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Boy shot in July 4 parade massacre returns home to family

CHICAGO (AP) — An 8-year-old suburban Chicago boy is back home after more than two months of treatment for severe injuries he sustained during the Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, his family said Thursday. Cooper Roberts was taken to Highland Park Hospital, where he underwent a life-saving surgery, then spent in-patient…

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South Fork Schools financially solid

KINCAID — The South Fork Board of Education met after at Budget hearing and a 5% Administrator Cost Increase hearing held directly before the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the district Media Center. District CPA Adam Mathias of LMHN in Taylorville was present at the meeting to present the annual audit to the Board.…

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Montana defies order on transgender birth certificates

MATTHEW BROWN and AMY BETH HANSON Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Just hours after a Montana judge blocked health officials from enforcing a state rule that would prevent transgender people from changing the gender on their birth certificate, the Republican-run state on Thursday said it would defy the order. District Court Judge Michael Moses…

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The Excellence in Education Grants for Teachers Program awards $36,500 in grant money

TAYLORVILLE — The Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation (IRTAF) awards $36,500 in grant money to several public school educators (Pre-K through 12) statewide. IRTAF is affiliated with the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, a lobbying group for retired educators, with a current membership of over 40,000. Two local educator received grant money. Pamela DeWerff, Taylorville Jr…

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Are farmland values near a plateau?

DANIEL GRANT FarmWeek  Farmland values continued to climb the first half of 2022 in Illinois, according to the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ISPFMRA). But ISPFMRA members are split in their opinions on whether the market is near a plateau or will continue to rise into 2023, based on the group’s…

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Loan or lease? Farm equipment market remains tight

DANIEL GRANT FarmWeek Tightening farm margins haven’t slowed many farmers from purchasing new equipment heading into harvest. The big question remains availability of products as tight supplies continue to expand wait times for new equipment and maintain pressure on the used market. “The amount of equipment pre-sold before it’s even built is more than I’ve…

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Extension offering forestry, natural resource programs

TAYLORVILLE — The University of Illinois Extension forestry specialists are offering two forestry and natural resource programs in October. – Oct. 13, Burning basis: an introduction to prescribed fire, 1 p.m. webinar. Webinar participants will gain overview of prescribed fire, including reasons to burn, burn plans, preparations, weather considerations, permits, training options, tools, risks, hazards…

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Hayride safety a priority for agritourism, specialty farms

KAY SHIPMAN FarmWeek  Safety should be a top priority for specialty farms and agritourism businesses that transport customers and visitors on wagons or trailers, according to Hugh McPherson, a specialty grower and agritourism operator from Pennsylvania. “You might think, ‘I’m not big enough (of an operation) to have a hayride problem,’ or ‘I’m the only…

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Profit Watch: Another expensive crop

DELOSS JAHNKE FarmWeek Farmers are getting ready to harvest the most expensive crop they’ve ever planted. Most, if not all, inputs were more expensive, from fertilizer to fungicide to fuel. Thankfully, farmers have solid commodity prices as we head to harvest, with fall cash corn bids better than $6 per bushel, and soybean bids still…

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Taylorville FFA Section Officer Attends STAR Conference

MATTOON — Abby Norris, Taylorville FFA member and Section 16 Vice President, attended the annual S.T.A.R (Section Team’s Activities and Responsibilities) Conference along with her fellow Section 16 officers and all section officers from District 4. The conference was held in Mattoon, IL, at Lake Land College on August 30th, 2022. This Conference is an…

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