Engelbrecht joins staff of Onarga Clinic

ONARGA — Certified family nurse practitioner Crickett Engelbrecht has joined the staff at Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services’ Onarga Clinic.

Engelbrecht joins the clinic’s staff of Dr. Benjamin Brewer, Dr. Doug Lanoue and family nurse practitioner Sue Gray. Engelbrecht will see patients from pediatrics to geriatrics, including walk-ins.

No injuries when truck strikes train

ONARGA — No one was hurt when a pickup truck struck a train that was crossing U.S. 24/52 in Iroquois County on Thursday afternoon.

Four new troopers assigned to District 21

ASHKUM — Four new Illinois State Police troopers have been assigned to District 21 after graduating from the Illinois State Police Academy on Dec. 22.

The four new troopers were members of Cadet Class 126 during their 25 weeks of training at the academy. They will begin a 14-week field training program and will be patroling in Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford counties.

Health department reminds well owners to test following floods

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Public Health Department is recommending that owners of private water wells arrange to have their wells inspected following heavy rains to ensure that surface water has not entered the wells through the well cap, vent or sanitary well seal. 

Disaster declared in Watseka, Iroquois County

WATSEKA — Iroquois County Board Chairman Kyle Anderson of Beaverville has declared a local disaster due to severe flooding in the county, the Iroquois County Emergency Services & Disaster Agency announced in a news release Thursday.

“In the meantime, officials throughout jurisdictions in Iroquois County are working together, along with the state of Illinois,” the release said.

Police Blotter (Dec. 16, 2015)


Police Blotter (Dec. 10, 2015)

The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity:

— Jermari C. Dorsey, 35, of Champaign, was arrested for driving with a revoked driver’s license during a traffic stop at 3:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the intersection of Summer and Vermilion streets. The 2004 Saturn Vue he was driving was seized by police under city ordinance.

Two races in Ford, four in Iroquois in March 2016 primary election

While there will be only two contested races for elected positions in Ford County in next March’s primary election, the ballot in neighboring Iroquois County will feature four.

Police Blotter (Nov. 18, 2015)

The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity:

Police Blotter (Oct. 29, 2015)

The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity:

— Matthew C. Arends, 22, of 1041 E. Bogardus St., Paxton, was arrested for criminal damage to property for allegedly kicking a door, causing damage to it, during a verbal argument with his father at their residence at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21.

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