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Historic Farm Days at Penfield kicks-off

An added attraction at this year’s Historic Farm Days in Penfield is a twilight tractor drive. The drive rolls along rural areas north of Penfield.

The annual show opens today (Thursday) and runs through Sunday in Champaign County.

The tractor drive will depart the grounds of the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club at 6 p.m. and return prior to nightfall.

I&I official John Fredrickson told 94.1 WGFA listeners the tractor drive is a popular attraction at the biennial Half Century of Progress Show in Rantoul, which is also sponsored by the club.

"One of the members suggested it," Fredrickson said. "We really don't have any entertainment on Thursday night. We thought it would be a fun idea.”

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Rankin to join program to eliminate blight

The village of Rankin is joining the Intergovernmental Municipality Land Bank program. Village Board members voted to take the step with up to 15 communities to clean up property sites.

There is no cost involved; the program simply asks that someone from the community or the village board serve as a board member.

The program is designed to help eliminate blight in communities by cleaning up properties and getting them back on the tax rolls. The program has been awarded a $30,000 grant and a $3,000 grant from the state. Additional funding has been received from counties, and the program also is supported by donations.

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West Nile virus detected in Ford County

The Ford County Public Health Department reports the West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes in the county. The department has had two dead birds tested, but the virus was not present in either of them.

Citizens are reminded that only mosquito repellent with at least 20 percent of the ingredient DEET is effective against the virus-carrying mosquitoes.

Ford County officials listened to opposition about wind farms ---

Members of the Ford County Board listened but offered no comment after a handful of citizens voiced concerns about proposed revisions to the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms.

The Ford County Board is yet to consider proposed changes to the county ordinance regarding wind farm regulations. A zoning committee has suggested changes, including setback requirements. The county zoning commission will consider changes before advancing a plan to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Any proposals then is forwarded to the full County Board.

At Monday night’s County Board meeting, citizens addressed health concerns already talked about.

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Loda woman dies in two-vehicle crash in rural Ford County

A Loda woman died Wednesday following a two-vehicle collision at a rural intersection in Ford County.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup identified 54-year-old Lori Whitfield. She was pronounced dead just before 1 pm at Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Sheriff’s Police reported Whitfield was southbound on County Road 1600 E between Paxton and Ludlow. It was just before noon when a truck entered the intersection at 100 N Road.

The accident is under investigation.

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Opera back in Iroquois County Saturday

Sugar Creek Opera performs "The Barber of Seville" this weekend.  It's local opera, the 16th year professional stage performers bring their talents to Iroquois County.

The local flavor is Watseka-native Helen Todd.  The soprano is general-artistic director for Sugar Creek Opera.

This year, there's more local talent with Brad Benoit of Kankakee.  Brad was just a first-grader at St. Joseph School in Bradley when his music interest emerged.  He performed in Young Peoples Theatre until the Kankakee Valley Theatre Association took the lead on local theatre.  Benoit had his first KVT role as Gideon in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."

Tickets are available at www.sugarcreekopera.com

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