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