Paxton students receive visit from Tooth Wizard and PlaqueMan

PAXTON — To help kids learn about the importance of good oral health and how to fight tooth decay, costumed characters Tooth Wizard and PlaqueMan put on a performance last Tuesday in front of students in kindergarten through second grade at Clara Peterson Elementary School in Paxton as part of the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation’s Land of Smiles program.

53 units of blood collected in Gibson City for American Red Cross

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive on Feb. 18 at the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City.

The Red Cross received 53 units of blood from 52 donors at the blood drive, just shy of the 54-unit goal. There were five deferrals and one partial bag.

Onarga Clinic changes its name

ONARGA — The Onarga Clinic’s name has changed to Gibson Health of Onarga.

Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services announced the name change for the clinic at 912 W. Seminary St. in Onarga in a Feb. 22 Facebook post.

Doug's Compounding Pharmacy has new owner

PAXTON — Doug Higgins recently announced the sale of Doug’s Compounding Pharmacy in Paxton to pharmacist Jenna Cowell Vogel, effective in January.

Vogel anticipates a seamless transition as Higgins will continue to work as an employee of the pharmacy, providing pharmacy support, compounding expertise, patient consultations and provider support.

Major expansion in works at Gibson Area Hospital


GIBSON CITY — In two years, Gibson Area Hospital should look much different.

Engelbrecht joins staff of Onarga Clinic

ONARGA — Certified family nurse practitioner Crickett Engelbrecht has joined the staff at Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services’ Onarga Clinic.

Engelbrecht joins the clinic’s staff of Dr. Benjamin Brewer, Dr. Doug Lanoue and family nurse practitioner Sue Gray. Engelbrecht will see patients from pediatrics to geriatrics, including walk-ins.

Ford County set to hire two more employees

PAXTON — The Ford County Board is expected Monday night to authorize the county’s public health department and treasurer’s office to hire new employees.

On Thursday morning, the board’s finance committee voted 4-0 to recommend the full board approve a resolution authorizing the public health department to fill a soon-to-be-vacant full-time nursing position.

Parking spaces designated for use by to-be-opened dental clinic

PAXTON — Despite concerns about the appearance of favoring one business over another, the Paxton City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday to designate five parking spaces downtown for use exclusively by clients of a yet-to-be-opened dental clinic.

Flu vaccine still available at Iroquois County Public Health Department

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Public Health Department, located in the Administrative Center at 1001 E. Grant St. in Watseka, has flu vaccines available to the public on a walk-in basis from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The agency can bill Medicare and most insurance companies for the flu vaccine. People can call 815-432-2483 for more information. 

Buckley Ambulance Service seeks EMTs, to hold educational course

BUCKLEY — The Buckley Ambulance Service is in need of more licensed emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and hopes to generate more interest in what it calls a “gratifying” profession through educational classes being offered in Buckley early next year.

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