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Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services welcomes two new doctors

GIBSON CITY — Two doctors — Dr. Jason Ye and Dr. Donald Reese — have joined the staff of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services.

Ye joined the hospital’s team of orthopaedic surgeons. Ye is seeing patients out of the GAH Orthopaedic Clinic in Gibson City on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at the Mahomet Specialty Clinic on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.


Pink Heals seeking nominees to name truck after

BUCKLEY — Holley Brooks hates the number 3.

The 15-year-old Rantoul Township High School student  was 3 years old when she was first diagnosed with cancer. She was 13 when she was diagnosed with two different forms of cancer, making that three forms of cancer she has had in her life.


Governor signs Barickman-sponsored legislation to help hospital patients who rely on caregivers

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Jason Barickman that aims to help hospital patients who rely on friends and family as caregivers, and potentially reduce hospital re-admission rates, has been signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner.


Eric Hyatt: 'I appreciate all of your support'

GIBSON CITY — A benefit held Saturday for Gibson City police officer Eric Hyatt, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2010, was Hyatt’s first and only benefit.

Over the past five years, Hyatt was too reluctant to have one.


45 food establishments in Ford County get 'A' grade on inspections

PAXTON — Of the 54 food establishments in Ford County that received routine inspections by the Ford County Public Health Department during the second quarter of 2015, all but nine received an “A” grade. The rest got a “B.”


Paxton pharmacist named Fellow by international association

PAXTON — Pharmacist Doug Higgins of Paxton was named a Fellow by the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) during the IACP’s 21st annual Compounders on Capitol Hill Conference in Washington D.C.

Fellowship, the highest distinction awarded by the IACP, recognizes pharmacists who exemplify professionalism and commitment to the practice of pharmacy compounding.


Ford County Public Health Department to celebrate one-year anniversary

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department will celebrate the completion of its first year in operation with an open house from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at its office in Paxton.

Cookies and punch will be served at the event, which will also honor retiring APS caseworker Marcia Peznowski.


Ford County Public Health collecting dead birds

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department is asking for assistance from the public in the collection of dead birds found in Ford County. 


Nordic Total Fitness to hold grand opening Saturday

PAXTON — Sam Erwin will hold a grand opening for his new gym, Nordic Total Fitness, at 207 N. Market St. in downtown Paxton, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 30.


Ford County board of health might reduce its number of meetings

GIBSON CITY — The Ford County Public Health Department board is considering reducing the number of times it meets per year, from 12 to six.

“We’ve talked about possibly meeting every other month,” board President Mike Short of rural Paxton said, noting, however, that no decision has been made yet.