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Bensonfest 25 set for Saturday

BENSON - Bensonfest 25 will be Saturday at Benson Park, starting with a children's parade at 9:30 a.m. from the junior high to the park.

The kids' tractor pull will begin at 10:30 a.m. The Smoke House will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the barrel train will offer rides from noon to 4 p.m.

The beer tent will open at noon with music by Glenn Reader and the Countrymen until 3 p.m., Moser Music and Sound from 3 to 6 p.m., and Ready Steady Go from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Activities include bingo from noon to 4 p.m. in the upper pavilion; a dunk tank beginning at 1 p.m.; a bocci ball tournament at 1:30 p.m.; a euchre tournament at 2:30 p.m.; and cow chip bingo beginning at 4 p.m. A drawdown raffle will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Ohio man named IWU asst. provost

BLOOMINGTON - Michael Thompson, director of institutional research at The College of Wooster in Ohio, has been named assistant provost and the director of institutional research and planning at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Thompson succeeds Mona Gardner, the Adlai H. Rust Professor of Insurance and Finance, who will retire at the end of July.

Thomas earned his master's degree and doctorate from the University of Memphis and his bachelor's degree from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn.

Tourism bureau has 175th logo T-shirts

LINCOLN - The Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County will sell T-shirts and raffle tickets for the Middletown terquasquicentennial (175th anniversary) celebration.

Shirts are $15 for sizes adult small through extra large, and $17 for larger sizes. Children's shirts are $12.

Raffle tickets are $20 for a 2007 Pontiac G-6 and wide-screen HDTV.

The celebration will be June 15-17 and will include the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall.

Fire departments receive grants

SPRINGFIELD - Fire departments in Deer Creek, Little Mackinaw and Secor have received state grants to buy small equipment and protective clothing.

Deer Creek received $18,700; Little Mackinaw, $14,400; and Secor, $14,800.

Groundbreaking set Saturday for house

BLOOMINGTON - Habitat for Humanity of McLean County will break ground at noon Saturday at 15 Richwood Trail, Woodbury Estates.

The project will include volunteers from State Farm Insurance Cos. Habitat homeowner partners Tammie Dean and her son Keanu will work with volunteers through the building project.

The project is expected to take about seven months.

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