Miscellaneous

Gibson City officer with cancer ready for 'chance to fight'

GIBSON CITY — After being diagnosed in June with Stage 4 colon cancer, Tony Row began to grow angry at the world.

Not even a year earlier, the nine-year veteran of the Gibson City Police Department had seen his beloved colleague, Police Chief Eric Hyatt, lose his 6 1/2-year fight with the same disease.

“It just sucks. There’s no other way to describe it,” Row said.


Old hospital building in Paxton to be torn down in 2019

PAXTON — An old hospital building in Paxton that was once eyed for redevelopment as a community health clinic is slated to be torn down sometime next year.


West Nile virus detected in mosquitoes in Ford County

PAXTON — Ford County Public Health Department Administrator Lana Sample told the Ford County Board on Monday night that the West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes in the county.

Sample also said her department has had two dead birds tested, but the virus was not present in either of them.


Scott's Pharmacy warns of phone scam

GIBSON CITY — Scott’s Pharmacy in Gibson City is alerting its customers to an apparent telephone scam.


Boil order in Sibley lifted after eight days

SIBLEY — A boil order affecting the entire village of Sibley was lifted Friday after eight days in effect.


Sibley under boil order

SIBLEY — The village of Sibley is under a boil order until Tuesday, June 19, if not longer.

Water department employee Beth Meyer announced the boil order in a message posted on the village’s Facebook page Thursday, saying that water samples need to pass an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) test before the boil order can be lifted.


Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal linked to salmonella outbreak

SPRINGFIELD — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined through an investigation that Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal is the likely source of a multi-state salmonella outbreak.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said one case of salmonella matches the multi-state outbreak strain. The CDC has reported 73 cases of Salmonella Mbandaka from 31 states.


St. Louis man on 1,000-mile mission to eradicate polio

GIBSON CITY — Rotary Club meetings in the eastern St. Louis suburb of Fairview Heights are pretty informal. The club meets Monday evenings in a bar/restaurant. Instead of bringing his gavel, the club’s president, Ralph Zuke, conducts the meetings with a marguarita in hand.


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.


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