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State reports first-year hemp production totals

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois farmers produced 2.3 million pounds of industrial hemp in the first year of legal cultivation in decades, state officials said.The Illinois Department of Agriculture began issuing hemp-production permits last spring after production was legalized. Of 651 ...Read more

Scholarship established to honor Streator soldier

OGLESBY – A scholarship has been established to memorialize a soldier from Streator who fought bravely in the Middle East only to succumb to war-related injury and illness six years after returning home.   The Tyler Derossett Memorial Veterans Award has been created by his former wife ...Read more

Music instructor at IVCC nominated for state award

  OGLESBY – A part-time music appreciation instructor at Illinois Valley Community College has been nominated for a state award.    Jennifer Mills of Princeton, Director of Bands at Aurora University and a 15-year member of IVCC’s Wind Ensemble, has been nominated by IVCC for the ...Read more