Basco man breaks Illinois record with 300.5 pound watermelon
Agriculture

Basco man breaks Illinois record with 300.5 pound watermelon

Joseph Young, a Basco, Ill. man whose hobby is growing monstrous fruit, pulled a 300.5 pound watermelon from his garden this year.

Local Christmas tree farmers hopeful tradition will trump convenience
Agriculture

Local Christmas tree farmers hopeful tradition will trump convenience

The Mathews family is not concerned about Amazon's recent announcement that the online retailer will begin selling and shipping real Christmas trees up to seven-feet tall this year.

Organic farmers worry proposed hog facility may contaminate crops
Agriculture

Organic farmers worry proposed hog facility may contaminate crops

Sunset Lake Organics owners Randy and Crystal Clair worry that a proposed swine facility, County Line Swine, which is 2,200 feet from their home and farm, could threaten their livelihood.