(Rural Ford County-jm) -- Illinois State Police have released the names of two people killed in an accident between Elliott and Paxton Thursday. State police say 21-year-old Kelsey Bridgwater of Saybrook was traveling eastbound on Route 9 at 1300 E. when she lost control and struck a semi head-on. A passenger in Bridgwater’s car, 24-year-old Charly Jesse of Jacksonville, Florida was also pronounced deceased at the scene. Police say the highway was closed for five hours while they investigated the accident.


(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Sheriff’s office has released December activity numbers. Deputies responded to 13 traffic accidents and issued 45 traffic citations including 32 for speeding, 3 each for driving uninsured and disobeying a stop sign, 2 each for failure to reduce speed and failure to wear a seatbelt and 1 each for driving on a suspended license and driving on an expired license. Deputies also handled 11 domestic disputes, 9 civil complaints, 5 suspicious vehicles, 4 each of suspicious activity, thefts and animal complaints. 2 each of harassment and court order violation and 1 each of property standby, railroad complaint and missing person.



(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul’s new village administrator has been officially on the job for about a little over a month. Rick Snider was formally announced as the village’s choice to succeed Jeff Fiegenschuh back in October, however he didn’t officially take office until December 1st. Snider previously served as the Champaign County Administrator prior to coming to Rantoul. He talks about why he decided to come to the village…



Rantoul Village Administrator Rick Snider.



(Urbana-jm) -- Champaign County officially has a new auditor and treasurer. Diane Michaels and John Farney were both sworn into their new positions this week. Michaels takes over for the county auditor position following the resignation of Farney to take the county treasurer's position following the retirement of Dan Welch. Both will face opposition in the November election. Farney will face off against former Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing while Michaels will face off against George Danos.


(Washington-jm) -- An ag economy barometer complements USDA statistics by gauging what ag producers across the country are feeling. Stephanie Ho reports…




(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is releasing the names of area high school students named 2018-2019 state scholars. Today we hi-lite the students from Rantoul Township High School and Armstrong Potomac High School.  For RTHS, Johnathan Frerichs, Ying Xim Guo, Jared Motley, Christopher Swiney, Jaeden Washington and Kaylie Wilson. For Armstrong Potomac, Hollianne Logue, Kyle Reitmeier and Dalacie Singh.



(Springfield-jm) -- Last year was one for the record books according to the state’s climatologist. The statewide average temperature last year was 54 point three degrees, which is two degrees above normal. That makes 2017 the sixth warmest year on record in Illinois. State Climatologist Jim Angel says precipitation was two inches below normal for the year…



State Climatologist Jim Angel. Angel says the latest outlooks calls for the current cold temperatures to continue.


(Champaign-jm) -- The University of Illinois Extension Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties will hold master gardener training in January. Training starts January 23rd in Onarga, January 24th in Champaign and January 29th in Danville. Cost is $200 for the ten week program. For more information contact your local extension office. In Ford or Iroquois Counties, call 815-268-4051. In Champaign County call 217-333-7672 and in Vermilion County call 217-442-8615.


(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul City Schools District leaders continue discussions on what to do with the shuttered Myna Thompson building. Discussions have included the possibility of tearing the building down. Superintendent Michelle Ramage says they have also discussed trying to sell the building…

Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage.


(Paxton-jm) -- This week’s Scott Tips for Success has to do with the different types of salt for your sidewalks and driveways. Scott Allen with Paxton Hardware and Rental talks about the many different types of salt available…

Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen. You can hear Scott’s Tips for Success Saturday mornings at 7:30.


(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City leaders have approved a $5,000 facade grant for a company in the community. MCS Office Technologies requested the grant to do new landscaping and signage for the property over in the Jordan Industrial Park. The company is doing work to add office space and increased technology capacity.


(Springfield-jm) -- The state is helping communities upgrade their street lights to energy saving L-E-D’s. Replacing old bulbs with L-E-D’s is a big money saver, and a new master contract lets local officials take advantage of the state’s purchasing power. Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology Acting Secretary Kirk Lonbom says they will be reaching out to local officials…

Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology Acting Secretary Kirk Lonbom. Lonbom says the state is looking to set up more contracts to help communities make technology upgrades.


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