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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, www.fordcountyphd.org, was created by Bernie McCarty of Premier Network Solutions in Danville.


ALS victim Nancy Adkins ‘overwhelmed by all the people taking the challenge’

SIBLEY — At first, Lonnie Adkins was reluctant to let his wife, Nancy, complete the Ice Bucket Challenge as the activity began sweeping the nation and became a social media craze.

“I kept telling her, ‘No way,’ because even in cold weather, she just freezes up and stiffens up,” Lonnie Adkins said. “But she wanted to do it.”
So, they came to a compromise.


Transitioning back to school doesn't have to be that stressful

By CARISSA STANGARONE
The Community Resource & Counseling Center in Paxton


It’s about that time of year again! We’re in the midst of last-minute adventures and soaking up as much sun as possible before children and teens return to school.


Dr. Lanoue to speak at next Ford-Iroquois Ag Breakfast in Onarga

ONARGA — Dr. Doug Lanoue of Gibson Area Hospital will present “The Real Dirt on Rural Medicine: A Skin-and-Bones Talk About the Health of Your Skin and Bones!” during the Ford-Iroquois Extension Office’s next Ag Breakfast, scheduled for 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the University of Illinois Extension Office at 916 W. Seminary Ave. in Onarga.


Requirements for child immunizations added for 2014-15 school year

SPRINGFIELD — As students prepare to start a new school year, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are encouraging parents and guardians to ensure their children’s immunizations are up to date.

The IDPH has implemented a few changes in the requirements.


Two bats test positive for rabies in Iroquois County

WATSEKA — Two bats found in Iroquois County have tested positive for rabies, the Iroquois County Public Health Department announced Thursday.

One bat was found in the Cissna Park area in May; a second bat was found in the Watseka area last week. Both bats tested positive for rabies at the Illinois Department of Public Health’s state laboratory.


Iroquois County Public Health Department to host open house Friday

WATSEKA — The staff of the Iroquois County Public Health Department will be hosting an open house from 2-6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at the health department’s offices in the Administrative Center at 1001 E. Grant St. in Watseka.  


Free health screenings offered Aug. 12 in Watseka

WATSEKA — Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka is offering health screenings for the public on Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 7:30 to 10 a.m., in the hospital’s main lobby. 


Ford County Public Health to pay $75 an hour for consultant

PAXTON — Steve Williams will be sticking around the area a little longer.

One day after the Tennessee native wrapped up his nine-month stint as interim administrator of the now-dissolved Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department, the 59-year-old agreed Thursday to serve as a consultant for the new Ford County Public Health Department.