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New Hoopeston Learning Center set to open

Danville Area Community College has set a September 10th date to open the new higher learning center in Hoopeston.

A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony will be held at the newly renovated Center Monday, September 9th at 11 a.m.

The building, donated to DACC by the Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center, was previously used as that organization's business office and was the first of many donations by area residents and businesses to make this location a reality. During the ceremony, a donor wall will be unveiled listing organizations and individuals who have contributed at least $500 to the DACC Hoopeston initiative.

Classes beginning September 16 will include Basic Skills, Degree Credit, CNA, Adult Education and Community Education. DACC Hoopeston is located at 847 E. Orange Street. It contains five classrooms, including one computer lab, which allows up to five classes to be run concurrently. The DACC Admissions office has more contact info.

The site is intended to serve the higher education needs of the people of Hoopeston, Milford, Rossville, Rankin, Potomac, Wellington, Goodwine, and East Lynn, as well as communities in Western Indiana. Indiana residents within the specially designated seven collar counties of Vermillion, Parke, Fountain, Warren, Tippecanoe, Benton and Montgomery receive a reduced out-of-state tuition rate.

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September month to make emergency preparations

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois officials are urging residents to make plans for disasters as Gov. Pat Quinn has declared September "Emergency Preparedness Month."

Authorities will work with other states and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to encourage individual plans for homes and businesses.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathon Monken (MUN'-kihn) says a plan should include where to go and how to communicate during disasters as well as an emergency supply kit.

IEMA relies on its Ready Illinois website during disasters. Updates are also posted on Facebook and Twitter. Information is provided about the incident, shelter locations, road closures, safety information and more.

The agency will host its annual emergency management conference Wednesday through Friday in Springfield for more than 1,000 representatives from fire, law enforcement, emergency management and public health.

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Popular War Hero honored with in Herscher; John Fulton named Labor Day parade Grand Marshall

Vietnam war hero John Fulton of Herscher will lead Herscher's Labor Day parade today as grand marshall.

Fulton is a community leader and a strong advocate for agriculture, always involved in promoting the many ag programs throughout a several county area. He's also an ag promoter for Kankakee Community College (KCC) and an active voice for the KCC Foundation.

He married his high school sweetheart, but before that, was drafted and as a combat medic in Vietnam. On May 13, 1969, he stepped on a landmine while running to assist two colleagues who were injured in an explosion just ahead of him on a jungle trail.

Comrades saved his life on what he had expected to have been his last combat patrol in the Mekong Delta. Nine new medics were to join the unit the next day.

His right leg was amputated and he spent 13 months in hospitals. He came home to marry Loretta Wood on June 20, 1970 and was medically retired from the Army in August. He was awarded the Bronze Star, with a V for valor, and the Purple Heart.

John returned to farming. He also worked for the Roper Corp. and headed a program for homeless veterans at the Illinois Veterans Home at Manteno.

Fulton credits his loving wife for allowing him the time to be involved in so many active programs in the community.

John and his wife will ride in a horse-drawn carriage during today's labor day Parade.

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Labor Day Weekend Celebrations Underway

It is time to honor those who labor in various jobs both locally, and across the nation. And in Vermilion County they will be honored in style with parades in Danville, Hoopeston and Westville...plus some big Labor Day Weekend celebrations.

In Hoopeston, the 70th National Sweetcorn Festival will have people lining up for sweetcorn, free of charge! And the Hoopeston celebration includes everything from carnival rides, a Grand Parade starting at 10:30 Saturday morning, music, demo derby, flea markets and more.

Earlier this week the volunteers who made the Westville Depot and Museum a reality were named as the Grand Marshals for Monday's Westville parade. It starts at 11:30 Monday morning following the Danville Labor Day Parade.

Part of the Hoopeston celebration this year will again involve the crowning of Miss National Sweetheart. There are 42 contestants from across the United States and Puerto Rico who will be participating in the competition. The preliminaries are being held on Friday and Saturday, with the crowning of the new Miss National Sweetheart on Sunday.

Other Labor Day celebrations are at Herscher, The Kankakee River Regatta, and the Earl Park Fall Festival in Indiana.

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Energy Assistance Appointments Begin Tuesday

The East Central Illinois Community Action Agency has announced that energy assistance is available for senior citizens and others who qualify. The Agency will take appointments for qualified households on a first-come, first-serve basis at 217-443-2705 starting on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013.

Only senior citizens and individuals with disabilities, and those whose power source has been disconnected, are eligible to apply.

Proof of income is required.

Applications will be taken until all funds are exhausted. Benefits are paid directly to the household's utility provider.

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