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Vermilion Advantage Announces Details of October 17 Tour of Industries

For only the third time, major companies in Vermilion County Illinois are opening their doors for a special one day, behind-the-scenes look. The Vermilion County Tour of Industries, hosted by Vermilion Advantage, will be held from 10-3 PM (CST) on Saturday October 17. Tour participants may register to win prizes, learn about the companies and receive information about immediate job openings. First tours begin at 10 AM, last tours begin at 2:30 CST.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Hoopeston Police Blotter 10/5/15

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Weekend Hoopeston Police Blotter

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Local Obituaries

Michael “Wheels” Wielert, 56 Watseka

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Rankin to raise monthly debt-service fee by $6.80

According to the Paxton Record, Starting in November, all Rankin residents might be charged a minimum of $60 on their monthly bills covering water and sewer service and garbage pickup.

The village board agreed Thursday to hold a public hearing at 5:50 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Rankin Public Library, 121 S. Main St., regarding a proposed $6.80 increase in the debt-service charge listed on each monthly bill. The board plans to vote on the fee increase at its regular meeting immediately following the hearing.

The board discussed whether to make the $6.80 fee increase permanent, or instead add a temporary $6.80 increase onto the existing $8.50 debt-service charge. Board members decided that temporarily increasing the debt-service fee would be a better option, since the increase would be eliminated as soon as the village pays off a 15-year loan it obtained for the restoration of the town’s water tower this fall.

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Sheldon Township settles lawsuit against owner of wind farm

According to the Paxton Record, Sheldon Township in Iroquois County has settled its lawsuit against the owner of the Settlers Trail Wind Farm.

Township Highway Commissioner James Yana filed the one-count lawsuit in July 2013 in Iroquois County Circuit Court against E.On Climate & Renewables North America LLC, doing business as Settlers Trail Wind Farm LLC. The suit had sought more than $1.8 million in damages, alleging that the company failed to adequately restore township roads used to build the 94-turbine wind farm in 2011.

The lawsuit claimed that the road-restoration work, which was required to be done by E.On as part of a “road upgrade and maintenance agreement,” remained “deficient over an approximately five-mile radius.” The agreement required E.On to repair all roads damaged during construction to their “preconstruction condition” or better, and the $1.8 million sought by the township reflected the cost for having the work done by a “third party.”

Associate Judge Ronald J. Gerts entered an order on Aug. 6 dismissing the suit with prejudice. Earlier, attorneys representing the township and company filed an “agreed motion for voluntary dismissal,” with both parties agreeing to pay their own costs and attorney fees.

“The parties have resolved all issues pending with this court,” the motion stated.

Yana said this week that the out-of-court settlement resulted from a payment made by the company to the township — the amount of which Yana declined to disclose — and the company agreeing to repair 4 1/2 miles of township road.

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Sheldon Township settles lawsuit against owner of wind farm

According to the Paxton Record, Sheldon Township in Iroquois County has settled its lawsuit against the owner of the Settlers Trail Wind Farm.

Township Highway Commissioner James Yana filed the one-count lawsuit in July 2013 in Iroquois County Circuit Court against E.On Climate & Renewables North America LLC, doing business as Settlers Trail Wind Farm LLC. The suit had sought more than $1.8 million in damages, alleging that the company failed to adequately restore township roads used to build the 94-turbine wind farm in 2011.

The lawsuit claimed that the road-restoration work, which was required to be done by E.On as part of a “road upgrade and maintenance agreement,” remained “deficient over an approximately five-mile radius.” The agreement required E.On to repair all roads damaged during construction to their “preconstruction condition” or better, and the $1.8 million sought by the township reflected the cost for having the work done by a “third party.”

Associate Judge Ronald J. Gerts entered an order on Aug. 6 dismissing the suit with prejudice. Earlier, attorneys representing the township and company filed an “agreed motion for voluntary dismissal,” with both parties agreeing to pay their own costs and attorney fees.

“The parties have resolved all issues pending with this court,” the motion stated.

Yana said this week that the out-of-court settlement resulted from a payment made by the company to the township — the amount of which Yana declined to disclose — and the company agreeing to repair 4 1/2 miles of township road.

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Festival of Trees tickets on sale

According to the Commercial News,  With the holiday season edging closer, people are starting to think about special events — the 2015 Festival of Trees especially Presence United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation’s 2015 Festival of Trees.
With the theme “Miracles on Main Street,” the festival will be held Nov. 14-18 at the David S. Palmer Arena.
Special event tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the arena. Tickets may be purchased in person at the box office, online at www.presencehealth.org/festivaloftrees or by phone at (877) 77C-LICK (2-5425). Ticket prices vary for each special event.
Favorite special events returning from last year include the Children’s Holiday Breakfast on Nov. 14, the Ladies’ Luncheon on Nov. 18, the Princess Tea Party on Nov. 14, the Pirate’s Adventure Lunch on Nov. 15 and the Crystal Ball on Nov. 17. New this year is the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Family Pajama Party on Nov. 14.
Other events are the Polar Express and walk through the North Pole, Nov. 16; family bingo night, Nov. 16; Vintage Roadshow, Nov. 17; and Adults Only Bingo on Nov. 17.
The festival will feature more than 100 decorated trees and 12 special events. The festival also partners with Downtown Danville for the Nights of Lights parade on Nov. 14.

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North Vermilion liquor store to move to new site early next year

According to the Commercial News, A new commercial building that will house Vermilion Liquors North and a smaller space to be leased should be ready to be occupied after the first of the year.
Construction is now moving along on Vermilion Liquor North’s move after a delay with the city regarding storm water issues.

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Friday, October 2, 2015

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