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Farmers ready to hear governor's drought plan

WALTONVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A southern Illinois farmer and rancher says his 300 acres of corn are a bust and he's eager to hear the governor's plan for dealing with drought.

Gov. Pat Quinn is set to visit 71-year-old James Laird's farm near Waltonville  today ( Monday 7/16).  

Laird says he'll likely mow down all his corn, chop it up and feed it to his cattle. Almost a third of the nation's corn crop has been damaged by heat and drought.

Laird hopes his 300 acres of soybeans pull through.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week announced a streamline approach to getting drought-affected farmers and ranchers federal help that could include emergency loans with lower interest rates.

 

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Cullom Man Faces Sex Charge

PONTIAC – Bond was set at $250,000 Monday for a Cullom man chargedwith predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

Livingston County prosecutors say 33-year-old  Kevin Cripe committed a sex actwith someone under the age of 13. If convicted, Cripe faces a life sentence in prison, because of a prior criminal sexual assault conviction in DuPage County.

An August 8 preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Cripe.

 

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Firefighters Battle Blaze at Momence Farm Business

Welders may have triggered a fire Wednesday in rural Momence.

The Van Drunen Farms, along Route 114 in Kankakee County, was the scene where about a half-dozen fire departments fought the blaze.   

Momence firefighters were being assisted by Grant Park, Aroma Park, St. Anne, Manteno and Peotone.

No serious injury was reported.

 

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Historic Farm Days in Penfield

PENFIELD — Minneapolis-Moline and BF Avery farm equipment will reign at this year's Historic Farm Days, which runs through this weekend in Penfield. And don't be surprised to see a Doodlebug or two.

The annual Historic Farm Days will be held Thursday through Sunday on the grounds of the I & I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club. While there will be a few events Thursday, the show gets rolling Friday.

"We have a new building that has been erected that will host the feature brand equipment," I&I President John Fredrickson said.

A dedication ceremony for the new building is set for Saturday prior to the parade.

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Poker Run / Block Party Fundraiser to Benefit Firefighters

The Red Knights Motorcycle Club welcomes participants this Saturday in the 5th Annual “Ride 4 the Rescuers” fundraiser.

The Chapter 14 Red Knights (out of Kankakee County) invite motorcyclists AND OTHERS to gather in Momence for a 12:30 pm line-up at Dixie Highway and West Washington Street.

Red Knight member Steve Wilder says music and entertainment will add to the fun.  All are welcome……….

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There’s a $15 fee per driver, $10 per passenger.  All proceeds benefit the Firefighters Benevolent Fund… to support families of local firefighters injured in the line-of- duty.

There’s also a Silent Auction and Cash Prizes.

 

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