused of throwing a tomahawk at an Iroquois County sheriff's deputy unfit to stand trial.

Judge James Kinzer ordered Kevin Funk be placed in the custody of the Illinois Department of Human Services until he is able to regain his fitness. The judge reviewed results of a psychological evaluation of the suspect.

Authorities say Funk threw the tomahawk deputy Clint Perzee in August. Police were preparing to arrest Funk on charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. He pleaded not guilty in September to multiple charges including attempted murder and aggravated battery to a peace officer.

Funk is also charged with predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse in a separate case.

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Million dollar bond for murder suspect

Bond is set at $1-million for 55-year-old Scott Penrod of Limestone. He’s charged with two-counts of murder in the shooting death of his wife in their rural Limestone home last week.

The body of 71-year-old Sandra Penrod was discovered in a bedroom while police conducted a welfare check. An autopsy later revealed the woman suffered several gunshot wounds.

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USDA loan OK‘d for Lake Iroquois

The Lake Iroquois Association, a homeowners group at the rural lake northeast of Loda in Iroquois County, has been approved for a $425,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The homeowners group, on a lake in southern Iroquois County, will use the loan to replace the community's wastewater treatment system.

The current system will be replaced with a new treatment facility and sludge digestion tank.

The loan was among $16.8 million in USDA funding for water and wastewater projects in Illinois, annuounced by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. The bulk of the funding was nearly $14.23 million to Monticello for replacing its wastewater treatment plant.

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Rev. Neil Larimore to serve as grand marshal for Milford Christmas Parade

Thirty entries have been confirmed with additional entries still coming in for Sunday’s Christmas Parade in Milford. The parade steps off at 6 pm.

The Reverend Neil Larimore, long-time pastor of the Milford Christian Church will serve as the parade grand marshal.

Penny Cheever is one of the parade’s committee members. She says this may be a first-ever Christmas Parade in Milford.

Entries will continue to be accepted until 5:45 pm the day of the parade on November 27. Final registration for parade entries will be near the police station starting at 5 pm with line-up forming in the post office parking lot. There is no registration fee, however, donations will be accepted to help defray parade expenses.

The Parade route will be the same used at Fun Days. It will start promptly at 6 pm at the post office parking lot and continue west on Jones Street ending at the Milford High School parking lot.

Business owner Karen Brasel (The Hangout) will announce the parade to spectators along the route.

Entries include school and church groups, local businesses, and Santa Claus! The Milford HS Cheerleaders will have a cookie and hot cocoa stand uptown. Our Savior Lutheran Church will have a food tent serving hot cocoa, coffee and snacks in the church’s front yard.

To demonstrate the holiday spirit of giving, parade participants and viewers are asked to donate a can good or other non-perishable item to the local food pantry. Boxes will be available in front of the food pantry to aid in the collection process.

After the parade, Santa will greet little ones of all ages at Imagine through 8:00 p.m. Remember to bring your camera to capture those moments with Santa.

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