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Police hunting for man over stolen vehicle in rural Vermilion County

RURAL POTOMAC — County and state authorities late Tuesday afternoon continue to scour a rural area near Potomac for a man who was driving a stolen vehicle.


Police seek info on soda pop machine burglars

These two men were captured on surveillance cameras as they pried open a Coke machine outside the entrance to the Paxton IGA, causing about $400 in damage, and stole an estimated $300 to $400 in change. The crime occurred at 3:11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. The men were believed to be driving a white four-door Chevrolet Cobalt. The man on the right had a large tattoo on the right side of his neck.


Prosecutors: Murder suspect wrote letter to witness to get him to change his testimony

WATSEKA — Iroquois County prosecutors disclosed Monday that they believe murder suspect Andrew M. Condon tried to get one of their witnesses to change his testimony.


'Harvest Brewhouse' chosen as name for Paxton restaurant

PAXTON — After a “strong outpouring” of suggestions by the community, Ben Grice has decided upon the name of his to-be-opened upscale restaurant and brewery at 102 S. Market St. in downtown Paxton.

And, as Grice has said before, it’s not going to be called “The 102 Lounge.”


Asta Care nursing homes in Paxton, Pontiac under new ownership

PAXTON — The Asta Care Center nursing homes in Paxton and Pontiac are under new ownership.

Bradley Alter, owner of Skokie-based Certified Health Management, said he recently formed two consulting companies — Paxton Healthcare and Rehab LLC and Pontiac Healthcare and Rehab LLC — that purchased the Paxton and Pontiac long-term care facilities, respectively.


Ebola preparedness to be discussed in Watseka on Tuesday

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Public Health Department will host a Community Partner Ebola Preparedness Meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Iroquois County Board room of the Iroquois County Administrative Center in Watseka. 

All Iroquois County community health and emergency response partners are invited to attend and participate.


Heartland Spa & Fitness Resort closing Nov. 30

GILMAN — The Heartland Spa & Fitness Resort near Gilman has been sold and will be closing Nov. 30 after more than 30 years in business.

The new owner is a family-owned corporation in the nursing home, senior healthcare and rehab industries, a news release from the Heartland Spa said.


Paxton Woman's Club plans to disband due to declining membership

PAXTON — Unless it sees a huge spike in membership in the next several months, a Paxton women’s organization that has been around for 120 years will cease to exist.

The Paxton Woman’s Club had more than 80 members in the 1980s. Today, it has 27, but only “10 or 12” are actively involved, said the club’s president Judy Ondercho, a member of the club since 1985.


No injuries in Gilman accident

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of recent activity:


U.S. Postal Service rep to speak to Paxton Area Chamber on Nov. 19

PAXTON — The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s executive director, Kristena Phelan, announced several upcoming events:


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