Health department offers Medicare open enrollment assistance

PIPER CITY — Lana Sample and Nancy Bailey, both State Health Insurance Assistance Program counselors for the Ford County Public Health Department, will be available to assist Medicare beneficiaries in comparing plans for 2016 at various locations in Ford County. 

Five from Watseka, one from Clifton awarded IMH Auxiliary scholarships

WATSEKA — Six Iroquois County residents — including five from Watseka and one from Clifton — were each awarded $500 scholarships by the Iroquois Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. 

The winners were:

— Chris Florido of Watseka, who is studying medicine at the University of Illinois in Rockford and is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Gonzalo Florido.

All inspected Ford County food establishments get ‘A’ or ‘B’

PAXTON — So far, so good.

Through the first nine months of 2015, not one food establishment in Ford County received a letter grade lower than a “B” on their routine inspections by the Ford County Public Health Department.

Ford County food establishments could be shut down 'without warning'

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department’s ordinance regulating food establishments has been changed to give more authority to the agency’s environmental health inspector.

October is Depression Awareness Month

Editor’s note: The following article was provided by Vicki Angstmann of Gibson Area Hospital Geriatric Behavioral Services.

GIBSON CITY — October is Depression Awareness Month, which brings attention to the causes, symptoms and treatment of depression.

Baby Central RV to make stop at Gibson City Harvest Fest

GIBSON CITY — Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services’ Baby Central RV is making its final stop of the season during the Gibson City Harvest Fest on Saturday, Oct. 10. 

Ford County Public Health Department has mumps vaccine available

PAXTON — Due to an outbreak of mumps in surrounding counties, the Ford County Public Health Department is informing the public about the disease.

Bloomstrand named associate medical director for Presence Health Regional Emergency Medical Services

DANVILLE — Dr. Kurt Bloomstrand, a graduate of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, has been named the associate medical director for Presence Health Regional Emergency Medical Services in Champaign-Urbana and Danville.

Flu clinics scheduled throughout Iroquois County

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Public Health Department has scheduled a series of flu vaccination clinics throughout the county.

The clinics run from Sept. 24 through Oct. 29 at sites in Loda, Cissna Park, Onarga, Milford, Crescent City, Watseka, Iroquois, Sheldon, Beaverville, Clifton and Chebanse.

Like father, like son: Hudson Drug Shop celebrating 65 years

PAXTON — If not for an “unhappy” accident involving a chemistry set in his family’s newly remodeled kitchen, Carl Hudson Jr. may not have followed in his father Carl’s footsteps as the owner and head pharmacist of Hudson Drug Shop in downtown Paxton.

Carl Jr. was in high school at the time. He was experimenting with making rocket fuel.

Find the answers to the Paxton Record’s trivia contest in our 150th anniversary special section! While doing so, learn about the history of the newspaper, Paxton, Ford County and the prominent people and events who have helped shape us into what we are today!

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