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Heart healthy health tips during heart month

February is American Heart Month. However, area hospitals insist a heart can be kept healthy year around.

Tonya Johnson-Wilcox, EMS Director at OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac, has some tips to keep the heart healthy.

“We should be paying attention to how we eat, how we exercise and what we can do to keep our heart healthy throughout the year not just for February,” Johnson-Wilcox said.

“Going for brisk walks, getting on the treadmill, watching what we eat, eating healthy, looking at heart healthy recipes is one way of doing that,” she added.

According to the American Heart Association 150 minutes of moderate activity is recommended to improve cardiovascular health.

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Tickets issued for parking in snow zones

Watseka Police were busy this past week citing motorists for parking in snow zones.

Police report up to a dozen vehicles were ticketed for leaving vehicles parked in a snow zone, prohibiting snow plows from clearing roads in a timely manner. City ordinance requires vehicles to be moved from streets so plows can get their jobs done. Police remind motorists to be aware of the ‘snow ordinance’ when two or more inches of snow is expected.

Most of Illinois’ interstates are clear of ice and snow. But there are secondary routes still posing slick conditions. I-DOT crews spent much of the weekend clearing the state’s main roads, but county and township roads are still snow-packed and treacherous. Caution is the word. Drivers are urged to slow down and give yourself plenty of time to-and-from.

Chicago is coming off a historic stretch of snowfall. The NWS reports the Windy City experienced nine straight days with measurable snowfall from February 3rd thru yesterday. That span of days with accumulation tied a record set in 2009 and 1902

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Watseka ‘special’ council meeting a no-go; Mayor looks to re-group

Watseka Mayor John Allhands will look for new direction after a special city council meeting didn’t materialize (Saturday). The mayor said ‘we’ll have to see how the council wants to move forward.’

A special meeting was scheduled to discuss the city's water and sewer system. Mayor Allhands anticipated a closed meeting to legally discuss the current contract with ERH Enterprises. But that didn't happen. The Council instead voted 5-3 not to go into executive session.

Following were brief remarks and then a motion to adjourn.

What happens moving forward, Allhands says, is up to the city council. He said it’s the council members who have to have to make themselves aware of what’s going on, where we’re at, and how we get ready for the future in operating the city’s water and sewer system.

Read more: Watseka ‘special’ council meeting a no-go; Mayor looks to re-group

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James Bunting stepping away from superintendent’s position in Unit 9

The Watseka Unit Nine school district will soon be involved in a search for a new superintendent. The board this week approved a change in administration, at the request of Superintendent James Bunting.

Bunting will return to a building principal position within the district. The move will be effective for the 2018-19 school year.

The move “allows me to go back to working with kids at a more direct level,” Bunting told WGFA/WIBK News. “I’ve contemplated this for some time. This is my passion to be with the kids,” he said.

“This also allows me to remain in the Unit 9 district, in a position I truly enjoy, “ Bunting added. He expressed appreciation to the school board for allowing the move.

Read more: James Bunting stepping away from superintendent’s position in Unit 9

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Heavy Snowfall in northern Illinois; local area spared, so far

Residents of Will County and north are bracing for what could be one of the biggest snowstorm in the past three years. The Friday morning commute already has reports of 10 inches and more. I-DOT truck have been out overnight trying to keep up with the falling snow.

A winter storm warning took effect starting at 6 pm Thursday evening and will last through Friday night at 9 pm. The system could drop between 8-15 inches of snow.

Forecasters say it’s a relatively narrow band of heavy snow that will lead to difficult to impossible travel conditions and poor visibility. The cut-off point appeared to be the Will-Kankakee County line. Several school closings and cancellations are reported in Will County. You are asked to avoid unnecessary travel but if you must travel you are told to use extreme caution and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

Kankakee County had reports of just a quarter to half-inch of snow early today. A series of systems over the weekend could bring 1-3 inches.

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