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It’s about that time of year again! We’re in the midst of last-minute adventures and soaking up as much sun as possible before children and teens return to school.

Dr. Lanoue to speak at next Ford-Iroquois Ag Breakfast in Onarga

ONARGA — Dr. Doug Lanoue of Gibson Area Hospital will present “The Real Dirt on Rural Medicine: A Skin-and-Bones Talk About the Health of Your Skin and Bones!” during the Ford-Iroquois Extension Office’s next Ag Breakfast, scheduled for 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the University of Illinois Extension Office at 916 W. Seminary Ave. in Onarga.

Requirements for child immunizations added for 2014-15 school year

SPRINGFIELD — As students prepare to start a new school year, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are encouraging parents and guardians to ensure their children’s immunizations are up to date.

The IDPH has implemented a few changes in the requirements.

Two bats test positive for rabies in Iroquois County

WATSEKA — Two bats found in Iroquois County have tested positive for rabies, the Iroquois County Public Health Department announced Thursday.

One bat was found in the Cissna Park area in May; a second bat was found in the Watseka area last week. Both bats tested positive for rabies at the Illinois Department of Public Health’s state laboratory.

Iroquois County Public Health Department to host open house Friday

WATSEKA — The staff of the Iroquois County Public Health Department will be hosting an open house from 2-6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at the health department’s offices in the Administrative Center at 1001 E. Grant St. in Watseka.  

Free health screenings offered Aug. 12 in Watseka

WATSEKA — Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka is offering health screenings for the public on Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 7:30 to 10 a.m., in the hospital’s main lobby. 

Ford County Public Health to pay $75 an hour for consultant

PAXTON — Steve Williams will be sticking around the area a little longer.

One day after the Tennessee native wrapped up his nine-month stint as interim administrator of the now-dissolved Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department, the 59-year-old agreed Thursday to serve as a consultant for the new Ford County Public Health Department.

Governor OKs cannabis use for people with seizure disorders

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill into law Sunday that will expand access to the state’s medical marijuana program.

Senate Bill 2636, sponsored by Sen. Iris Martinez, D-Chicago, expands the qualifying conditions of the program to include seizure disorders, such as epilepsy and those associated with brain injuries.

Ford County Public Health Department slates Aug. 1 open house

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department will host an open house Friday, Aug. 1, for the public to learn about the new agency’s services.

The Ford County Public Health Department began operation July 1 following the dissolution of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department. Like Ford County, neighboring Iroquois County opened its own health department July 1.

Committee OKs medical-marijuana rules

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois legislative committee approved rules Tuesday for the state’s medical cannabis program, which means would-be growers and retailers soon can apply for permits and get the new industry started.

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