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$600,000 grant would help fund referral center for heatlh services

PAXTON — Government boards have seen a lot of Mike Short, the Ford County Public Health Department board’s president, in recent weeks.

Short has been pitching a proposal to area school boards, as well as the Ford County Board, in an effort to get all of them to participate in a newly formed consortium of community agencies and government bodies.

So far, so good.

Forensic audit shows agency's staff used their work computers for 'personal gain'

WATSEKA — Three former top-ranking officials in the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department used their work computers for “personal use and personal gain” at least 70 percent of the time they were on them, a computer forensic expert revealed Wednesday, adding to the list of questionable conduct by ex-employees of the recently dissolved agency.

Area residents form Central Illinois Pink Heals Chapter

PAXTON — The members of the Central Illinois Pink Heals Chapter have all been impacted by cancer.

For Mike and Vanessa Tongate of Roberts, it was learning that Vanessa had been diagnosed with colon cancer, just as they were preparing to leave for their honeymoon in 2006. And it was the daily struggle that followed over the next three years — until she became cancer free in 2009.

Iroquois County Public Health Department offers free breast-cancer screenings

WATSEKA — October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women.  According to the Susan G. Komen organization, it is estimated that there will be 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer among U.S. women in 2014. 

Gibson Area Hospital taking pro-active response to Ebola outbreak

GIBSON CITY — Gibson Area Hospital is taking the initiative to reach out to surrounding communities to enhance understanding of Ebola.

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.