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Olivet Nazarene University receives distinctive rankings from U.S. News Best Colleges Report

U.S. News and World Report released the 2020 Best Colleges Report. Olivet Nazarene University received rankings and recognition in six categories.

Olivet is recognized as a Best Regional University in the Midwest and a Best Value School for regional universities in the Midwest. Olivet also received rankings for Undergraduate Teaching Degrees for regional universities in the Midwest and for Undergraduate Engineering Programs for national non-doctoral engineering programs. Additionally, the University received rankings as an A+ School for B Students and as a Top Performer on Social Mobility.

For 30 years, U.S. News & World Report's rankings and advice have served as a valuable consumer reference. The U.S. News Best Colleges annual report provides nearly 50 different types of numerical rankings and lists to help students narrow their college search. This year, Olivet also received rankings from the Wall Street Journal and the Colleges of Distinction.

These third-party endorsements provide clarity for prospective students as they go through the college search process. With a modern, student-centered approach to teaching, Olivet continues to stand out by offering a unique learning environment and programming that engages students with character-building service learning; spring break and summer mission trip opportunities; global learning programs; collaborative assignments; undergraduate research projects; and internship opportunities.

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Weekend events in Iroquois County …

Beaverville, Chebanse and Danforth offer some weekend events this weekend in Iroquois County.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church has its historic structure on display for the Annual Founders’ Day Sunday. Church tours are available. Mass is offered at 10 am. Several crafts and vendors offer their wares on the church grounds. Dinner is served from 11 am ‘til 3 pm. Proceeds benefit the church restoration efforts.

The Village of Chebanse welcomes visitors for the Annual 408 Bash. American Legion Post 408 sponsors the event, which includes a Trap Shoot, Archery Contest and Euchre Tournament. Saturday’s fun is American Legion Park. Tickets sell for $20 each. The Legion also features the Pull in the Park Tractor Pull competition Sunday at Noon.

In Danforth – Prairieview Lutheran Home hosts its annual Fall Festival today (Friday) and Saturday. A quilt auction is at 3 pm Saturday. There’s food, crafts and a silent auction and more !

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Man dies after jumping from a Kankakee bridge

A 28-year-old man is dead after he jumped from the Schuyler Avenue bridge this (Friday) morning. The Kankakee County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Deangelo Shelby of Kankakee. Fire personnel reported the man was pulled from the Kankakee River shortly before noon after he jumped into the water around 10 am. The fire department search team recovered the man. He died at a local hospital.

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T&D Metal fire in Watseka

Sparks in the grinding room at T&D Metal Manufacturing in Watseka triggered a fire Friday afternoon. The fire in the void space of the ceiling alerted fire personnel just apst Noon. The Watseka Fire Department reports the fire was contained to the grinding rolom.  No injury reported. Damage estimates are at $10,000.

Watseka fire received mutual aide from Crescent City, Milford, Martinton and St. Anne.

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Parks Livestock operations near Stockland subject of public hearings in Iroquois County

The Illinois Department of Agriculture conducted public meetings in Watseka (Thursday) to get input on three proposed hog confinement operations near Stockland. The Iroquois County Board will next take up the issue. The local board has 30 days to issue its advisory, non-binding recommendation about the facility’s construction.

The proposal needs to meet the 8 siting criteria described in the Livestock Management Facilities Act (LMFA). The state Ag Department has the final say on the matter. The LMFA protects a citizens’ right to a safe, clean environment as well as the right of livestock farmers to earn a living. The Act states animal agriculture is important to Illinois economy and should be maintained, but farmers have a responsibility to be good neighbors. The Act, adopted in 1996 and amended seven times since, also recognizes market forces are rapidly changing the livestock industry. Farmers are increasingly having to expand operations to remain in business, and the trend towards expanded farms has a created a need for safeguards to protect the public interests and theirs.

The safeguards establish requirements for the design, construction and operation of livestock management. They also establish procedures and criteria for the siting of facilities and outline the public information meeting process.
Some immediate neighbors to the proposed Stockland sites have voiced opposition, pointing to potential air and water pollution, the amount of water consumed by such hog facilities, the smell, wear and tear on local roads, and the negative effect on their property value.

Supporters, including the Farm Bureau, say the livestock operations promote ag growth, new jobs (especially for youth), increased tax revenues, and that the Livestock Act is a fair process with uniform rules for the environment.

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