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FFA conventioneers visit Purdue University

The 87th Indiana FFA State Convention finds more than 2,000 future farmers on the Purdue University campus this week.

State officers introduced themselves (Wednesday) and discussed their ongoing mission to teach leadership, while innovating agriculture through technology.

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz made a special appearance. She told members of the National FFA Organization that agricultural education is a key part to the state's economy.

Ritz said, "The agriculture of today is not the agriculture of the past."

She said agriculture education is now way more than just the study of plants.

Ritz also discussed the importance of making food more affordable for lower-income families.

The FFA Convention runs through Friday.

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Update: 10-year-old boy killed by tree branch identified

The White County Sheriff's Office in Indiana today (Wednesday) confirmed the identity of the victim in Tuesday's accident at the Indiana Beach Campground was 10-year-old Blaike Glassburn of Mishawaka, Indiana.

The boy was camping with family when a branch fell on his tent.

White County Sheriff Patrick Shafer said Indiana Beach security officers performed CPR on the boy until paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at IU Health White Memorial Hospital in Monticello on Tuesday.

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Kankakee County Board burdened with may be more budget cuts

The Kankakee County Board has a second meeting planned this week, in addition to Tuesday's regular monthly meeting. And the reason is due to hot issues that consumed discussion time yesterday.

The Board's finance committee last week considered another $400,000 in budget cuts. The Board is in need of cuts and hope for finding new revenues. The county's $25.3 million budget has already been cut $8 million over the last four years.

The board also has a decision to select a liability insurance carrier. The Daily-Journal reports, the insurance, which comes with a price tag of about $1 million, covers a massive amount of liability for the county ranging from vehicles to litigation from inmates at the county jail.

The board has two competing bids this year from brokers (including Deuschle-Gilmore Insurance of Kankakee and George Ryan Jr. Insurance Group of Kankakee).

One bid is $915,000, although an alternative also is being offered. The other company in place now, has covered the county for years and submitted two bids for $1.1 million and $1.4 million, according to the county's budget documents.

The proposals will be presented at Thursday's meeting.

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IMH joins Chloe's Promise for July 4th activities

Iroquois Memorial Hospital is announcing its partnering with the Chloe's Promise Foundation to benefit St. Jude's at this year's Independence Day Games for Kids at the Watseka hospital location.

The summer July 4th games are open to children 6-months to age 5.  The event is part of the July 4 fund for kids on the lawn at the IMH campus.  Pre-registration is available online at www.iroquoismemorial.com  Event day registration is also available prior to the 9 am start.

Chloe's Promise is a foundation set up by the parents of Chloe Petersen as a way to say thank you to St. Jude for the care provided to their child. Since it was formed in 2002, Chloe's Promise has raised more than $500,000 for St. Jude's. 

At the IMH event July 4th, representatives of Chloe's promise will be on hand to accept donations of new toys, games, stuffed animals and financial contributions.

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33rd annual fishing derby set for July

The 33rd annual Kankakee River Valley Fishing Derby is on the calendar for July 1-10. The event is sponsored by the Northern Illinois Anglers Association (NIAA).

Association president Ken Munjoy said more than $50,000 in potential prizes will be awarded. Munjoy is also the Derby Chairman and says area businesses are now displaying posters and registration materials.

Those who register by June 21 will be eligible for a $100 Early Bird Registration Drawing.

The grand prize, again, is a boat, motor and trailer sponsored by Local 176 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association.

Ten prize fish will be worth $1,000 in cash or merchandise. Several other $1,000 sponsors will make prizes available.

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