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NENA recognizes Iroquois County 9-1-1 Coordinator

      Ms. Dubble appointed to INENA/ILAPCO legislative committee

The Illinois Public Safety Telecommunications Association annual conference was held from October 19th to 22nd in Springfield. This conference is a joint conference between the Illinois National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and the Illinois Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO).

During this conference the Illinois NENA presents the INENA Thank You Awards. These awards are given to INENA members through a nomination process by their peers.
The award committee then selects the recipients. The awards are then presented on the evening of the banquet while at the conference.

This year, Nita Dubble from Iroquois County was selected as one of the recipients.

Nita was selected for all of her work she did this year educating her legislators about the issues with 9-1-1 in Illinois, especially the financial and funding issues. Nita worked diligently with her representatives. Nita's work encouraged Senator Jason Barickman testified on behalf of the legislation that was sponsored for 9-1-1.

Nita also can be found working the dispatch console with her employees during a busy or stressful situation.

Over the last 9 years, Nita has ran a 9-1-1 Camp for Kids. This camp provides learning experiences for grade school children in different aspects of safety. They have done bicycle safety, agricultural safety, 9-1-1 safety and others.

Nita was recently appointed to the INENA/ILAPCO legislative committee. This appointment is made by presidents of the associations. Nita has always been involved on the legislative front in her own community. She has participated on the annual "9-1-1 Goes to Springfield", in which the 9-1-1 entities converge on Springfield and have appointments with their legislators to talk to them about the 9-1-1 issues.

"Nita is a true asset for Iroquois County. It takes professionalism and a hands-on, caring person to be involved and stay involved in keeping the public's safety in the fore-front," said Sandy Beitel, Illinois NENA President and Ogle County 9-1-1 Coordinator.

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‘Visionary Award’ presented at KCC Foundation Dinner

KANKAKEE --Donors and scholarship recipients gathered last night for the annual KCC Foundation Dinner.

The Partnership Award was presented to Riverside Medical Center.

The Visionary Award was presented to KCC Foundation founder Maggie Frogge. She serves as a KCC Foundation Board member. KCC President John Avendano said "Maggie has been a champion for the college in so many ways."

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NWS predicts a drier, less harsh winter

As the leaves color and fall, you might be remembering what we went through last winter.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is extending some good news: It should be a drier and less harsh winter in Central Illinois.

NOAA came out with its winter temperature and precipitation outlook on Thursday. In NOAA terms, winter is December, January and February.

Meteorologist Chuck Schaffer said one of the contributing factors to that prediction is the impact of an El Nino, a warming of water in the Pacific Ocean that affects wind and weather patterns.
Schaffer said, "It's not an El Nino yet; It's expected to be weak."

Schaffer said there is nothing to suggest Central Illinois will receive above- or below-normal precipitation, leading to an "equal chance."

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Police hunt after a vehicle is stolen in rural Vermilion County

Police in Vermilion County were joined by state authorities late Tuesday afternoon searching an area near Potomac for a man who was driving a stolen vehicle.

The search began mid-morning at Illinois 136 and a rural road west of Potomac, when a Vermilion County sheriff's deputy on patrol saw a Jeep that had been reported stolen.

The Jeep's driver took off down a gravel road. The deputy found the vehicle abandoned several miles away.

Search dogs and a State Police plane were brought in to assist.

Two suspects were in custody late Tuesday afternoon. Detailed charges have not been announced.


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Heartland Spa & Fitness Resort closing its door

It's been a popular fitness resort for some 30 years, tucked in the quiet farm ground of rural Iroquois County. It's also been a relaxing comfort zone for many celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey...even though celebrity visits were kept quiet.

Today, the Heartland Spa & Fitness Resort near Gilman has been sold. A news release states the facility will close November 30.

The news statement points out the new owner is a family-owned corporation in the nursing home, senior healthcare and rehab industries. Plans call for major renovations which will begin soon after the closing.

The Heartland Spa is encouraging people to use any gift certificates before the November 30 closing.

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