Ford County businesses, agencies working to assist Gifford
Businesses and agencies in Ford County have stepped up to assist neighbors in nearby Gifford devastated Sunday's tornado.
The Paxton Record is a collection site for donations of toiletries and hosehold items. Another drop-off site is at Shields Automart Paxton. The Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton has offered to temporarily house displaced Gifford residents.
Gibson City and Paxton work crews helped get water service restored to the Gifford community. Ford County avoided the destruction that was caused by Sunday's storm system in the northern Champaign County town.
No tornado touched down in Ford County; there were only straight-line winds, according to the National Weather service.
Ford County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Dennis Higgins said he spent most of Sunday afternoon in Gifford and the surrounding rural area. Higgins said he first checked about a dozen homes in the country around Gifford, all of which were "completely gone or not livable at all," to make sure nobody was still in the homes or injured.
Higgins was also in Gifford after checking on about a 12-mile area.
Paxton Fire Chief Denny Kingren said six Paxton firefighters were in Gifford on Sunday helping to search and secure homes. Gibson Area Ambulance Service also sent two ambulance crews to Gifford.
PEORIA, Ill. (Nov. 19, 2013) — Every day patients across the country rely on blood donated through the American Red Cross. While the need is ongoing, the supply isn't always — especially during the holiday season, when many regular donors are busy with holiday activities. Donors of all blood types are currently needed to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients.
As part of the Give Something that Means Something winter campaign, blood donors can invite a loved one to follow in their footsteps or let someone know they gave in his or her honor with a customized postcard. Donors simply take a photo of a Red Cross moment, whether it's relaxing on a donor bed, enjoying a post-donation snack or meeting a blood recipient, then upload the photo and add a message at rcblood.org/holidaypostcard. The "postagram" will be mailed anywhere the donor chooses, courtesy of the Red Cross and Postagram.
Eligible donors can help the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply around the holidays. Appointments can be made by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Ford County Dec. 2 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. at Piper City Community Building, 64 W. Peoria St. in Piper City, Ill. Dec. 6 from 2-5:30 p.m. at Gibson City Masonic Lodge, 108 E. Eighth St. in Gibson City, Ill. Dec. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Paxton Buckley-Loda High School, 700 Panther Way in Paxton, Ill.
Iroquois County Dec. 4 from 1-7 p.m. at American Legion, 124 S. Second St. in Cissna Park, Ill. Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Donovan High School, 600 North St. in Donovan, Ill. Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, 200 E. Fairman Ave. in Watseka, Ill.
Kankakee County Dec. 2 from 12-6 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 225 E. Third in Herscher, Ill. Dec. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Kankakee Community College, 100 College Drive in Kankakee, Ill. Dec. 5 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Aroma Fire Department, 307 S. Bridge St. in Aroma Park, Ill. Dec. 9 from 12-4 p.m. at Court Street Ford, 558 William Latham Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. Dec. 11 from 1-7 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 175 S. Main St. in Manteno, Ill. Dec. 12 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
Livingston County Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at American Legion Home, 600 South 4th Street in Fairbury, Ill. –Platelet donations only. Platelet donations are taken by appointment only. Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at American Legion Home, 600 South 4th Street in Fairbury, Ill. –Platelet donations only. Platelet donations are taken by appointment only.
Vermilion County Dec. 2 from 2-6 p.m. at Community Church of God, 535 S. Bowman Ave. in Danville, Ill.
A section of State Road 26 in Indiana was shut down Thursday night after a 3-car crash. Six people were injured including two critically. Two people had to be extricated.
Tippecanoe County deputies report the accident happened around 6:15 pm, about four miles west of Rossville.
Police reported a woman southbound on county road 900 did not see the stop sign until the last second, hit her brakes and slid on to 26. That's where her car hit a truck heading west on 26, then colliding with a second car heading east.
Police said visibility was poor with the rain and the first driver wasn't familiar with the area.
The intersection was closed for more than two hours.
Ford County Board focus on its own new health department
The Ford County Board has created a "study group" to start forming its own independent health department.
Board Chairman Rick Bowen said the volunteer group will help define the county's needs. It's hoped the transition will be smooth to be ready to go by July 1, 2014. The existing Ford-Iroquois Public Department will dissolve, effective June 30th.
The Board Thursday also voted to approve its resolution to withdraw from the dual Ford-Iroquois association in favor of its own Ford County health department.
Bowen said a four-member study group will work with health professionals and help select the new health department's 8-member board of directors.
Last week, the Iroquois County Board also approved its own resolution to withdraw from the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department.