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Wind Farm progress: Kelly Creek Wind Farm moving forward

There's more progress to report for area wind farms. The Pilot Hill Wind Farm in northwest Iroquois County and Kankakee County is expanding.

The Kelly Creek Wind Farm is an expansion of the newly-built Pilot Hill operation.

The Ford County Board gave unanimous approval (this week), paving the way for construction of the Kelly Creek Wind Farm. Resolutions approved by the County Board sets the stage for construction to begin this spring.

Engineering services are in place to oversee the construction of the wind farm in Rogers Township in northern Ford County. (near Kempton and Cabery).

Construction of the 184-megawatt wind farm is expected to begin in April. The project includes turbines in Norton Township in neighboring Kankakee County.

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Frank's Appliance expanding, new store opens in Manteno

A popular Bradley-based store is expanding. Frank's Appliance Center has opened a second location in Manteno. Owners JoAnne and Mark Keen now offer a second showroom in a 6,000 square-foot location at 131 N. Main Street in Manteno.

The Manteno store will feature a larger showroom (5,500 sq ft) than its home-based facility (4,500 sq ft) on W. Superior Street in Bradley.

JoAnne reports the second location will mainly be a retail showroom, but it offers a limited parts department. Three sales clerks are staffing the new Manteno location. The company has 16 total employees.

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Business Expo in Watseka next month

The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes businesses to showcase themselves next month at the "Hometown USA" Business Expo. The event is Saturday, March 12 from 9 am to 3 pm at Watseka High School.

There will be entertainment and demonstrations. Businesses will also offer prize give-aways. The event is open to the public and there is no charge.

For more information, call Amanda Hibbs at 815-432-2416.

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Heroin discovered in Flanagan home

Livingston County Sheriff's Police seized more than 500 baggies containing heroin in a home, leading to the arrest of a Flanagan couple on drug charges.

37-year-old James Bankenbeckler and his wife, 32-year-old Beth Bankenbeckler are charged with possession of a controlled substance. The charges are Class 4 felony counts.

Livingston County Sheriff Tony Childress said the county's Proactive Gang/Drug Unit located the heroin and 4.5 grams of marijuana during search of the couple's home.

The arrests followed a yearlong investigation into what police believe was a drug operation in the small town, west of Pontiac.

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Illinois allowed extension on flood assistance request

The state of Illinois requested and received an extension for submitting a request to the federal government for a major disaster declaration related to severe storms and flooding in late December and early January.

The original deadline for the submission was today (February 12). The extension allows the state until February 26 to request federal assistance.

James Joseph, Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), said "In some parts of the state, floodwaters only recently subsided to the point where we were able to accurately document the damages." He adds, "We just concluded joint damage assessments with FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration earlier this week and need more time to thoroughly review that information in order to better define the true impact of the event."

FEMA and IEMA began reviewing flood and storm-related costs with local government officials in 19 counties on February 1, while FEMA, SBA and IEMA began assessing damage to homes and businesses in 10 counties on February 4. Iroquois and Vermilion were two of the counties affected by the flooding.

The state will decide by February 26 if a state request for federal assistance is warranted.

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