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The first Honor Flight for women veterans will be in October.

DANVILLE – School districts around Vermilion County are seeking public support once again for a 1 percent countywide increase in the sales tax rate, two years after the same measure was voted down.

Ten months to go before the presidential election. According to his devotees, only one candidate’s opinion is right; if any opponent can be abused, discounted, shamed, interrupted or ridiculed in some snarky made-for-TV way, victory!

Good Sunday morning, everyone! How do you feel about the new Illinois law legalizing marijuana? There are pros and cons to it, as there are to any topic, and everyone has his or her own opinion.

Anyone who has not started tracing a family’s history does not realize the fun, excitement and pure joy that can be enjoyed with this challenging project. As one who began searching because of the encouragement of a dear lady, Bertha Kamm, more than 40 years ago, I could never have imagined …

SPRINGFIELD – Tens of thousands of Illinoisans who have had their driver’s license suspended or revoked for having too many unpaid parking tickets or fines for other non-moving violations will soon get their driving privileges reinstated.

HOOPESTON — The Lorraine Theatre Guild will present “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, and Saturday, Jan. 25, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, in the Lorraine Theatre, 324 E. Main St.

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DANVILLE — If you ask a passerby to pick out a veteran in a crowd, most people would point to a man in a cap. Most people don’t think to point to a woman, who could be a grandmother, mother or daughter — but still, someone who has served.

DANVILLE – Danville City Council members on Tuesday will consider approving the city’s fiscal year 2020-2021 budget that will run from May 1, 2020, to April 30, 2021.

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DANVILLE – An event planned by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois—Vermilion County next week will celebrate National Mentoring Month as well as kick off the program’s most important fundraiser of the year: Bowl for Kids’ Sake.

DANVILLE – Vermilion County Board members this week named its meeting chambers to honor a longtime former county board member who passed away five years ago.

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SPRINGFIELD – The state’s climatologist is predicting Illinois farmers are likely to endure wet weather while they try to plant cash crops this spring after suffering major losses as a result of a record-wet planting season last year.

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DANVILLE – Retired Danville District 118 Superintendent David Fields was honored for his service and dedication to education Wednesday during a grand opening of the district’s administrative center that was named for him.

DANVILLE – A record number of archers from Illinois and Indiana are expected to participate in Danville High School’s sixth annual archery competition, the Ullr Classic, this Saturday in the DHS Field House.

DANVILLE — Members of the Danville District 118 school board on Wednesday approved several new courses to be offered at Danville High School starting next school year.

DANVILLE — A propane tank at a homeless encampment resulted in a fire in an unlikely place and an arrest of a man who admitted to living there.

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DANVILLE – As the framework for the walls of a large shed was being constructed, Danville High School woodworking teacher John Greenhalgh realized there was a problem.

DANVILLE — The Danville Police Department recently conducted extra speed patrols in specific areas due to citizen complaints and concerns.

SPRINGFIELD – The state’s agriculture director resigned last weekend at the request of Gov. J.B. Pritzker for failing to disclose contents of a 2012 email that pointed to the possible cover-up of a “rape in Champaign” and government “ghost workers,” the governor’s office said Monday.

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SPRINGFIELD – New rules governing how retail gun dealers do business go into effect Friday and include the types of records they must keep, how weapons and ammunition are to be stored and the kinds of video surveillance and security systems they must maintain.

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DANVILLE – It is the hope of longtime Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee Chairwoman Mary Thompson that more young people get involved with the committee and its annual activities.

DANVILLE – Estimated expenses related to the Northwest sanitary sewer project to be included in a loan request have increased by almost $3 million.

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DANVILLE – There were no injuries in a weekend apartment building fire that displaced residents. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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DANVILLE — Every time Bethany Hager and Linda Darby-Dowers walk into the new home of Women’s Care Clinic, they pinch themselves to make sure it’s not a dream.

SPRINGFIELD — Production of Illinois’ two most valuable crops fell by roughly one-fifth last year, according to final crop yield numbers released Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The ledger lodgers signed for J. C. Pierce at his Pierce Hotel in Ridge Farm was a mammoth book. A foot wide and 19 inches in length, it provided ample space for signatures of people paying the $2 per night fee. The first entry in the book was made by J. C. Curtis of Tuscola on July 1, 1898.

I have a confession to make. I’ve never liked asking for help. As a kid, I constantly heard the phrase, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” So I often thought explaining a task to someone else would be a waste of time because I could get it done faster if I just did it myself.

Good Sunday morning, everyone! In the last six months, I have known three men who had a heart attack in a public place.

Genealogical researcher, Karen Zach, has been doing genealogy for more than 50 years and as administrator of the Indiana Genealogy Facebook Page she notes that Facebook is a fairly new tool but offers “a whole new aspect of the genealogical world.”

ALLEN, Ella Mae, 85, of Rossville. Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Anderson Funeral Home, Hoopeston. Service: 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the funeral home.

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DANVILLE – The namesake of Danville District 118’s administrative service center will be on hand when the building is officially dedicated next week.

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Dixie Myers Hackler, 80, of St. Joseph, passed away at 2:18 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at her home with tears of sadness and joy. Dixie was born July 29, 1939, in Danville, the daughter of Hubert and Pearl (Place) Myers. She grew up outside of Catlin, and graduated from Georgetown High Sch…

Richard Phillip "Dick" Layden, 89, of Hoopeston, Ill., passed away at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston. He was born on the 11th of March, 1930, in Danville, Ill., the son of Edward and Cornelia (Fitzgerald) Layden. He married Cath…