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Severe weather possible for Midwest today

Emergency officials ask the public to prepare for possible severe weather today and tonight. Hail and possible tornado conditions could pose a threat.

Strong storms rumbled through the Southern Plains early Thursday, missing major population centers but offering a preview of bad weather that could hit Chicago, Detroit and other big cities in the Midwest later in the day.

The Storm Prediction Center said 57 million people lived in an area with an "enhanced risk" of hail, damaging winds and tornadoes Thursday. Tornadoes were reported Wednesday and early Thursday in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, but those areas saw minimal damage.

Indiana State Police said high winds toppled a tractor-trailer on Interstate 69 near Evansville, while utilities reported a number of power outages after wind gusts reached 70 mph. Authorities in Hendricks County, west of Indianapolis, blamed a 75-year-old woman's death on flash flooding.

Areas that won't see strong storms Thursday could see heavy rain instead.

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Agriculture highlighted at DACC

The spotlight is on agriculture today (Thursday) at Danville Area Community College. The junior college is hosting its annual Ag Day.

Area agricultural organizations, businesses and individuals step up to help the College Ag Club in offering the event. Activities run from 9 am. thru 1 pm on the DACC campus.

The feature of the day is a barbecue lunch being served from 11 am. until 12:30 pm in the Mary Miller Gym. The lunch consists of a pork barbecue sandwich, applesauce, baked beans, potato chips, and milk or Pepsi...all for only 50-cents. The price represents the amount the farmer usually receives for the products in the meal after producing and selling them.

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T-storms rock Champaign, Danville; move into Indiana

A line of severe thunderstorms moving across Champaign and Vermilion County lashed out at Indiana with large hail and heavy rainfall.

A severe thunderstorm warning covered several central Indiana counties this (Wednesday) morning as the storms cut across the state. Observers reported that large hailstone fell on Indianapolis' northwest side and were accompanied by heavy rain and lightning.

A flood warning covered much of central Indiana, and a flash flood warning was in effect for far west-central Indiana, which was hit by heavy rainfall earlier Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says severe weather is possible across Indiana through early Thursday, with the main threat being large damaging hail. Those storms will also carry the risk of damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.

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Official canvass will verify close Iroquois County votes

Aldermanic and trustee races in Iroquois County and school board contests will need to be officially canvassed before winners are declared from Tuesday's Consolidated Election.

Some results were determined by just a single vote, others by a very few, and some tied. Absentee ballots, still out there, could be factors, according to County Clerk Lisa Fancher.

Two candidates for Watseka School District #9 tied for the final seat in a 4-seat contest. Seven candidates were on the ballot Tuesday.

Incumbent board member Crystal Blair and Toby Schippert each received 313 votes. Kirk McTaggart was top vote-getter (482), Bob Burd (427) and Michael Kaeb (349) will win seats.

The top four candidates in the Central #4 District Yuesday were Troy Meier (273), Kevin Hack (257), Sarah Shoven (224) and Lisa Behrens (212).

Cissna Park Unit #6 winners were Jason Edelman (264), Bud Petry (241), Jeremy Seggebruch (164).

In the Village of Woodland trustee race, just one vote separated the third and fourth place candidates for the three seats. Becky Pries received 20 votes, Tom Oberloh 19.

Marleen Purdin was top vote-getter with 31. Matt Ailey had 27.

A six-person trustee race in Onarga was close. Angie Martinez was the 3rd place finisher with 105, just two votes better than Cole Rabe with 103.

Matt Clark received 128 votes and Jerry Haynes 116.

In Loda – newcomer Jon Boone (51) and newcomer Jeff Johnson (46) were winners along with incumbent Ronda Breeden (49). Incumbent John Zalaker was defeated in a re-election bid ((20). Regina Ptacek had 32 votes.

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Vermilion County voters reject tax hike

Voters in Hoopeston said 'No' to a proposal to raise the sales tax. That was just one of the many issues had choices for on the ballot in Vermilion County Tuesday. Final, un-official numbers show 463 voting against the tax hike and 330 in favor.

Hoopeston voters selected Chad Yaden to serve on the city council in Ward 1. Alex Houmes in Ward 2 and Brandon Hamilton in Ward 4.

Voters in Danville kept Scott Eisenhauer as Mayor. He was an easy winner for re-election defeating former County Board Chairman James McMahon.

Eisenhauer earned 63% of the vote to 37% for McMahon, who continues to serve on the County Board.

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