Illinois Valley Community College’s agriculture program recently received a $25,000 grant from Compeer Financial’s Agriculture and Rural Initiative for equipment, technology, student engagement and retention.

Student honorees representing La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties will perform and present their work at the North Central Illinois ARTworks fifth annual Mad Hatter Ball from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 at the Auditorium Ballroom in La Salle.

The Independent Community Bankers of America announced community banker Kim McKee, president/CEO of North Central Bank, Hennepin, was elected to the ICBA Federal Delegate Board. ICBA is the nation’s voice for community banks.

All activities will take place at the University of Illinois Extension office, 509 Front St., Henry. This is open to all youth ages 8-18. Membership in 4-H is not a requirement to participate.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, Putnam County Rotarians will join in the observance of the day by sharing “End Polio Now” balloons and information from 9 to 10 a.m. at each of Putnam County’s three local banks.