Ford County Public Health seeks public's help collecting dead birds

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department is collecting dead birds through Oct. 15 so that they can be tested for West Nile virus.

Christy Wallace, vector program coordinator for the health department, is asking for assistance from the public in the collection of dead birds found in Ford County.

Grand opening of Paxton Elite Sport & Fitness greeted with community excitement

PAXTON — Gibson Area Hospital’s Elite Sport and Fitness held its grand opening Thursday in its new location at 615 N. Railroad Ave. in Paxton and was welcomed with community enthusiasm and excitement, evident by the attendance by people of all ages who came out to see the new facility.

Emergency physicians warn against “Tide Challenge”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of a bizarre social media trend, teens taking the “Tide Challenge” are posting videos where they put water soluble Tide detergent pods in their mouths, putting themselves at high risk for serious health consequences or death.

The nation’s emergency physicians strongly advise: do not attempt chewing or swallowing detergent or similar chemical products.

Testing a home for radon could mean a free Fitbit

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department is encouraging the public to test the radon level in their homes, and the agency has free radon test kits available for pickup.

Free radon test kits available from heatlh department

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Public Health Department is offering free radon test kits during January, which is designated as National Radon Action Month by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

To pick up a test kit, people can stop by the health department’s office at 1001 E. Grant St. in Watseka between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Ford County Public Health Department to offer 4 flu-shot clinics in January

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department will offer four flu-shot clinics in January at the agency’s office at 235 N. Taft St. in Paxton.

The clinics will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4; 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8; 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18; and 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22.

Accolade Health Care buys two Paxton nursing homes, one in Pontiac

PAXTON — When Moe Freedman calls in his reservation to the Cobblestone Hotel & Suites, the clerk answering the phone always recognizes his voice.

“They’re like, ‘Hey, Moe,’ before I even say my name,” the 30-year-old Chicago man said.

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.

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