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Need for blood continues during holiday season

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.

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Indiana crash injures three

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.

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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.

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Vermilion County: officer-involved shooting investigated

The Illinois State Police has investigators looking into an officer-involved shooting. Reports said it involved a 20-year-old man from Danville.

The shooting happened about 4:15 Thursday morning on Georgetown Road, in Danville.

A domestic disturbance alerted Vermilion County Sheriff's deputies When they arrived, 20-year old Caleb Emory was at the residence.

At some point, Emory was shot by a deputy. State Police were not releasing all the details. Emory was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to state police.

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IEMA, FEMA, SBA begin Tornado Damage Assessments

New damage assessments from the National Weather Service show that at least 15 tornadoes hit Illinois during Sunday's storms.

Vermilion County has been added to those counties already included in a disaster declaration. Assessments will be made in Gifford, Diamond, Coal City, and Washington.

IEMA is teaming up with FEMA, the U-S Small Business Administration, and local officials in the process of assessing the tornado damage.

Central parts of the state had the most with seven twisters, including one that hit Washington. It had 190 mph winds and was on the ground for 46 miles.

Four tornadoes swept through rural areas to the south and southwest of Chicago city. The closest was an EF-2 that dissipated about 35 miles from downtown Chicago near the village of Frankfort.

Three more tornadoes struck the St. Louis area and south-central Illinois, and one hit far southern Illinois, including the community of Brookport.

Weather Service meteorologist Ed Shimon says teams are out again Wednesday and could confirm a 16th tornado in Jasper County, where numerous people reported seeing a funnel cloud.

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