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Hoopeston Grad Serving in Guam

A 2009 Hoopeston Area High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of an integrated crew of sailors and civilian mariners working aboard the submarine tender, USS Emory S. Land.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Mahlon (May-lin) Schmid serves in Guam as part of a forward deployed naval force in the Pacific.

He is responsible for the ship’s weapons and safe use and operation of those weapons aboard the ship.

Schmid, who’s a native of Rankin (IL), says he enjoys the camaraderie between the sailors in the Weapons Department. He said “we all work together to accomplish our mission. I enjoy shooting and teaching people to shoot.”

Schmid adds, “It’s an honor to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps who served in World War II.”

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Labor Day ceremonies honor Veterans

It’s often a history lesson that needs to be an everyday thing -- not just on Labor Day !

That’s the message so many people deliver as the war heroes are recognized.

Citizens attending a Veterans Day ceremony in Oakwood got a history lesson on the various branches of the Armed Services. The Oakwood American Legion delivered the lesson (Friday) as two new additions were dedicated at the community’s war memorial.

One of the two people honored on a new addition at the Oakwood memorial is Major David Audo. He was 35 when he was killed in Iraq on October 27th, 2009. Major Audo’s widow, Rebecca, was on hand for Friday’s dedication. She said ‘’I’m honored. I mean I’m happy that they’re doing this. I was surprised and it is a blessing. “.

And Rebecca Audo added that we need to remember there are still troops serving in harm’s way around the world.

Major Audo’s son...Austin, is a sixteen-year-old student at Oakwood High School. ‘’To me, every day should be Veterans Day,’’ said the teen. ‘’Today is just a special day because we get to add additional support to the Veterans on this day, and show them how much we appreciate them for their service.’’

State Representative Chad Hays and State Senator Scott Bennett shared comments before a crowd at the Oakwood event.

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HONOR FLIGHT -- providing honor & closure for veterans

American Legion Post #23 in Watseka brought area military veterans a little closer together (Friday) – for Veterans Day 2016.

The Legion Post had members assembled – for an annual event – to remember and honor the people who gave us our freedom.

But on this Veterans Day, as America steps up to unify and heal from a bitter political campaign, and a new President-Elect waits in the wing, veterans hear from a non-veteran, but aa American nonetheless who can appreciate what the veterans mean to all of us.

Connie Scott of Champaign told the local group of her experiences as a volunteer escort onboard HONOR FLIGHT –a non-profit organization dedicated to providing veterans with honor and closure.......

“I would tell anyone, go for....if you want to serve as an escort. It’ll change you, it really will,.” Scott told 94.1 WGFA News.

Ms. Scott shared her experiences and what she saw many veterans experience in making that trip to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials that honor all veterans, from all branches of the military........

“It’s so difficult to explain the emotions you go thru; to hear the veterans share stories and experiences; it’s so interesting to hear them,” Scott said. “And to see the emotional looks on their faces, the tears – it’s beyond rewarding, it’s a life-changer.”

Florida State representative Jeff Miller calls the nation’s memorial breathtaking --- it’s made us all free and we owe the veterans.

And it’s the veterans who should earn the right to board HONOR FLIGHT and experience what deserve to see, for their own honor and closure.

The sounds of Veterans Day are the moving experience all American should listen to and appreciate ----

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Gibson City grain dealer's license revoked by Department of Agriculture

The Illinois Department of Agriculture revoked the license of a financially troubled Ford County grain dealer.
Wednesday’s action resulted in the license of SGI Agri-Marketing LLC, a specialty grain dealer in Gibson City, being revoked following an administrative hearing.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture discovered deficiencies in the company’s financial statements.
The company has been ordered to stop doing any further business.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has assumed control of the company, including its grain assets, and will begin the process of compensating claimants per the Illinois Grain Code. Anyone who has sold grain to the company and has not paid in full should contact the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Warehouses to file a claim.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will hold an informational meeting to explain the liquidation and claims processes at 1 pm. Wednesday, November 16, at SGI Agri-Marketing LC in Gibson City. The meeting is open to anyone with a financial interest in the company, including farmers who may be potential claimants.

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Veterans honored today; say ‘Thank You’ to a veteran

Today’s that special day to make sure we all say ‘Thank You’ to a veteran. Veterans Day 2016 finds several area programs being held by American Legions and other military agencies.

Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz, on behalf of all the men and women of the State Police, is saying thanks to veterans for their service to our country. The ISP encourages citizens of Illinois to show support this Veterans Day by attending Veterans Day events.

American Legion Post #23 will conduct a service at the Legion Home in Legion Park. It begins at 11 am.

Connie Scott will talk about her experiences in assisting veterans on the Honor Flight to view veterans memorials in Washington, D.C.

In Kankakee --- Local veteran Roger Bean is the guest speaker at a program at Governor Small State Park. The program begins at 10:15 am

Danville’s WWII Memorial is the site for a 10:30 program this morning.

The Village of Oakwood is dedicating two new markers to its war memorial to show appreciation to Veterans. The program begins at 10 am

The public is welcome at all the events.

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