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4/28/18 Blue Ridge Tractor Open House


Blue Ridge Tractor will host an “open house” this Saturday, April 28th from 10am to 3pm. A special presentation and introductions will be held at noon and the public is invited. There will be door prizes awarded throughout the day. Jake and Alex Gibbs, general managers, will give tours of their new facility and the product lines they offer.


The George Harrison Mural in Benton IL


The making of the mural from concept to completion as told through pictures and in an interview between Muralist John Cerney and DJ Phlash Phelps on his ’60’s on 6′ Sirius XM Radio Show. Painted in 2017, this mural is 16 feet tall and is located along Interstate 57 in Benton, Illinois. The mural commemorates the first visit by a Beatle to America. Several months ahead of the British rock group’s big splash on US soil in early 1964, George Harrison came to Benton, Illinois to visit his sister Louise and her family. The Beatles were unknown to Americans, despite being at the top of the charts in England, and George was able to remain anonymous during his two week stay. He played with a local band, bought a guitar in a neighboring town, and mostly hung out as a tourist. The Beatles were about to explode on the world stage, and for years to come, folks in Southern Illinois would recall the polite young man with long hair and a funny accent.


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Progress on Waste Water Treatment Facility


This aerial was recently taken above the grounds of the City’s new Waste Water Treatment Facility. The project is pushing forward with incredible momentum. Ground was broken at the WWTF in December of 2016; it is projected to be complete in 2018. The new WWTF brings with it not only an improved system for residents but also a means to better facilitate future development across the City of Benton.