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Pumpkin trends, pumpkin farming change

If you bought a pumpkin this fall, chances are you bought something completely different than your parents bought when you were a kid.

Pumpkins are as old as America.

But the pumpkins on your table, front porch, or in the farmers market today are not what they used to be.

Central Illinois pumpkin farmer John Ackerman says pumpkin trends change and evolve.

Ackerman says he sells plenty of blue pumpkins for decorating and gourds by the bushel full.

This is a great year for pumpkins, Ackerman says the dry summer helped both jack-o-lantern pumpkins and the ones that will end up in pies.

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Police presence increased for Halloween

POLICE STATEWIDE ARE STEPPING UP PATROLS FOR THE HALLOWEEN WEEKEND...AND URGE MOTORISTS TO “DRIVE SOBER, OR GET PULLED OVER.”

HALLOWEEN USUALLY INCLUDES LOTS OF PARTIES AND LOTS OF LITTLE KIDS RUNNING AROUND. THAT’S WHY COPS WILL BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR DRIVERS NOT BEING SAFE SAYS ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SPOKESPERSON KELSEA GURSKI.

THE BEEFED UP ENFORCEMENT WILL RUN THROUGH THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF NOVEMBER FIRST.

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Dwight teacher named Illinois Teacher-of-the-Year

Lindsey Jensen is the Teacher of the Year in Illinois. The 10-year veteran instructor at Dwight was named this year’s winner Saturday at the Illinois State Board of Education annual Dinner-Banquet in Normal. Lindsey Jensen was one of 10 finalists for the honor.

Lindsey is a high school English and Literature teacher. Illinois State Education Superintendent Tony Smith said Jensen “exemplifies teacher leadership.”
She emerged from a group of 234 teachers who were nominated for the award. The list was narrowed to ten last month.
Originally a teacher’s aide, she joined the staff at Dwight in 2008 and has been there since.

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State Police weekend arrests

- Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 is reporting the arrest of Mallory L. Davis, 30, Kankakee, for DUI Alcohol; Aaron C. McDonald, 20, Homewood, for Possession of Cannabis over 30 grams; Adebayo V. Fatuki, 20, Homewood, for Possession of Cannabis over 30 grams; Kayleigh A. Bruce, 19, Worth, for Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor; Julia E. Lanigan, 19, Oak Lawn, for Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor; and Donald D. Sherrod Jr., 23, Kankakee, for DUI Drugs, DUI Alcohol and Obstructing Justice.

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Halloween Trick 'R Treat Hours....

City/Village officials who have submitted their community Trick-or-Treat Hours:

IROQUOIS COUNTY >

Watseka 4-7 pm Tuesday, October 31
Buckley 4-7 pm October 31
Cissna Park 4-7 pm. Tuesday
Danforth 4-7 pm Tuesday
Milford 4-7 pm Tuesday
Gilman 4-7 pm Tuesday
Onarga 5-7 pm Tuesday
Loda 5-7 pm Saturday, October 28
Beaverville 5-7 pm Tuesday
Martinton 5-7 pm Tuesday
Crescent City 5-7 pm Tuesday
Donovan 5:30 – 8 pm Tuesday
Sheldon 5-7 pm Tuesday
Clifton 5-7 pm Tuesday
Chebanse 5– 7:30 pm Tuesday

FORD COUNTY >

Gibson City 5-8 pm Tuesday
Kempton 5-7 pm Tuesday
Melvin — 5-7 pm. Tuesday
Roberts 5-7:30 pm Tuesday
Paxton — 5-8 p.m. Tuesday
Piper City — 4-7 pm Tuesday
Rankin — 5-7 pm Friday, October 27

KANKAKEE COUNTY >

Aroma Park: October 31, 5-7 pm
Bonfield: October 31, 4-7 pm
Bourbonnais: October 31, 5-7 pm
Bradley: October 31, 5-7 pm
Kankakee October 31 5-7 pm
Buckingham: October 31, 5-7 pm
Grant Park: October 31, 4-7 pm
Manteno: October 31, 5-7 pm
Momence: October 31, 4:30 pm -7 pm
Herscher October 31 4:30 – 7 pm

OTHERS >

Kentland 5-7 pm Tuesday, October 31
Dwight 4-7 pm Tuesday
Braidwood 4-7 pm Tuesday