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KCC's South Extension Center in Watseka gets accreditation visit

Reviewers from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools recently conducted a site visit at KCC’s Harold and Jean Miner South Extension Center in Watseka.

“The Higher Learning Commission visited our site since we are now offering an entire associate degree at the SEC through the new Fast Path program,” said Dr. Michael Boyd, KCC vice president for instructional and student success.

The Fast Path program offers admitted students a schedule with two classes at a time, offered two days a week for two years. Upon completion, the students earn an Associate in Arts degree.

If the HLC report affirms that KCC delivers appropriate services, then the South Extension Center will continue to offer full associate degree programs for students.

The Higher Learning Commission is one of six accrediting agencies in the United States which provides institutional accreditation on a regional basis. KCC has held Higher Learning Commission accreditation since 1974. The KCC expects to receive a decision from the Higher Learning Commission in the next few weeks.

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Slick roads, more school closings ...

Slippery road conditions and ponding on area routes is enough to lead to more school closings and other delays today (Wednesday).  The melting snow finds several roads posted to make drivers aware of ponding water.  Changing road conditions could pose a challenge as temps drop to near 23 by 5 pm.

Rainfall amounts are over an inch in many communities; 1.10 at the WGFA Studio.

Central Unit #4 at Clifton and Kankakee Trinity Academy are among the school closings today.  Manteno, Momence, St. George, and St. Anne High and Grade Schools are closed due to weather conditions.

The Central District Library at Clifton also closed.

A Crop Insurance meeting hosted by the Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau at Gilman today --ALSO Canceled.  Additional cancellations under the WGFA Cancellations LINK

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Ford, Iroquois Counties included in Winter Weather Advisory ...

The National Weather Service has issued another winter weather advisory. Ford and Iroquois counties are included. The advisory kicks in around noon today (Tuesday) and runs until 9 pm.

Freezing rain is expected...with total ice accumulations of around one-tenth of an inch expected. Expect slippery roads as a result of the ice. Motorists are advised to slow down while driving and be ready for changing road conditions.

Drivers have reported very slick conditions this morning. Drifting snow continues to pose poor conditions throughout Illiana.

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Hoopeston school bus involved in crash

A Hoopeston school bus was involved in a traffic crash this (Monday) evening in Champaign County. No one was injured. Sheriff deputies investigated near Flatville, at 2500 North and 2100 East.

Emergency responders reported the school bus is believed to have turned in front of a car heading eastbound. Up to 20 students were reported onboard the bus.

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Miss Iroquois County Fair, Lyndsey Neukomm; Talent contestants, among state’s best

Iroquois County Fair Queen Lyndsey Neukomm was ranked among the top 15 queen contestants in state competition over the weekend. Judges selected her among the best at the Illinois county Fair Queen Pageant in Springfield.

The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Convention also area talent show winners from last year’s county fairs compete.

Lyndsey was one 71 county queens on stage in Springfield. She’s the daughter of Walt Neukomm and Charlene Neukomm of Cissna Park.

Also competing was Kaiti Zbinden of Gibson City, the 2018 Ford County Fair Queen.

The new Miss Illinois County Fair Queen is Alexi Bladel, representing Winnebago County.

Miss Illinois State Fair 2018, Samantha Hasselbring of Cissna Park, crowned the new state fair queen.

Iroquois County was well-represented in the state talent show too. Young ladies who won the junior competition at the Iroquois County Fair last July earned an 8th place finish at state. They were students at Studio on Main in Watseka. They danced to “Better When I’m Dancin. ”

Alexis Krones of Watseka, also from Studio on Main, placed second in the senior division with her dance to “Body Love”. Ellaine Hibbert, also from Studio on Main in Watseka, placed fifth in the senior division with her dance to “This is Our Time”. Miss Hibbert represented the Georgetown Fair.

A Ford County talent winner, Madalyn Schmitt, earned first place in the senior division.

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