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Hartshorn to lead Illinois Sheriff's Association

Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn has been elected to serve as President of the Illinois Sheriff’s Association.  As President, Hartshorn will be responsible for providing leadership to the 102 elected Sheriff’s of Illinois and the association’s office in Springfield.

Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman of Danville administered the oath of office at a banquet held in Hartshorn’s honor at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield.  State Treasurer Dan Rutherford was the key note speaker at the dinner which was emceed by State Representative Chad Hays.

The Illinois Sheriff’s Association has 37,000 associate members made up of private citizens who support the goals and initiatives of the Sheriff’s Association.  Hartshorn served on the organization’s Executive Board and Board of Directors prior to being elected President of the group.


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Iroquois County disbands Regional Planning Commission

WATSEKA -- Building permits and other zoning issues in Iroquois County will be heard by the County Board’s Planning & Zoning Committee, now that the Regional Planning Commission has been dissolved.

The County Board (Wed) voted to disband and remove any legal responsibility from the former regional board.

The regional committee, for years, had been the first step in the application process for zoning matters. Decisions were then forwarded to the Zoning Board of Appeals and then to the county board’s planning & zoning committee.

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Iroquois County Board OK’s bids

WATSEKA – The Iroquois County Board has approved a bid that awards lawn care services to Hall’s Lawn & Garden of Gilman. David Hall was the low bidder for $8,600 for the mowing season.

Three sealed bids for waste hauling were also received. The county board management committee recommended the bid of $270 dollars per month from

A & J Disposal of Kankakee.

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Paxton jewelry store burglary nets three arrests

The theft of an estimated $175,000 worth of jewelry and coins from a Paxton business has led to the arrests of three Danville men.

All three suspects are free on bond, but face a Class 2 felony charge of burglary. The men are charged in the burglary last fall and again in January of Hewerdine’s Coin & Jewelry in Paxton. Each suspect is charged with possession of stolen property.

28-year-old Ryan Banks, 27-year-old Brandon Enos (E-nis) and 26-year-old Ryan McLaughlin were arrested by Paxton Police. A search warrant was executed at one of the suspect’s home in Danville.

Police said some of the stolen property was pawned in Arizona and Nevada over the last few months. Some of the stolen property was identified as items taken from Hewerdine’s.

Police said all three men had been customers of the store and visited there several times.

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Iroquois County Republican Women to Award Scholarships

The Iroquois County Republican Women will award a $500 scholarship to one young woman graduating in 2013. Applications are available through guidance counselors at all Iroquois County high schools.

Academic excellence, involvement in extracurricular/community activities and involvement in Republican Party politics will be the primary criteria in determining the winner. Some examples of party involvement may include working as an election judge, helping with elections in other capacities or assisting with Republican Women events.

Additional criteria for eligibility is that you must be a three year resident of Iroquois County, registered to vote if you will be 18 by February, 18, 2013, proof of US citizenship, a letter of recommendation, copy of your most recent school transcript, and must be a member of or a relative of a member of the organization.

Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2013. Return applications to Mindy Kuntz Hagan, 3053 E 1900 North Rd., Sheldon, IL 60966