Iroquois board backs medical marijuana facility near Cissna Park

RURAL CISSNA PARK — The Iroquois County Board is throwing its support behind a proposed medical marijuana cultivation center north of Cissna Park.

Last week, Chairman Rod Copas wrote a letter of support for the project, and the county’s zoning administrator signed a form to be submitted to the state that says the facility would comply with local zoning rules.

Watseka hospital, nursing home not allowing visitors with cold-like symptoms until further notice

WATSEKA — Children and adults with cold-like symptoms are not being allowed to visit patients at Iroquois Memorial Hospital or residents at the Iroquois Resident Home until further notice due to the Enterovirus-D68 outbreak in Illinois and 11 other states.

Doctor: Enterovirus 'usually starts like the common cold'

WATSEKA — Dr. Teresita Torres, a family medicine specialist at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, recently addressed the Enterovirus-D68 virus outbreak that has occurred in 10 Midwestern states, including Illinois.

Child car seats can be checked for proper installation on Sept. 20 in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Gibson Area Hospital’s OB Department is hosting a National Seat Check Saturday event on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the hospital’s main entrance.

Free child car seat checks will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon by the hospital’s certified child passenger safety technicians.

To make an appointment, call 784-2510.

Kempton man's nurse license placed in 'refuse to renew' status

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Professional Regulation announced disciplinary action against a nurse from Kempton.

George Hills of Kempton had his registered nurse license placed in “refuse to renew” status for failure to submit to a mandatory screen following allegations of diversion of controlled substances from a facility.

Health department signs longer-term contract with ex-administrator's consulting firm

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department board has entered into a one-year contract with a Tennessee-based consulting firm that will assist the newly formed agency with a number of initiatives.

Ford County Public Health Department website goes live

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department’s website has gone live.

The site,, was created by Bernie McCarty of Premier Network Solutions in Danville.

ALS victim Nancy Adkins ‘overwhelmed by all the people taking the challenge’

SIBLEY — At first, Lonnie Adkins was reluctant to let his wife, Nancy, complete the Ice Bucket Challenge as the activity began sweeping the nation and became a social media craze.

“I kept telling her, ‘No way,’ because even in cold weather, she just freezes up and stiffens up,” Lonnie Adkins said. “But she wanted to do it.”
So, they came to a compromise.

Transitioning back to school doesn't have to be that stressful

The Community Resource & Counseling Center in Paxton

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.

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