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Lawmakers pave way for Ford County assisted living facility

{Lee News Service}

Illinois lawmakers Thursday signed off on a plan that could result in Ford County's first assisted living facility.

Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Jason Barickman extends a tax increment financing district in Gibson City for an additional 12 years.

The measure, which earlier was approved in the House, was unanimously endorsed Thursday in the Senate. It now awaits action by Governor Pat Quinn.

The extension will allow the city to reinvest property tax income in infrastructure improvements or economic development. Plans call for a 50-bed assisted living center to be built northeast of Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Middle School.

Mayor Dan Dickey said "With much of our population aging, this is a vital project for Gibson City."

The legislation is Senate Bill 2071.

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Danville man indicted for 2012 murder

A Vermilion County grand jury indicted 27-year-old Edward Woodfork on three counts of first-degree murder for the May 13, 2012, death of 26-year-old Larry Carter of Danville.

Danville police found Woodfork in Danville around 9:55 p.m. Thursday and arrested him without incident, according to police.

Danville police found Carter lying in the front yard of a residence in the 500 block of Robinson Street after receiving a call of shots fired in that area.
A witness led police to Woodfork, who was seen in the area of the shooting.

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USDA: 2013 corn harvest a record 13.9B bushels

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- This year's corn crop has soared to a new national record, breaking expectations in many states that received too much rain early on and a summer dry spell that brought back drought concerns.

In its first crop supply and demand report since the partial government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday it expects 13.99 billion bushels of corn, more than the September forecast of 13.8 billion bushels. The previous record was 13.1 billion in 2009.

Some observers thought there would be a subpar harvest in the Midwest, including Iowa and Nebraska. Heavy rains delayed spring planting by several weeks, causing some farmers to give up planting the wettest fields. Then, drought conditions returned in the summer months.

"Better than expected" are the three most popular words in Iowa right now, said Chad Hart, an agriculture economist at Iowa State University.

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Cissna Park FFA Scholarship Auction

The Cissna Park and Crescent-Iroquois Ag Hall-of-Fame is a new creation this year. And the annual Cissna Park FFA Scholarship Auction today (Sat) will feature the first inductees into the Hall-of-Fame.

Today's dinner and auction is from 4-6 pm at the Cissna Park High School gym.

John Terrell (Tear-O) is FFA President. He says 15 alumni alumni will be honored.

All proceeds from the event benefit the FFA chapter.

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Veterans’ Day observances for area communities….

Watseka American Legion Post #23 is hosting a Veterans Day event Monday, November 11th. The public is invited to the 11 am observance at the Legion Park home.

Desert Storm Veteran Alex O'Brien is the featured speaker.

The Hoopeston American Legion and VFW will conduct an annual Veterans Day Program Monday. It's at the Hoopeston Area Middle School Gymnasium. The public is invited to the 9:30 am observance.

The Hoopeston Area High School Band and Chorus will provide entertainment.,

Two announced events in Ford County are at Gibson City and Paxton.

The Gibson City-Melvin Sibley school district welcomes the public to Monday's observance at the GCMS High School at 9 am. Local veterans will be featured in a slide-show.

Veterans Day at Paxton includes two programs. The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district and the PBL High School Band will host the two events at the high school gym. An 8:30 am program will focus on young children followed by a community-wide program at 9:30 am, which includes a color guard made up of veterans from the Paxton and Loda American Legion posts.

A Veterans Day Program at the South Newton school campus invites public participation to honor area veterans. It's at 9 am Monday in the school gym. Students K-12 will be part of the program.

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