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2nd Annual Brett Barragree Memorial Fundraiser

The 2nd Annual Brett Barragree Memorial Fundraiser is currently accepting contributions to “Support Continuing Education for Area 1st Responders”.

Brett Barragree was a passionate first responder for 20 years of his short life. Brett was not only a firefighter, paramedic, and Coast Guard veteran, but he was a Basic EMT trainer both at Iroquois Memorial Hospital (IMH) and while in the U. S. Coast Guard.

This 2nd Annual Fundraiser intends to use Brett's accomplishments as a catalyst to continue to inspire others. In addition to his years in the Coast Guard, Brett worked with and was deeply involved with four local first response units at various times in his career... the Watseka Fire Department, the IMH EMS program, the Woodland Fire Department, & the Riverside Ambulance Service. All funds donated during this fundraiser will be administered by the four above units to provide tuition funds to be used to help area residents wanting to enter or move up in the firefighter and/or paramedic fields. The awards can be used for beginning as well as continuing education in the chosen fields.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to accept contributions for this worthwhile program. To donate, please go to “gofundme.com” and type Brett Barragree or just “1st responders fund” into the search window. Brett’s fundraiser should come up first on the list.

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Blood Drive set for Thursday in Danforth

The American Red Cross says blood donations dropped significantly in recent weeks, leading to a severe shortage.
The organization is issuing an emergency call for people to donate blood and platelets. Blood drives are scheduled across northern Illinois. Check the Red Cross website www.redcrossblood.org.

A local opportunity to donate is Thursday, January 12th at the Danforth Community Center. The hours are 12 Noon to 6 pm.

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Watseka water bills go monthly in April

A proposal to issue Watseka water bills to residents on a monthly basis will go the full City Council later this month. The Public Works committee voted (Tuesday) to read meters and issue monthly statements to make it easier for residents to manage the 50% fee increase that started in November.

Alderman Dennis Cahoe suggested the monthly routine would be better for people, to help them manage their finances.
The city has been working with ERH Enterprises to issue billing statements every two months.

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Gibson Area Hospital among ‘Best for Obstetrics’

The 2017 Women’s Choice Awards is listing Gibson Area Hospital as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Ostetrics. The award signifies that Gibson Area Hospital is in the top 17% of 2,815 U.S. hospitals offering obstetrics.

GAHHS CEO Rob Schmitt said the award “is a true testament to our wonderful physicians, staff and volunteers that make every patient experience an exceptional one.” He said the national recognition proves to us “GAHHS is living its Vision to be TZHE Model of Excellence in Rural Healthcare.”

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Iroquois Board approves Public Safety Tax

The Iroquois County Board voted 18-2 Tuesday morning to approve the resolution authorizing the public safety tax approved by voters in November.

The lone two dissenting votes came from Lyle Behrens and Russell Bills.

The vote happened following last week’s Judicial and Public Safety committee meeting when Chad McGinnis made the motion to present the public safety tax ordinance to the county board. Jed Whitlow seconded the motion and a voice vote showed support.

State’s Attorney Jim Devine had the ordinance prepared last month.

Board Chairman John Shure said he’s already signed the ordinance and it’ll be sent to the Department of Revenue. It’s expected to be in effect by July 1.

The tax is expected to generate up to $400,000 per year to benefit public safety.

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