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Mike Loyd is retiring from Farm Credit Illinois Nov. 30, after 33 years with the Farm Credit System. Loyd most recently served as vice president of marketplace initiatives based at the financial cooperative’s headquarters in Mahomet.

Loyd spent his formative years on his family’s Williamson and Union County grain and livestock farms. Before joining the workforce, he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in instructional systems design from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. During his tenure, Loyd and the Association’s marketing team were recognized with the Classic Telly Award, several National Agri-Marketing Association awards, and the Farm Credit System’s 2007 marketing showcase award for the Farm Progress Show. He is a 31-year member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters.

At the beginning of his Farm Credit career, Loyd worked at the Farm Credit Bank of St. Louis as the marketing supervisor and played a lead role in communicating the merger of the Farm Credit Banks of St. Louis and St. Paul that formed AgriBank in 1992. After two years consulting for AgriBank in St. Paul, Minn., Loyd transitioned to the marketing department for Farm Credit Services of Southeastern Illinois in Mt. Vernon, Ill., in 1995. When the Southeastern and Central Illinois Associations moved to joint management in 1999, Loyd provided communications leadership and was named the head of marketing department in the newly formed Association in 2001, which eventually became Farm Credit Illinois.

Loyd and his wife Candy reside in rural Mansfield. Mike has one daughter: Lindsey, two step-children: Carrie and Tyler, and three step-grandchildren: Logan, Finn, and Avery. The Farm Credit Illinois team is grateful for Loyd’s leadership and service to farm families and rural communities.

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Candidates filing period begins, first-day filers in Iroquois, Kankakee County

The political start-up for the 2018 elections is underway. Candidates filed early today (Monday) at the Elections Offices in both Watseka and Kankakee.

In Iroquois County – two candidates for Treasurer, one for County Clerk, and four for County Board seats.

In Kankakee County -- 14 Republican candidates filed for County Board seats, precinct committee seats, and for County Clerk. (Dan Hendrickson will seek the Clerk’s Office with Bruce Clark retiring).

Candidates filing at the same time (Mon) will be eligible for a lottery to determine top position on the ballot. Candidates filing at the last-hour on Monday, December 4, will also be involved in a lottery to determine the last position on the ballot.

The filing period for the March 2 Primary Election continues thru Monday, December 4.

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Watseka Christmas Parade Winners

Best Children’s Unit = Sheldon T.I.E.S

Best Walking Unit = Diamond in the Rough

Best Float= State Line Riders ABATE

Best Use of Theme “Rockin” Around The Christmas Tree”= First Trust & Savings

Bank Best Use of Lights = Slow Boys Tractor Club

Best Decorated Emergency Vehicle = Gilman Fire Dept.

Best Religious Entry= Watseka First United Methodist Church

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GCMS Falcons win 2A football state title

    FINAL SCORE: Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 38, Maroa-Forsyth 32

The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley football program made history (Friday) in Dekalb.

The Falcons staged a second half rally to earn a 38-32 victory against Maroa-Forsyth in the Class 2A state championship game at Huskie Stadium. It was the football program's first-ever state championship.

GCMS finishes 14-0 on the season, capping a final drive against the Trojans (12-2). GCMS scored the winning touchdown with just over a minute left to play.

Trailing 32-30, the Falcons offense wen t the length of the field with a little more than six minutes left. Bryce Barnes made an acrobatic 23-yard touchdown catch off a pass from quarterback Nathan Garard with 1:o8 to go on the clock.

The Falcons' defense did it own more time, stopping Maroa-Forsyth in its own territory to seal the championship win.

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Busy Shoppers on Black Friday; 94.1 WGFA promotes Big R specials

           160M Americans Hitting Black Friday Sales

An estimated 160-million Americans are hitting up Black Friday sales. Shoppers looking for the best deals barely finished their Thanksgiving turkeys before heading out for their annual all-nighter.

The Big R Store in Watseka welcomed holiday shoppers (Friday) for its annual Black Friday Sales. A ‘live’ on-air remote broadcast on 94.1 WGFA featured store officials and customers.

Clothing and toys are popular, but others were hunting for electronics, including laptops, big screen TVs and smartphones. Retailers count on Black Friday, along with Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, for up to 40-percent of yearly sales.

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