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Update: Severe thunderstorm watch issued for the area

UPDATED 11:40 p.m. Wednesday

The National Weather Service has canceled a severe thunderstorm warning for southern Champaign County, eastern Douglas County, northern Edgar County and southern Vermilion County and another one for northeastern Champaign County.

Piatt County election results April 9, 2013

Results from contested races in Piatt County:

√ indicates apparent winner.

Atwood-Hammond merges with Arthur school district

ATWOOD — Residents of two school districts have voted to be combined into a single district.

Voters in the Atwood-Hammond school district voted 456 to 327 on Tuesday to be annexed to the Arthur school district, while voters in the Arthur school district voted 967 to 242 to approve the annexation.

Winter storm watch issued for East Central Illinois

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for all of East Central Illinois except Ford and Iroquois counties from late Saturday through Monday morning.

Ford and Iroquois counties are under a separate winter storm watch from Sunday morning through Monday morning.

Snow accumulation of five to eight inches and wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour are expected.

Woman dies in Piatt County crash

La PLACE — One woman died and a second was injured as a result of a two-vehicle collision in southwestern Piatt County Thursday morning.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Jorden Austin, 20, died at 5:13 p.m. Thursday in the intensive care unit at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Piatt voters will have advisory say on rural lot size

MONTICELLO — Should Piatt County reduce the 20-acre minimum required for home-building on agricultural land? Voters will get a chance to chime in on this issue through an April 9 advisory referendum. The question was placed on the ballot by the Piatt County Board.

Interest in rifle raffle spreads from Alaska to Florida

ATWOOD — Officially, the raffle of a semiautomatic rifle to benefit youth baseball in the Atwood-Hammond area hasn't even begun.

Unofficially, it's already raised a couple thousand dollars.

Two weather advisories issued for East Central Illinois

    The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Ford and Iroquois Counties from 3am Tuesday morning through midnight Tuesday night.
    Light snow is expected to develop Monday night and will become more widespread toward daybreak Tuesday.

Piatt County board sells Annex

The Piatt County Board on Friday sold its former annex building to a local businessman.

The 14,000-square-foot annex, empty since county offices moved to the former Kirby Hospital site a year ago, was sold for $70,000 to Chris Dick of DeLand, the owner of Illini Overhead Door Co. in Monticello.

Updated: weather advisory roundup

Updated 3:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued several advisories in advance of the winter weather that is forecast for Thursday afternoon and Friday.

Macon County is under a winter storm warning until 6 a.m. Friday.  Three to five inches of snow and one tenth of an inch of ice is forecast for this area.