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ONU ranked ‘friendly place’ among college campuses

Olivet Nazarene University is among the friendliest college campuses in the United States, according to rankings released late in 2014.

The Christian liberal arts university placed 13th among 589 colleges in student friendliness rankings compiled by Niche, a content service that provides insight and reviews on neighborhoods and schools. Olivet placed higher than all other Illinois colleges and universities as well as larger institutions including the University of California-Davis and Texas A&M University. Olivet's main campus is in Bourbonnais, 50 miles south of Chicago.

Rankings were based on 84,115 opinion-based survey responses from 55,204 current college students and recent alumni.

"My first day at Olivet, I was sitting alone in the dining room because I didn't know anyone yet," said Becca Mooi (junior, social work major, Frankfort, Illinois). "In less than five minutes, an upperclassman started a conversation with me. One of the things I love best about Olivet is how students you don't know go out of their way to be kind and even open a door for you."

"Big smiles and friendly waves are common at Olivet," said Micah Forshee (freshman, engineering major, Grand Blanc, Michigan). "The students make Olivet such a warm and pleasant place to be."

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Family Health Care of Hoopeston Opens on Dixie Highway

Family Health Care of Hoopeston, an affiliate of Gibson Area Hospital, opened its new location at 705 South Dixie Highway in Hoopeston. The newly constructed facility is designed for patient comfort and convenience, featuring an easily accessible building with visibility, ample parking, numerous exam rooms, and spacious procedure rooms.

According to Gibson Area Hospital CEO Rob Schmitt, "The new clinic is a great addition and asset to the residents and the City of Hoopeston. GAHHS is committed to the community and this major investment shows the community we are here to stay.

GAHHS is proud to serve the residents of Hoopeston and the surrounding areas. This clinic will allow GAHHS to expand the number of specialist seeing patients in Hoopeston. In the near future, in addition to Family Medicine, Obstetrics, and General Surgery, we will have Urology, Cardiology, and Orthopedic providers seeing patients in the clinic." Schmitt also anticipates an open house for the community in the very near future.

Dr. Laura Smith and Dr. Adree Venatta practice as FP-OBs, which means they see patients of all ages and provide care from maternity care and infant and child wellness to chronic disease management and geriatric care.

For more information about Family Health Care of Hoopeston, please visit www.gibsonhospital.org.

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Fischer Selected to Top 15 at Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant

Miss Iroquois County Fair Queen, Brittany Fischer, was among the top 15 queens competing at state this past weekend.

Miss Fischer was among the seventy-four queens from across the state of Illinois participated in the four-day event at the Crown Plaza Convention Center in Springfield.

Fischer was selected to the Top 15 and competed in the finals competition which concluded the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Convention Sunday evening. Brittany is the daughter of Darrin and Julie Fischer of Watseka. She's a junior at Olivet Nazarene University majoring in elementary education.

The 2015 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen is Sadie Gassman of Richland County.

Brianna Klein of Morgan County was awarded first runner-up. Second runner-up went to Henry County represented by Maggie Schlindwein. Maria Meyer of Moultrie-Douglas County was named third runner-up.
Fourth runner-up was awarded to Meredith Timmons of Clinton County.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Kankakee, Danville, Champaign and Bloomington are cities in the WGFA-listening area hosting special remembrance events today as we respectfully honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The annual prayer breakfast is this morning (7:30 am) at the Quality Inn in Bradley. Larry Williams is serving as emcee. A service follows at the Zion Gate Missionary Baptist Church. The keynote speaker is the reverend Rodney Lake. The Lifetime Achievement Award winner will also be announced.

Danville has an annual MLK March and Motorcade thru downtown. It begins at 10:30 am.

Several places will be closed for MLK Jr. Day. Some schools are open, others close so students can attend remembrance services. All government offices, courts, post offices are not open. Most banks and some libraries are closed.

In Indianapolis, a survivor of an infamous church bombing in Alabama is in Indianapolis today to take part in the city's remembrances of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sarah Collins Rudolph was only 12-years-old in 1963 when white supremacists attacked the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Rudolph will speak at the Madame Walker Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

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Semi flips in Newton County, utility pole snapped

There was a power outage Friday afternoon in Newton County after a semi-trailer flipped over and snapped a utility pole.

The Sheriff's Office reported a semi was southbound on County Road 600 East, when for an unknown reason the semi flipped on its side and took out the utility pole.

Authorities said the semi snapped the utility pole and caused power to be lost in the area for a short time.
Utility crews quickly restored power. The semi driver was not injured.

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