Iroquois County

One in critical condition after three-vehicle crash near Watseka

WATSEKA — A Sheldon woman remained in critical condition at an Urbana hospital Friday following a three-vehicle accident east of Watseka.

Mulching of Loda park to be explored next spring

LODA — The village board will explore the possibility of mulching the village park next spring.

Trustee Ronda Breeden told her fellow board members during last Wednesday’s monthly meeting that the park is in need of mulch.

Lake Iroquois left with 'very sparse' fish population; restocking options being explored

LAKE IROQUOIS — Restocking options for Lake Iroquois are being explored after an electrofishing survey revealed that a “very sparse” fish population remains there as a result of a massive fish kill in July, a Lake Iroquois Association official said.

IMH, Riverside exploring merger

KANKAKEE — Officials with Kankakee-based Riverside Healthcare and Watseka-based Iroquois Memorial Hospital (IMH) have each signed a non-binding letter of intent to explore merging IMH into Riverside Healthcare.

The letter of intent gives both organizations the chance to work confidentially to explore the possible merger.

Iroquois County clerk: Beware of phone solicitors

WATSEKA — Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher said residents have been receiving telephone calls involving the callers impersonating an organization that provides voter registration assistance and also asking if the recipient of the call would like to request a ballot over the phone. 

Informational meeting on proposed sewer system in Buckley scheduled

BUCKLEY — Village board members Monday night scheduled a public informational meeting about the town’s proposed new sewer system.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Crusader Hall at Christ Lutheran High School, 201 W. Lincoln Ave.

Loda library welcomes new director

LODA  — After living and working for decades in the Chicago suburbs, Teri Hennessy has fallen in love with the small-town life.

The 68-year-old Hennessy retired from a 27-year career in education in June 2015 and moved permanently to Bayles Lake in rural Loda.

Jordan Giese named PBL High School's student of month

PAXTON — Jordan Giese of Loda has been named Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s student of the month for September.

The senior was nominated for the award by his chemistry and physics teacher, Dave Shellhamer. In Shellhamer’s nomination letter, he wrote:

Loda trustees hear report from village auditor

LODA — The village’s auditor, Stan Feller, presented the town board last Wednesday with his yearly audit report for the village.

Feller said the village’s finances are in good shape, although the town could find ways to raise more revenue through increasing its tax levy for its liability insurance and Social Security funds.

Monthly water service billing, rate hike suggested in Buckley

BUCKLEY — Buckley’s auditor, Stan Feller, suggested that the village bill residents for water service on a monthly basis and also increase the base water rates charged to residents during the village board’s monthly meeting.

Feller noted that as a result of a reduction in the town’s assessed value, the village is not receiving the amount of property taxes it needs.

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