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Be careful around cornfield corners

CORNFIELD, USA— With corn stalks high and the fall harvest on the horizon, experts say motorists should exercise extra caution when driving in rural areas.

Not all township roads are marked with stop signs. But even having some marked doesn’t always help, according to Tolono Township Road Commissioner Brad Clemmons.


Farmer City Council hears from Heritage Days Committee

FARMER CITY — Heritage Days organizer Erin McKinley informed the council of the committee’s intent to part ways with the city Monday night. 


Election packets available for pick-up

The office of Vicki Moreland, Local Election Official in and for the City of LeRoy will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Dec. 12, 2016 through December 16, 2016 and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec.


LeRoy RIGHT Start receives "Gold Circle of Quality" designation

“LeRoy RIGHT Start Preschool for All” ​received the GOLD Circle of Quality​ designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s quality rating and improvement system. ExceleRate Illinois helps families make more informed choices about their children’s early learning. 


Sen. Rose makes stop in Downs, talks budget, more

DOWNS – State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) made his most recent stop in an ongoing tour of his district at Tri-Valley Middle School Tuesday evening. 

Rose gave a similar presentation to one he made at Blue Ridge High School last month, extolling the necessity of pro-business reforms in the state of Illinois. 


Tri-Valley budget in the black for the fiscal year

By Patti Welander

DOWNS — The Tri-Valley School Board approved the district’s 2016-2017 budget for the fiscal year which began July 1.

The budget includes a $175,464 surplus in operating funds, including a $87,000 surplus in operations and maintenance and a $16,674 surplus in the education fund.


Tri-Valley Board meets at new media center

DOWNS - The Tri-Valley School Board‘s meeting Monday evening in the newly remodeled high school media center showcased the collaborative nature of the improved space.

“It’s something that everyone is excited about,” Tri-Valley High School Principal Ben Derges told the board.


Farmer City debates hiring new officers before, after audit

FARMER CITY — At Monday’s regular meeting, Councilman Scott Kelley said an officer shortage at Farmer City Police Department is “causing a lot of overtime.” 

He said a school resource officer was willing to put in hours on patrol, but half of her salary is paid by the school. 


Farmer City Council hears audit details

FARMER CITY — Ben Smith of Striegel and Knobloch presented the city’s annual audit at the council meeting Monday night. The audit was summarized, but not approved at the meeting, as approval is scheduled for the city’s next council meeting. 

The auditor did not mention returned Tax Increment Financing dollars  amounting to more than $14,000. 


LeRoy Council discusses junk car, nuisance ordinances

LeROY — The city council discussed garbage removal services and private property maintenance ordinances at Monday’s regular meeting. 

The board did not approve anything, outside of meeting minutes and the standard bills to pay despite discussion of the other matters. 


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