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Special Ford-Iroquois health board meeting in Watseka

The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department board meets today (Monday) in special session. The 7 pm meeting has a different location. The meeting will be held at the Administrative Center in Watseka.

A scheduling conflict at the Gilman-Danforth Library forced the meeting to find an alternative location.

The meeting agenda is likely to find members discussing the advantages and drawbacks of dissolving the two-county health agency.

The meeting is open to the public.

A committee comprising members of the Ford and Iroquois county boards agreed in September to send a recommendation to both county boards, plus the bi-county board of health, to look into the advantages and drawbacks of dissolving the health department. Action to dissolve the agency could take place in November.

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“Special auction” at Cissna Park Fire Fundraiser

Cissna Park's Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its annual Chicken Fry Sunday. And reflections of the community's 1984 water tower will be featured.

The annual chicken fry includes a raffle and auction. A clock, made from the 1894 water tower, will be included in the raffle. Tickets are available from members of the fire department and at the chicken dinner.

A special fundraiser this year includes a large clock made from the wood of the 1894 water tower. It'll go to the high-bidder in a silent auction. E-mail bids are accepted until !2 Noon today (Sat). The E-mail is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(That's b a i e r s k @ yahoo.com)

When emailing your bid, specify "Water Tower Clock Bid" in the email heading. The minimum bid is $100.00 dollars.

By the way....the Chicken Fry is Sunday at the Cissna Park Fire Station.serving from 11 am until 5 pm. The raffle follows the dinner.

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Fire training ribbon-cutting in Watseka Saturday

An Open House and ribbon-cutting event today (Sat) features the Fire Training Center on the west edge of Watseka.

The Watseka Area Firefighters Association invites the public and business-community to see what the training center is all about. Already in use, several area fire departments and fire protection districts are welcome to use the facility. It's adaptable for several scenarios that firefighters may experience.

Refreshments will be available for today's Open House and Grand Opening.

The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce extends an invite for today's ribbon-cutting at 11 am.

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School lockdown in Kankakee, react to gunfire

There was an obvious police presence today in a Kankakee alley near Oak and Chestnut Streets. Police responded to reports of gunfire.

The gunfire in the neighborhood prompted Kankakee School District 111 officials to implement a "soft lockdown" procedure. The lockdown was at two schools, the King Middle School and Lincoln Cultural Center. A school official confirms students were present in their classrooms and classes were in session, but extra precautions were being taken.

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Former Limestone Fire Chief, Brosseau, apologizes for Theft

Kankakee County Judge Clark Erickson delayed the sentencing of former Limestone Fire Chief Jeff Brosseau. Another court date is set for next Friday (Oct 11th).

Brosseau admitted stealing $55,000 from the Kankakee Valley Firemen's Association. He faces anywhere from probation to seven-years in prison.

Erickson is considering local jail time of nights or weekends as means of punishment.

Brosseau pleaded guilty, admitting his fault while using the money to pay debts not to buy personal items. The former fire chief actually paid back $19,000 of the money stolen before he was charged. The theft took place between December of 2006 thru early 2009.

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