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Parkland trustees OK $55.3 million budget

Parkland College trustees Wednesday night approved a budget that is 3 percent less than last year's. Board Chairman Dana Trimble said it still allows for quality education.

Spending for the fiscal year that began July 1 will total $55.3 million, down from $57.2 million last year.
But while last year's budget was upset by the virtual elimination of any state funding, this year's projects only $2.5 million in money from the state government. In past years, Parkland counted on about $5 million from Springfield.

Parkland received its full $1.8 million "stopgap budget" funding earlier this month, said Chris Randles, vice president and chief financial officer at the Champaign-based community college.

This year's budget anticipates a slight surplus at the end of the year while last year's budget ended about $5 million in the red.

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Drowning victim ID in Vermilion County

The Vermilion County Coroner’s office has identified a 4-year-old Westville girl who drowned Wednesday afternoon at a day care south of Tilton.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said Thursday Ryleigh P. Arnett’s cause of death was drowning, according to the preliminary autopsy,

Police reported the girl was swimming in a pool Wednesday afternoon at a state-licensed home day care in the Home Gardens area. That’s an unincorporated residential neighborhood south of Tilton.

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National refuge being turned away in Kankakee County

Kankakee County’s long-standing opposition to a wildlife refuge is likely to remain that way. The County Board’s planning, zoning and agriculture committee (Wednesday) voted to continue its opposition to a proposed national refuge site.

The opposition by the committee will be forwarded to the full County Board.

It was the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service which proposed the refuge some 20 years ago. Friends of the Kankakee, a group of wildlife enthusiasts, have brought the matter back to life. But the opposing people still point to agriculture concerns as to why they don’t like it.

The Kankakee and Ford-Iroquois County Farm Bureaus have pointed to an eroding tax base, drainage issues, and effects on wildlife as to why they oppose the refuge. Those opposing also say public services would be affected.

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College Day at DACC

Over 60 colleges and universities from nine states will have representatives on the Danville Area Community College campus Thursday (September 22). The 37th Annual College Day allows visitors to get information about classes offered on their respective campuses.
The public can meet the reps from 9 am until 11:am. in the Mary Miller Gymnasium at Danville Area Community College.
College and University representatives who will be participating include ones from the following:
• University of Illinois at Chicago and Champaign-Urbana
• Ball State University
• Bradley University
• Eastern Illinois University
• Illinois State University
• Illinois Wesleyan University
• Indiana State University
• Milliken University
• Missouri University of Science and Technology
• Olivet Nazarene University
• Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Edwardsville
• University of Notre Dame
• University of South Alabama
• Western Illinois University

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Fall Harvest officially underway …

East-central Illinois farmers are hard at it. The Fall harvest is well underway. And weather conditions have been near perfect so far this week.

Many farmers were harvesting Monday. Yields are reported pretty good, so far. Prices may be another story, but record yields are likely for both corn and beans.

And as the fall harvest continues, motorists are again being reminded to be careful on the rural roads. Slow moving farm equipment is the norm during the harvest.

Farm Credit Illinois is promoting National Farm Safety Week with its popular ‘Meals in the Field” program. Area farm families benefit from a free, delivered lunch, courtesy of Farm Credit Illinois.

Dietrich Brothers Farms in Papineau, Kevin Hamrick in rural Donovan, David Andris and family from Milford and Darrell Reinhart of Milford all enjoyed a Farm Credit Illinois lunch so fat this week.

This is National Farm Safety & Health Week and County Farm Bureau offices remind farm operations about safety.

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