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Shuttle service expanding to Midway Airport

River Valley Metro is announcing its weekday service to Midway Airport from the Manteno Transfer Centre will double in frequency beginning Monday, August 17.

The new schedule provides 12 non-stop round trips from Manteno to Midway Airport each weekday, beginning at 5 am and ending at 10:45 pm. The shuttle also makes five round trips on Saturdays and three on Sundays and holidays. More details available at www.RiverValleyMetro.com

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Andrew Condon murder trial set to go in Iroquois County

The long-awaited murder trial of Andrew Condon is nearing in Iroquois County. The 36-year-old Ashkum man stands trial for a 2012 murder in Gilman beginning Monday.

Condon has been jailed in Watseka since his arrest in November of 2012. He's charged with the gas station shooting death of 27-year-old Jonathon Rubin. The Danforth man was killed October 27th (2012) while working as an attendant at the then Gilman-Shell station, along Route 24.

Condon is represented by Kankakee attorney Ed Glazur. Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine said jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday before Judge Gordon Lustfeldt.

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Kelly Circus coming to Watseka

The Kelly Circus visits Watseka Wednesday, August 26. The tent goes up on the grounds of the old Roff House on Sheridan Avenue.

The circus is coming here courtesy of the Modern Woodmen of America/local agent Bernie Markley.

The Iroquois County Historical Society and the Old Courthouse Museum will be the recipients of the matching grant this year.

Before the circus arrives, the clown will visit various nursing homes, assisted living homes and independent living homes in the area. These stops will be open to the public and everyone is invited to stop by during one of his visits to witness his silly antics.

Two performances are scheduled on August 26 – one at 4:30 pm and the other at 7:30 pm.  Tickets can be purchased before the day of the circus at a discounted price from Bernie Markley and at area banks and businesses.

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Arrest made in Danville robbery at Iroquois Federal

Danville Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the robbery last week at Iroquois Federal. Detectives took 47-year-old Jeffrey Zook of Danville into custody (Wednesday) for the August 5th robbery.

Police said Zook called the department wanting to turn himself in. He was taken into custody without incident at about 11 am.

Zook is being held at the Public Safety Building on a preliminary charge of robbery.

Iroquois Federal Bank was robbed about 3 pm by a lone gunman. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken. No money or weapon have been recovered.

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Indiana farmers get disaster declaration, too

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a secretarial disaster declaration for crop damages and losses due to flooding and for Indiana farmers in 53 counties.

Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter to USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack at the end of July explaining how the heavy rainfall has had a significant impact on the yield of Indiana crops and overall on our state's farmers.

Out of the state's 92 counties, 53 were included in the declaration request. Newton, Jasper, Fountain and Tippecanoe counties made the list — Boone, Cass, Howard, Miami, Montgomery, and Pulaski are included.

Under the declaration, farmers can now apply for low-interest emergency loans.

"Farms in counties all across the state have suffered because of the excessive rainfall we've experienced during our spring and summer months this year," Gov. Pence said in a news release. "I'm thankful to the Indiana Farm Service Agency and the USDA for recognizing the need for assistance for our Hoosier farmers, and I hope that those affected will apply for the loans they need."

Farmers interested in applying for loans, please visit the USDA website. For more information on applying for a loan, view the USDA Farm Loan Fact Sheet.

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