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PBL school voters will see tax increase referendum in November

The PBL school board has approved a resolution to place a referendum question on the November ballot. Voters will be asked to support a property tax increase over the next 25 years to fund the demolition of the district’s oldest school, PBL Eastlawn School.

It also includes construction of an addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School to house Eastlawn’s third- through fifth-graders.

The Paxton Record reports the project carries a price-tag of $31,428,620 — and includes renovation work to Clara Peterson Elementary School, to allow for “21st Century learning” environments.

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Onarga Academy hosts Health Fair

It’s your ‘Passport to Health.’ And it’s happening today (Thursday) in Onarga.

The Onarga Academy welcomes the public to its Health & Wellness Expo from 3-7 pm.

Human Resource (HR) Manager Sherry Ritchie says it’s about managing everyday headaches and learning to cope.

The Health & Wellness Fair is about stress reduction, smoking cessation, and so much more to make the everyday chores more manageable.

The Fair is open to the public to create a more-family atmosphere.

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Tornadoes confirmed in Indiana

The National Weather Service has confirmed seven tornadoes struck central Indiana this week. The finding came (Wed) after assessment teams reviewed reports of funnel cloud sightings in Benton County, near Fowler and Oxford.

The NWS says the strongest of the twisters Monday was rated EF2, with winds of 111-135 mph, and struck 2½ miles southeast of Whitestown in Boone County.

Three tornadoes were rated EF1 with winds of 86-110 mph. Two struck in Hendricks County and a third was near Sheridan in Hamilton County.

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Funnel clouds reported in Benton County

The National Weather Service is following up on reports of funnel cloud sightings in parts of west-central Indiana. The last couple of days, listeners have reported seeing funnels near Indianapolis and now in Benton County too.

Citizens have spotted funnel clouds near Oxford and Fowler in Benton County Tuesday evening.

The NWS didn not issue any warnings, but local emergency management officials said they sounded sirens because of rotation in the clouds.

Emergency management officials will send information about the funnel clouds to the National Weather Service for further study.

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Kankakee moves forward on residential apartment complex

A new downtown Kankakee apartment complex could be ready to occupy in 2017.

A 35-unit apartment project, at East Avenue and Station Street, has been on the drawing board for several months. The Kankakee City Council (Monday) approved the use of $1.5 million in Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) for the residential development.

The apartments would be one or two-bedroom, with hardwood floors and in-house washer/dryers, and covered, secure parking. The rent would range from $700 to $1250 per month. Groundbreaking is likely by late December.

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