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Nearly a decade after Indiana-based Sunrise Coal first began exploring the possibility of a new mine in Vermilion County, the Bulldog Mine is closer than ever to becoming a reality on 390 acres of farmland southeast of Homer.

Horizon Health will host “Health 360,” a free adult wellness fair, on April 27, from 9 am - noon in the Paris Clinic. The event will feature health screenings, seminars by healthcare professionals, live “Stay Strong, Live Long” exercise programs, and vendor displays.

The Danville Horseshoe Club will be taking summer league signups at the Douglas Park Shelter on April 20th and April 27th from noon to 3pm on both days.

The following are the winners of the Easter Coloring Contest that was put in the April 3 edition of the Independent News.

The April Danville Chrsitian Women’s Connection Luncheon will take place April 24 at the Danville Boat Club. Lunch will take place from 12-2 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m.

The Danville Area Community College Ag Club, with the support of area agricultural organizations, businesses and individuals, takes this opportunity to announce Ag Day 2019.  

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DLO Musical Theatre and Full-Fill Industries will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Next to Normal, April 26-28, at the Village Mall in Danville. Evening performances will be April 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance on April 28, at 2:00 p.m.

The Vermilion County Conservation District will host the Stevens family, who re-enact life in the 18th century for the first time this year on April 20 – 21.

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Dynegy’s legal battles over coal ash at its former power station along the Middle Fork River continue piling up, as two environmental groups have joined hands to file another lawsuit, at the state level this time, alleging the company is polluting Illinois’ only Wild and Scenic River.

The Town & Country Amateur Art Show will be held April 13 through April 27 at the Danville Art League at 320 Franklin St., Danville.

Children are invited to enter the Design a Bookmark Contest at the Westville Public Library as part of the National Library week celebration. 

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The following are the results of the local elections held on April 2, 2019.

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Come fall, Danville Area Community College students will be able to access their class schedules, information about financial aid and student services and much more on their smartphones.

Love Township will hosting their annual meeting on April 9 after the regular township meeting. The regular meeting will take place at 6 p.m. and the annual meeting is scheduled to start around 6:30 p.m.

The Eunice Society at Trinity Lutheran Church in Danville will be hosting their semi-annual rummage and bake sale in the church gymnasium on April 5 from 4-7 p.m. and on April 6 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

To celebrate National Library Week during the week of April 7-13th, the Catlin Public Library would like to invite their patrons, to stop by to enter a drawing to win a gift card to Casey’s. 

Longview Bank and Trust, along with Georgetown Ridge Farm High School, is proud to announce the Outstanding Senior recipient.  Congratulations to Rocky Alruwaily.

Not many activities are world-wide in their impact but the Annual Rummage Sale sponsored by the Covington United Methodist Women is one of those rare events.

Spring cannot come soon enough for plant lovers. A long cold winter has gardeners’ eager to spend time outside in the sun getting their hands dirty. The excitement to try new plants, plan a flower garden that will rival last year’s display while still having time to enjoy what has been plant…

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Illinois' only officially designated Wild and Scenic River could resemble a major construction zone later this year, with heavy equipment blocking the paths of canoeists, kayakers and tubers who float the Middle Fork River.

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About 11 miles west of where the NJCAA Division II men’s basketball championship played out last week, another tournament got underway at Oakwood Grade School on March 19.