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.

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.

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