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Michael Sabol new associate judge in 21st circuit

Michael Sabol begins a new work week today (Tuesday) as the newest judge to serve the 21st Judicial Circuit.

Before family, friends and colleagues Friday afternoon, Judge Sabol slipped into his new black robe after taking his oath of office at the Iroquois County Courthouse.

Retired Judge Gordon Lustfeldt administered the oath ...
The judge’s wife, Crissy, assisted him in donning his new garb while daughters, Alexis and Kate, held the Bible for the swearing-in ceremony.

Judge Sabol expressed his appreciation to the circuit’s judges, present and past, who attended his special-event...
Circuit Judge James Kinzer welcomed the audience for Judge Sabol’s day.

Sabol said “The judicial system is so much more than just the judges. Several people, he said, including the clerks, the bailiffs, law enforcement and office personnel and house- keeping make the courthouse operate.

Judge Sabol acknowledged his parents for his upbringing and even his brothers, who picked on him in his early years. The youngest of four children, Michael Sabol said it was his father, who he lost when he was just 21, who served his country and worked in East Chicago’s steel mill, who taught him about work ethic...
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Aqua Illinois hosts Watseka Open House, welcomes citizen questions

Informational charts, community endorsements and plenty of Aqua Illinois ‘blue shirt’ personnel were available at Watseka City Hall (Thursday). The water company hosted an open house to give local citizens an opportunity to ask questions and learn what Aqua is about and how the company could help the city’s future water and water treatment operations.

Maybe about 20 local citizens bothered to attend a three-hour session, even though there were a lot of concerns expressed a few short weeks ago at a public hearing.

Most of the concerns are about a large corporation taking over what citizens feel is their community asset, a community service the city owns and its people want to control.

The city council is considering a potential partnership where Aqua Illinois would take over ownership of the water and sewer system.

So often, it’s mis-information that raises concern. Aqua Illinois President Craig Blanchette says the open house was to address questions and any misinformation the public may have received.

Mayor Bob Harwood assures the community no decisions have been made; talks continue as to where the city may go with the water operations. But feedback is positive about Aqua Illinois.

The rates will go up – the mayor says – no matter what decision the city council makes.

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Threshermen’s Reunion cancelled

Wet grounds have forced a cancellation of the annual Threshermen’s Reunion at Pontiac.

For the first time in its history, Pontiac’s annual harvest-time rite, the Central States Threshermen’s Reunion, is a no-go this weekend. The event is canceled for the first time due to the recent heavy rains swamping Threshermen’s Park.

The good news: the fest's downtown parade will go as scheduled, at 1:15 pm Sunday.

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Labor Day events underway... Pontiac's Threshermen's Reunion cancelled

Annual Labor Day weekend events have started in area towns, including Herscher, Hoopeston and Earl Park, Indiana. 

Herscher's annual parade is set for Monday (September 5) at 10:30 am.  The 3-day event includes other activities running Saturday thru Monday night.  It's the 96th Labor Day Celebration.

The 73rd National Sweet Corn Festival and Pageant at Hoopeston runs thru the weekend. The Sweetcorn Festival is sponsored by the Hoopeston jaycees.  The Grand parade is 10:30 Saturday morning.

Young women from 27 states will be participating in the Sweetheart Pageant at the Hoopeston Civic Center. Preliminary competition is at 6 pm Saturday.  The Finals are at 6 pm Sunday. 

Labor Day parades and activities are also scheduled in Westville, Bloomington and Lowell, Indiana.

The Earl Park Fall Festival in Benton County, IN also started Friday and runs thru the weekend.  The Grand Parade is 2 pm Monday.

In Livingston County... the popular Threshermen's Reunion at Pontiac is cancelled due to wet grounds.  The parade is still scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

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KAMEG finds $11M pot-grow operation; plants seized, suspect arrested

A 24-year-old California man is under arrest after KAMEG agents uncovered a pot-growing operation in rural Kankakee. Erick Garcia-Magana was arrested for unlawful production of more than 200 cannabis plants, discovered Tuesday afternoon.

KAMEG agents observed Garcia-Magana near the outdoor cannabis-growing operation. It was along a wooded creek line near county roads 1000 North and 4000 East.

Agents seized 4,431 cannabis plants from a 16,000-square-foot area. The estimated value of the plants was listed at $11-million. Agents also seized equipment used in the outdoor production of cannabis plants.

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