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Splitting of health department grants no easy decision

GILMAN — For many years, residents of the Buckley and Loda areas in southern Iroquois County have been traveling to nearby Paxton in Ford County to utilize the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department’s services.

But it appears that will not be possible when the bi-county agency is dissolved July 1 and two new health departments begin independently serving Ford and Iroquois counties.

Event in Gibson City raises $3,000 for Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance

GIBSON CITY — Expressions Salon hosted a fundraising event at the Moyer District Library on Friday night and raised more than $3,000 for the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA).

Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) is a rare, life-shortening genetic neuro-muscular disorder that affects some 50,000 people in the U.S. Currently, there is no cure for the disease.

Ford County Public Health Department's first budget ready for approval

PAXTON — The Ford County Board plans to approve the first budget for the county’s newly created public health department in May, showing projected expenses of $898,208 and revenues of $936,844.

The proposed budget, presented to the county board Monday, was created by Steve Williams, the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department’s interim administrator.

52 food establishments ace routine inspections in first quarter of 2014

WATSEKA — Fifty-two of the 176 food establishments in Ford and Iroquois counties that were inspected by the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department during the first quarter of 2014 received scores with no deficiencies.

Ford County health agency hires interim administrator

GIBSON CITY — Paxton resident Lana Sample was hired as interim administrator of the Ford County Public Health Department on Monday night, as the board of health filled numerous positions for the new agency just 11 weeks before it starts operation.

Counties almost ready to submit IPLANs to state

WATSEKA — Paperwork that is required for certification of Ford and Iroquois counties’ respective new public health departments will get its first look by state officials later this month.

'The prognosis looks much better now' for Caitlynn Riblet; faculty wins PBL student vs. faculty benefit for PBL sophomore

PAXTON – Since Paxton-Buckley-Loda sophomore Caitlynn Riblet was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in December, her journey through the treatments has been defined in one slogan.

The slogan can be seen on T-shirts worn by PBL students and faculty alike every Thursday in support of Riblet – “Fight Like a Girl.”

Illinois hospitals, health systems generate $83.4 billion on state’s economy

NAPERVILLE — Illinois’ more than 200 hospitals and nearly 50 health systems generate a total annual impact of $83.4 billion on the state’s economy, according to a new report released today by the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA).

On mental health: Sleep does a body good

Community Resource & Counseling Center

“I’ll sleep when I’m dead” is not only a Bon Jovi song but an expression which has been circulating throughout society today. With the pressure for productivity, the fear of missing out and the desire to have it all together, sleep tends to slip down to the bottom of the priority list.

Healthy Living Series continues March 31 at Gibson City library

GIBSON CITY — Gibson Area Hospital will present another program in its Healthy Living Series on Monday, March 31, at the Moyer District Library.