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Watseka’s future focus of Candidates Forum

The local job market, alleviating storm water back-up, finding a balance between downtown business and the eastside development are all issues that presented questions for Watseka’s mayoral and Ward 1 aldermanic candidates at a form last night.

Fifty-five people attended the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event at celebrations to hear Mayor Bob Harwood and John Burch answer questions.

Incumbent alderman Marvin Purvis and challenger Mark Garfield also addressed the audience. They answered questions about ways to improve Watseka’s image and attracting better-paying job opportunities.

Bob Harwood likes what’s happened in first four years as mayor.

John Burch hi-lited some reasons he believes the city needs new direction.
Marvin Purvis and Mark Garfield talked about issues that affect Ward 1.

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Fire destroys vacant Sheldon house

A fire of un-determined origin destroyed a vacant house in rural Sheldon Wednesday night. No injury was involved.

Sheldon Fire was assisted with mutual aide by Concord and Watseka Fire. The original call alerted Sheldon at 8:45 pm.to 1950 N and 2630 E. Firemen were at the scene intil Midnight. Sheldon was dispatched again at 3 am Thursday when the fire rekindled.

Sheldon Fire Chief Stan Molter reported the fire is believed to have started in the attic of the 2-story house, which was a rental unit owned by Charlie Darrough.

 

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Watseka Mayoral race, aldermanic post featured in forum

Incumbent Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood and challenger John Burch will answer questions and present views on issues tonight (Thurs) in Watseka.

A candidates forum is sponsored by the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce. The program welcomes the public at 7 pm at Celebrations.

The forum presents a platform for open discussion of issues going into the April 9 Consolidated Election. Contested races are presented for open discussion.

Also invited to speak are 1st Ward aldermanic candidates, incumbent Marvin Purvis and challenger Mark Garfield.

 

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The Iroquois County Board has called a special meeting for 8am Monday

The Iroquois County Board Chairman has scheduled a special meeting for 8 am Monday.The meeting is for removing and replacing three Iroquois County members of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department Board.

The special meeting comes on the heels of Tuesday’s regular County Board meeting when a flaw in the wording of the agenda didn’t allow a vote to replace the three members, who were asked to resign, but refused.

A 20-year volunteer veteran of the Board of Health, Diane Clatterbuck stated she nor the other board members have done anything wrong to merit resigning.

Supporters of the health department are quietly voicing their opposition to what they call “a vindictive agenda against the health board by Chairman Copas and his supporters. Rod Copas has been outspoken in efforts to have them replaced since the health department announced plans to provide home health care services in neighboring Indiana. Copas says the board has no legal authority to operate out of state.

Copas has since listed several problem areas in how the health board operates and he’s questioned budget matters and purchases, which the health board says are all justified and passed inspections by auditors.


Copas wanted a vote Tuesday to remove Dr. Alexander Michalow and nurses Diane Clatterbuck and Jill Kaeb. Clatterbuck and Kaeb have said they would not resign.

Monday's special meeting convenes at 8 am in the county board room of the Clifford Bury Administration Center in Watseka.

 

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Pope Francis - selected Wednesday

Pope Francis is the first Pontiff from the Americas. Argentine Jorge Bergoglio is the first Pope ever from the Americas and first from outside Europe in more than a millenium.