The Illinois Sheriffs' Association and the Iroquois County Sheriff's Golf Outing have announced this year's scholarship winners. Recipients are all recent high school graduates with plans to pursue university degrees.
Theresa Trask of Cissna Park was awarded a $500 scholarship from the Illinois Sheriffs' Association. The Cissna Park grad will attend DePaul University to pursue a management degree.
Elizabeth Duis, Jacob Emerson, McKensie Hagen and Andrew Hack are all $1,000 scholarship winners, courtesy of the Iroquois County Sheriff's Golf Outing Scholarship for 2016-2017.
Miss Duis is a Milford High School graduate. She plans to attend Butler University to pursue a science degree.
Jacob Emerson is a grad of St. Anne High School. He'll pursue a Biochemistry degree from the University of Illinois.
McKensie Hagen graduated from Watseka High School. Her plan is to attend Butler University for a degree in Pharmacy and Chemistry.
Andre Hack graduated this year from Central High School at Clifton. He'll seek a degree in engineering at the U of I.
Finding the means to lessen the impact of natural hazards is the focus of a hazard mitigation meeting in Watseka next week. The Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will host the second meeting for renewal of the County Hazard Mitigation Plan.
The meeting is Tuesday, July 12, at 1 pm at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Iroquois County Courthouse.
The county-wide mitigation plan addresses natural hazards, including tornadoes, floods, and blizzards, which impact Iroquois County. The focus is to develop long-term proposals on how to lessen the severity of these hazards in the communities.
This is the second meeting in the process to renew the Hazard Mitigation Plan. The public is welcome to attend. Local elected and appointed officials are encouraged to participate in the meetings to establish long-term plans and cooperation across Iroquois County.
The Watseka City Council is meeting in special session next week (Tuesday 7/12) to find solutions to increased rates for health insurance.
The employee health insurance premium is being bumped up 50% by current provider Humana. The premium will increase from $12,000 to $19,000. The current policy expires July 31st, so urgent action is needed to allow time for any new arrangement to take shape.
Mayor Bob Harwood said it's a tough pill to swallow. Decision must be made. Five other insurance carriers have submitted proposals for city leaders to consider.
Twenty-one city employees are covered 100% under the current policy.
Dr. Stephen Nacco is the choice to lead Danville Area Community College. He was announced and introduced Wednesday as the new president of DACC. Nacco will succeed the retiring Alice Marie Jacobs.
Nacco is a New Jersey man. He has spent 30-plus years in higher education, half in administration. He said he's eager and ready to take the reins of Danville Area Community College later this summer.
Nacco will be on the job by mid-August. He'll work with Dr. Jacobs during a transition period.
Trustees unanimously approved appointing him as the seventh president in DACC's 70-year history.
Board Chairman Dave Harby said the details of his contract are still being worked out, but he expects trustees to vote on it at their July meeting.
Nacco, who began his career as an English instructor and is currently the vice president of administrative services for Union County College, N.J., was selected from among three finalists. There were 44 original applicants.
The others were Melissa Denardo, the provost/vice president of learning and student success at the Community College of Beavery County, in Beaver, Penn.; and Douglas Brauer, the vice president for economic development and innovative workforce solutions for Richland Community College in Decatur.
Harby said all three finalists had "outstanding" credentials.