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IMH celebrating 100th Birthday

Iroquois Memorial Hospital welcomes the public to its 100th birthday celebration this weekend. 

Several guests will join IMH officials at a program Saturday on the hospital lawn.  Tours of the hospital will be available.  Memorabilia and other displays will show the long history of the hospital at Fairman Avenue and S. 5th Street in Watseka.  The party runs from 11 am 'til 2 pm.

IMH evolved from a $50,000 donation from Anna Donovan.  The Donovan Trust has since provided several donations to worthwhile organizations throughout Iroquois County.  IMH officially opened its doors February 25, 1916.

Today, the hospital operates as an independent partner of Presence Health.  

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Beating death in Watseka likely brings new charges

A Chebanse man beaten outside a Watseka tavern has died of injuries. 55-year-old Gary Guenette suffered severe head injuries Monday night. He had been in critical condition at Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Guenette's death finds the Iroquois County State's Attorney's office reviewing the case, likely upgrading charges against 21-year-old Gregory Eisermann of Watseka. He was jailed in Watseka on a $100,000 bond. He was charged initially with aggravated battery and possession of a controlled substance.

Watseka Police reported it was an altercation outside a bar that led to Guenette's injury and the arrest of Eisermann.

The Knapp Funeral Home at Clifton is handling arrangements for Guenette.

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KCC graduation Saturday

More than 400 people will graduate at the 47th annual KCC commencement ceremony (Saturday) at 10 am in the George H. Ryan Gymnasium.

Karen Hunter Anderson, executive director of the Illinois Community College Board, will be the commencement speaker.
"At Kankakee Community College, the motto is: 'Start here, finish anywhere,'" she said. "It embodies the spirit of a community college."

Anderson said that it's a very effective and invaluable way to begin your college career, whether it's to get an associate's degree or to go on to a four-year school.

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WGFA 5th-6th Grade Spelling Contest marks 50 years !

It's been a tradition for WGFA Radio. And a popular tradition at that. The annual Iroquois County Spelling Contest. And it happens again Friday (May 13th).

The 50th WGFA 5th – 6th Grade Iroquois County Spelling Contest airs at 10 am Friday. It's held at the Unit #9 Administrative Center, west of Watseka on Route 24.

WGFA's Don Elliott presents the words to local spelling contestants.

This year's event includes four contestants from the 2015 spelling contest.

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DACC marks 70th Anniversary

Danville Area Community College is honoring four people who are credited with playing a significant role in the history, development, and continued success of the college.

Richard Cheney, Gladys Davis, Tom Conron, Jr., and Robert Griggs will be honored during a Founders' Day celebration Friday. A 1 pm program is scheduled at the DACC Bremer Conference Center.

>> Gladys Davis was a Danville Junior College student in the 1950s. She became the first female minority faculty member of DJC.

>>Tom Conron Jr. was a founding member of the DJC Board of Trustees in 1966. He has also served on the board of the DACC Foundation.

>>Robert Griggs was hired in July of 1965 as the first Dean of Vocational Technical Education. He retired in May of 1987.

>>Richard Cheney was one of the first four full-time faculty members hired in 1966. He became the Audio Visual Director and was a cross country coach before being elected to the DACC Board of Trustees in 1993. He still serves on that board.

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