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Watseka plans grant help for flood victims

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is winding up its Disaster Assistance visits in Iroquois and Grundy County today (Thursday). Representatives are at Watseka City hall and the Coal City Library again from 9 am 'til 4 pm.

The SBA help is still available online at www.sba.gov/disaster or by calling 800-659-2955. The application process for low-interest loans can still be completed on your own thru November 2nd.

SBA Rep Reece Strong said up to 20 people have visited the Disaster Shop at City Hall over the last week.

Meanwhile, the city of Watseka is working up its application process to provide grant help for flood victims. The grants will assist in rebuilding or demolition and help keep property sites on the local tax rolls.

Letters have been mailed to property owners that either raise their homes or demolish the structure. The grant is for those homes with 50% or more damage from flooding.

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Monon, IN woman killed in White County crash

A two-vehicle crash near Monon Wednesday afternoon killed a 41-year-old woman. Starlene Newbold died when her car was hit by an SUV. A passenger in her car was air-lifted to Indianapolis.

Sheriff Pat Shafer said Newbold was turning left onto Quarry Road from U.S. 421 when it was hit by the SUV driven by 35-year-old Heather Schubert of Zionsville.
Schubert was taken by ambulance to IU Health White Memorial Hospital before being transported to Lafayette.

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Watseka infrastructure work continues

Busted up streets, barricaded-closed roads can certainly frustrate motorists, but it's also part of the formula for an improved future. And – in Watseka, infrastructure improvement projects are just that – a focus on better times ahead.

It all takes time. But it is happening in different sections of the city.

City Public Works Director Marvin DeLahr informed the Public Works committee (Tuesday) that after delays in flood clean-up and recovery efforts, some of the infrastructure work is resuming. Sewer improvements and pot-hole patching has to be completed. It's hoped better weather conditions and resource supplies will keep progress moving forward.

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Lawsuit ruling favors Kankakee County jail operations

The Kankakee County Sheriff's Department is clarifying an earlier report about an inmates' lawsuit on how booking procedures are conducted at the County Jail.

The sheriff's office actually was a winner in a federal lawsuit regarding strip-searches of all inmates as they are booked in at the corrections facility.

Under-Sheriff Mike Downey said its standard practice, under Corrections guidelines, to strip-search those detained. He said the practice falls within the standards of protocol. And the court agreed.

Federal judge Colin Bruce of the Central District of Illinois favored the county in his ruling that the jail strip searches are constitutional.

Sheriff Tim Bukowski said this ruling could have a significant impact on county jail operations across the state.

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Iroquois County flu clinics September 24 – October 29

The Iroquois County Public Health Department has a series of flu vaccination clinics scheduled for later this month and thru October.

The clinics run from September 24 through October 29 at announced-sites in Loda, Cissna Park, Onarga, Milford, Crescent City, Watseka, Iroquois, Sheldon, Beaverville, Clifton and Chebanse.

This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health are strongly advising vaccinations for anyone age 6 or older, said Vonda Pruitt, director of nursing for the local health department.

The cost is $35 per dose. A receipt will be provided to enable those with other insurance coverage to obtain reimbursement.

Flu clinic schedule ---

Loda — Loda United Methodist Church (10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 6).
Cissna Park — Creekside Terrace (1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 6).

Onarga — University of Illinois Extension office (1:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 13).

Milford — Milford Depot (1:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 23).
Crescent City — Crescent City Community Center (1-3 p.m. Oct. 22).

Watseka — Iroquois County Public Health Department, 1001 E. Grant St. (4-6 p.m. Sept. 24, 1-4 p.m. Sept. 28, 9-11:30 a.m. Oct. 1, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 9, 9-11:30 a.m. Oct. 13, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 16, 4-6 p.m. Oct. 20, 9-11:30 a.m. Oct. 23, 9-11:30 a.m. Oct. 26 and 4-6 p.m. Oct. 28); Heritage Woods (10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 8); The Arc (11 a.m. to noon Oct. 15); and Big R (9 a.m. to noon Oct. 17).

Sheldon — ABRA (3-4 p.m. Oct. 2).

Iroquois — Iroquois Farmer's State Bank (9-10:30 a.m. Oct. 5).

Beaverville — Curby's TruValu (Noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 5).
Clifton — Countryside Villas, Presence Merkle-Knipprath (3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 7).

Chebanse — Chebanse Community Building (1:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 29).

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