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Sugar Creek Opera presents ‘Cold Sassy Tree”

The 11th Annual Sugar Creek Opera Festival this weekend finds professional artists presenting "Cold Sassy Tree" at the Central High School Auditorium in Clifton.

Saturday's performance is at 7:30 pm. Dr. Phil Hayes explains the opera is performed for the first time in English, rather than a foreign language with sir-titles..........

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Two of the stars are Kyle Albertson and Daniel Shirley, who visited with WGFA's Don Elliott (Friday), telling radio listeners how the story is told through the eyes of Rucker Latimore's grandson .........

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Ticket availability is online at www.sugarcreek.org There may be some tickets available at the door. Show time is 7:30 pm (Saturday).

Related events include the Bus Tour of Iroquois County Historic Churches starting at 9:30 this (Sat) morning (bus leaving from 4th & Cherry in Watseka).

There's also Wine Tasting at the Inside Out Store in Gilman from 4-6 pm.

Sunday at 3 pm is American Tapestry: Scenes from the Opera at the Central High School Auditorium.

94.1 FM, WGFA

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Vermilion County losing 40 jobs in Nursing Home Sale >

The Vermilion Manor Nursing Home has a new owner today. And as Vermilion County officially gets out of the nursing home business nearly 40 employees of the nursing home at Tilton are losing their jobs.

Vermilion County Board Chairman Gary Weinard said he was surprised how many workers are to be displaced. The sale negotiations focused on preserving jobs and keeping the facility operating as a nursing home.

Skokie, Illinois based FNR Healthcare Group has taken over operation of what is now known as Gardenview Manor. FNR is partnering with Premier Healthcare Management in the venture.
Weinard says those who are losing their jobs will get some help from the County.

Weinard adds the new owners are promising to make some improvements at the former Vermilion Manor.

Despite the job losses, Weinard says there are many positive things about the sale of the nursing home .

94.1 FM, WGFA

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$2 million bond remains in place for foster mother's murder case

A Ford County judge rejected a request Thursday to reduce the $2 million bond previously set for Heather Lamie. She's charged with two counts of murder in the 2011 death of a foster child in her care.

Four-year-old Kianna Rudisell died in May of 2011. The girl had suffered seizure-like symptoms, according to reports, when medical personnel were called to Lamie's home in Cullom. Later, it was determined the girl died of multiple injuries that were ruled "not self-inflicted."
In Livingston County Court, Judge Stephen Pacey refused to lower Lamie's bond to $100,000.

Livingston County State's Attorney Seth Uphoff argued the 29-year-old Lamie was a flight risk because — if convicted of the murder of the 4-year-old, she faces life in prison. Lamie is also charged with endangering the life and health of a child. That's a felony that carries a possibility of two to 10 years in prison upon conviction.

Heather Lamie was arrested June 21 after a Livingston County grand jury indicted her on murder charges.
Lamie and her husband, Joshua, have two biological children who were taken into DCFS custody after the May 2011 incident. The children have since been allowed to return to home with their parents.

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Grundy County Board chairman seeks 75th District House seat

Grundy County Board chairman Ron Severson has decided to seek appointment to state Representative Pam Roth's 75th District seat in the Illinois House. Roth anounced this last month her resignation due to her husband's job transfer to Texas. She will vacate her seat by the end of the summer.

Severson was born and raised in Kendall County near Minooka, where his family had a cattle ranch. He has lived in Grundy County for 22 years and has served on its county board for 11 years.

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Man charged for beating death at veterans home

Kenneth Laura was formally charged last week with aggravated battery and involuntary manslaughter for the beating death of one of his fellow residents at the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno.

But the 65-year-old will not be arraigned to enter a plea until a psychological report is filed with the court.

The court is in the process of determining if Laura is fit to stand trial.

94.1 FM, WGFA