(Washington-jm) -- Corn is making good progress toward maturity, but the numbers are still behind the crop's five year averages. Stephanie Ho reports…



Soybeans are dropping leaves surpassing the five year average. Currently they are at 80 percent with the five year average of 78 percent. 22 percent of the soybean crop has been harvested. 60 percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition 12 percent is rated very poor to poor.



(Ford County-jm) -- Ford County Sheriff’s deputies handled 6 civil matters and issued 19 traffic citations during the past week. On September 24th, a deputy assisted Ford County Highway Department with a tree down at 1050 E 800 N. On September 28th, a Sibley resident reported his tires on his trailer were slashed. On September 29th, a semi was reported stuck at the intersection of Route 9 and 700 E.



(Paxton-jm) -- There are some development projects in Paxton’s Tax Increment Financing District. Mayor Bill Ingold talks about the latest with those projects…



Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.


(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is urging families to get the Free Application for Federal Student Aid filled out as soon as they can. The FAFSA helps determine if a student is eligible for financial aid, and is now available for the 2018-2019 school year. I-SAC Spokesperson Lynne Baker says it’s a good idea to get to work on that form right away…



Illinois Student Assistance Commission Spokesperson Lynne Baker. Filling out the FAFSA can be daunting, but help is available. Visit: isac dot org for information about workshops, facebook live events and other assistance.



(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton Hardware and Rental is our Business of the Day today. Owner Scott Allen talks about some of their bargains of the month…



Paxton Hardware and Rental Owner Scott Allen.


(Springfield-jm) -- A horticulture expert at the University of Illinois Extension is offering some tips for planting fall mums in your garden. You don’t have to limit your fall mum purchases to containers. The Extension’s Kari Houle (kar-e hool) says if you play your cards right, you can plant them and get them to last through the winter…

University of Illinois Extensions Kari Houle. After they have gone dormant later this fall, Houle says you shouldn’t cut them back since they need the extra layer of protection. Another option is planting mums in the spring when they have more time to establish a root system.


(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College’s Career and Technical Education program will hold an open house October 20th from 8:45 to 12:50. The open house is open to high school juniors and seniors. For more information or to register by the October 5th deadline, visit parkland dot edu slash cte open house.


(Paxton-jm) -- An area non-profit will hold a car show to help raise money. Dale Puls and Just An Angel will hold their Halloween car show at Pells Park on October 21st…

Just An Angel Organizer Dale Puls.

(Iroquois County-jm) -- A Piper City man has been arrested on an Iroquois County warrant. According to Iroquois County Sheriff’s police, 29-year-old James Martinez was arrested on an Iroquois County warrant for possession of a controlled substance. He was taken to the Iroquois County Jail.



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