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.

5 apply for cultivation center permit, none for dispensary permit in Illinois State Police District 21

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois officials have released figures detailing how medical marijuana business applications are distributed around the state, the first indication of where competition will be fiercest for a limited number of cultivation center and dispensary permits.

Grant writer to assist Ford County Public Health Department

GIBSON CITY — The Ford County Public Health Department has entered into a contract with Sheila Lawson to help the agency apply for grant funding.

Lawson, who was in charge of completing the Ford County Health Department’s IPLAN document earlier this year, will be paid a fee of $6,000 to help the agency apply for a grant that awards up to $200,000 a year over a three-year period.

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.

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