Miscellaneous

Gibson Area Hospital doctors honored with statewide awards

GIBSON CITY — A special reception was held recently at Railside Golf Club in Gibson City in recognition of Gibson Area Hospital orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Chris Dangles and the late Dr. George Bark, a family practitioner at Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services’ Paxton Clinic, for receiving the 2017 Physician of Excellence Award from the Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA).


Elite Performance’s expansion may benefit not just public but schools, too

GIBSON CITY — When Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services’ Elite Performance program expands yet again in upcoming months with the opening of two much larger facilities in both Paxton and Gibson City, it will come with the addition of new equipment that not only the public can use but also possibly the athletic teams at local schools.


West side of Buckley under boil order

BUCKLEY — A boil order is in effect in Buckley until further notice.

The boil order is for the west side of town (west of the railroad tracks), according to a news release from Westville-based ERH Enterprises Inc., the company hired to maintain the village’s water system.


Use of tobacco may be banned at Paxton's parks

PAXTON — The use of tobacco products at Paxton’s public parks and ballfields would be outlawed through a proposed ordinance up for approval by the city council in October.


Tobacco cessation classes offered in Gibson City — for free

GIBSON CITY — Tobacco cessation classes are being offered in upcoming weks by Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services — and they are free of charge to the public.

The program follows the guidelines established by the American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking program, which is designed for people who want to quit smoking or chewing tobacco.


Ameren equips nearly 240 trucks with AEDs

PAXTON — As part of its commitment to workplace safety, Ameren Illinois has installed automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on nearly 240 trucks across central and southern Illinois, including three trucks in the Paxton area.


Dead bird found in Paxton tests positive for West Nile virus

PAXTON — A dead bird found in Paxton has tested positive for the West Nile virus — the first such case in the county this year.

The dead crow was submitted to the Ford County Public Health Department on July 17 to be tested for possible West Nile virus infection. It was found in Paxton the preceding weekend, a health department official said.


Ford County Public Health kicks off mosquito surveillance program

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department began its West Nile virus surveillance program for this year on June 1.

The program includes trapping adult mosquitoes and testing them for the West Nile virus. 


Paxton Family Dental welcomes two new doctors

PAXTON — Paxton Family Dental has welcomed two new doctors to its staff — Dr. Samantha Lyu and Dr. Mark Faught.

Lyu comes to Paxton from Madison, Wis. She graduated from Ohio University. Luy is currently engaged and preparing for her wedding in August. She loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends.


Dead birds being collected for West Nile testing

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

Collecting and testing dead birds are important components of the agency’s West Nile virus surveillance program, said Christy Wallace, vector program coordinator.


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