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HONOR FLIGHT -- providing honor & closure for veterans

American Legion Post #23 in Watseka brought area military veterans a little closer together (Friday) – for Veterans Day 2016.

The Legion Post had members assembled – for an annual event – to remember and honor the people who gave us our freedom.

But on this Veterans Day, as America steps up to unify and heal from a bitter political campaign, and a new President-Elect waits in the wing, veterans hear from a non-veteran, but aa American nonetheless who can appreciate what the veterans mean to all of us.

Connie Scott of Champaign told the local group of her experiences as a volunteer escort onboard HONOR FLIGHT –a non-profit organization dedicated to providing veterans with honor and closure.......

“I would tell anyone, go for....if you want to serve as an escort. It’ll change you, it really will,.” Scott told 94.1 WGFA News.

Ms. Scott shared her experiences and what she saw many veterans experience in making that trip to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials that honor all veterans, from all branches of the military........

“It’s so difficult to explain the emotions you go thru; to hear the veterans share stories and experiences; it’s so interesting to hear them,” Scott said. “And to see the emotional looks on their faces, the tears – it’s beyond rewarding, it’s a life-changer.”

Florida State representative Jeff Miller calls the nation’s memorial breathtaking --- it’s made us all free and we owe the veterans.

And it’s the veterans who should earn the right to board HONOR FLIGHT and experience what deserve to see, for their own honor and closure.

The sounds of Veterans Day are the moving experience all American should listen to and appreciate ----

94.1 WGFA

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Gibson City grain dealer's license revoked by Department of Agriculture

The Illinois Department of Agriculture revoked the license of a financially troubled Ford County grain dealer.
Wednesday’s action resulted in the license of SGI Agri-Marketing LLC, a specialty grain dealer in Gibson City, being revoked following an administrative hearing.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture discovered deficiencies in the company’s financial statements.
The company has been ordered to stop doing any further business.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has assumed control of the company, including its grain assets, and will begin the process of compensating claimants per the Illinois Grain Code. Anyone who has sold grain to the company and has not paid in full should contact the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Warehouses to file a claim.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will hold an informational meeting to explain the liquidation and claims processes at 1 pm. Wednesday, November 16, at SGI Agri-Marketing LC in Gibson City. The meeting is open to anyone with a financial interest in the company, including farmers who may be potential claimants.

94.1 WGFA

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Veterans honored today; say ‘Thank You’ to a veteran

Today’s that special day to make sure we all say ‘Thank You’ to a veteran. Veterans Day 2016 finds several area programs being held by American Legions and other military agencies.

Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz, on behalf of all the men and women of the State Police, is saying thanks to veterans for their service to our country. The ISP encourages citizens of Illinois to show support this Veterans Day by attending Veterans Day events.

American Legion Post #23 will conduct a service at the Legion Home in Legion Park. It begins at 11 am.

Connie Scott will talk about her experiences in assisting veterans on the Honor Flight to view veterans memorials in Washington, D.C.

In Kankakee --- Local veteran Roger Bean is the guest speaker at a program at Governor Small State Park. The program begins at 10:15 am

Danville’s WWII Memorial is the site for a 10:30 program this morning.

The Village of Oakwood is dedicating two new markers to its war memorial to show appreciation to Veterans. The program begins at 10 am

The public is welcome at all the events.

94.1 WGFA

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Cissna Park man identified as crash victim

A 54-year-old Cissna Park man was killed when his farm tractor collided with a large truck Wednesday in Iroquois County.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson identified Mark S. Schmid. He was pronounced dead just after 4 pm at Carle Hoopeston Regional Hospital.

The other driver was 50-year-old Darrin Kregel of Crescent City. He was air-lifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana. Kregel was listed in stable condition.

The collision happened at the intersection of 300 North and 1300 East in rural Cissna Park. Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police reported Schmid was operating an Ag-Chem sprayer northbound on 1300E. Kregel was westbound on 330N driving a truck when they collided in the intersection.

The crash is under investigation. An autopsy was scheduled.

94.1 WGFA

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Iroquois County: Youth pheasant hunt Saturday

Illinois youth ages 10 to 17 can take advantage of free pheasant hunt opportunities. The Department of Natural Resources extends an invite for the youth to attend several hunting venues at state facilities. The sites include Iroquois, Ford and Will counties.

The Iroquois County State Wildlife Area, near Beaverville, the Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area, north of Wilmington; and Moraine View State Park, west of Gibson City all host the hunts which begin Saturday, November 12.

Additional opportunities are offered November 27 and December 31 at each of the sites.

Applications are available online at dnr.state.il.us. Check-in times begin at 7 am.

Each young participant must be accompanied by a non-hunting supervisory adult. And each hunter must have completed the DNR hunter education course in order to obtain a license.

94.1 WGFA