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USDA: 2013 corn harvest a record 13.9B bushels

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- This year's corn crop has soared to a new national record, breaking expectations in many states that received too much rain early on and a summer dry spell that brought back drought concerns.

In its first crop supply and demand report since the partial government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday it expects 13.99 billion bushels of corn, more than the September forecast of 13.8 billion bushels. The previous record was 13.1 billion in 2009.

Some observers thought there would be a subpar harvest in the Midwest, including Iowa and Nebraska. Heavy rains delayed spring planting by several weeks, causing some farmers to give up planting the wettest fields. Then, drought conditions returned in the summer months.

"Better than expected" are the three most popular words in Iowa right now, said Chad Hart, an agriculture economist at Iowa State University.

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Cissna Park FFA Scholarship Auction

The Cissna Park and Crescent-Iroquois Ag Hall-of-Fame is a new creation this year. And the annual Cissna Park FFA Scholarship Auction today (Sat) will feature the first inductees into the Hall-of-Fame.

Today's dinner and auction is from 4-6 pm at the Cissna Park High School gym.

John Terrell (Tear-O) is FFA President. He says 15 alumni alumni will be honored.

All proceeds from the event benefit the FFA chapter.

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Veterans’ Day observances for area communities….

Watseka American Legion Post #23 is hosting a Veterans Day event Monday, November 11th. The public is invited to the 11 am observance at the Legion Park home.

Desert Storm Veteran Alex O'Brien is the featured speaker.

The Hoopeston American Legion and VFW will conduct an annual Veterans Day Program Monday. It's at the Hoopeston Area Middle School Gymnasium. The public is invited to the 9:30 am observance.

The Hoopeston Area High School Band and Chorus will provide entertainment.,

Two announced events in Ford County are at Gibson City and Paxton.

The Gibson City-Melvin Sibley school district welcomes the public to Monday's observance at the GCMS High School at 9 am. Local veterans will be featured in a slide-show.

Veterans Day at Paxton includes two programs. The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district and the PBL High School Band will host the two events at the high school gym. An 8:30 am program will focus on young children followed by a community-wide program at 9:30 am, which includes a color guard made up of veterans from the Paxton and Loda American Legion posts.

A Veterans Day Program at the South Newton school campus invites public participation to honor area veterans. It's at 9 am Monday in the school gym. Students K-12 will be part of the program.

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Iroquois County Board ready to OK balanced budget

A balanced budget is expected to be approved by the Iroquois County Board next Tuesday (11/12).

Numbers were reviewed, on file for the last month, and now ready for the new fiscal year on December 1st.

Finance committee Chairman Kevin Hansen points to some matters that have to be watched. The financial situation with the 9-1-1 / ETSB budget is an issue that the county and city of Watseka will need to monitor in the event budgeted-monies run out.

Hansen said "we have issues out there to pay attention to, but the proposed-budget looks pretty good to me."

Vice-Chairman Kyle Anderson said "we'll still have to hold the line, but it's come together.

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Indictment error presents confusion in theft case

                                        Iroquois County case to be reviewed

The legal minds involved in a village-government theft case will be back in court next month (December 2) to iron out paper work that's caused confusion in the case.

This involves theft charges facing a former bookkeeper/collector for the village of Cissna Park.
Rhonda Sue Siebert was in Iroquois County Circuit Court Thursday with intent to plead guilty to a Class 1 felony listed in a grand jury indictment. The indictment charges her with the theft of between $100,000 and $500,000 in village funds.

State's Attorney Jim Devine told the court the charge should have been a more serious Class X felony. Siebert then withdrew her plea.

The 2012 indictment was supposed to be listed as a felony but the mistake. Devine points out, was listed as a Class 1 offense.

The theft of government funds as reported earlier exceeded $100,000.

The indictment paper work will have to be amended.

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