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PAXTON — The Ford County Soil & Water Conservation District’s spring 2014 tree, plant and fish sales are nearing.
The tree and plant sale will include evergreens, hardwoods, shrubs, grasses, perennials and fruit trees, with orders due April 2. The fish sale will include catfish, sunfish, largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, hybrid redear, minnows and carp, with orders due March 21.
LODA — The Loda Township Library has acquired the following new books:
RURAL OAKWOOD — Middle Fork River advocates are urging Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to “do the right thing” and direct Dynegy to relocate three coal ash ponds at the old Vermilion Power Station north of Oakwood.
DANVILLE — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, is accepting entries for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition.
The contest is open to high school students in the 15th Congressional District. Entries are due April 17.
“The winning artwork from my district gets to hang in Washington, D.C., for nearly a year,” Shimkus said. “Thousands of staff and visitors will see the piece.”
WATSEKA — Iroquois County Treasurer Mindy Kuntz Hagan said mobile home privilege tax bills were mailed March 3.
The payment due date is Tuesday, May 6. Payments not received or postmarked by May 6 will be charged a late fee of $25 per month, up to $100.
DECATUR — More than 100 seventh- and eighth-grade 4-H club members, including several from Iroquois County, learned ways to sharpen their leadership skills at the 2014 Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference on Feb. 7-8 at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel in Decatur.
PAXTON — Students in fourth through sixth grades in Ford County are being invited to participate in a poster contest sponsored by the Ford County Soil & Water Conservation District.
DECATUR — The following area residents were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester at Millikin University in Decatur: Richard Trask of Cissna Park, a sophomore majoring in commercial music; Nicole Johnson of Gilman, a senior majoring in English writing; Kayla Samuelson of Onarga, a senior majoring in history; Shay Davis of Paxton, a freshman majoring in theater; and Allyson Edwards
BUCKLEY — Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley is accepting enrollment applications for the 2014-15 school year.
Applications may be picked up at the school at 201 W. Lincoln St. or downloaded from www.christlutheranbuckley.com.
A non-refundable fee is required with the return of the application.
GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Hospital Long-Term Care Annex has been named among the nation’s best nursing homes by U.S. News & World Report.