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Milford looks toward a single Unit School District

A single, unit school district for a given community could bring a substantial increase in state aid payments. And—the Milford school officials are moving toward a merger between the Milford High School District #233 and Grade School District #280.

Forming a single, unit district could result in an additional $1 million, $550,000 for the school. The general state aide formula would also benefit, according to Milford Superintendent Dale Hastings. 

Consolidating the two current school districts would also streamline the government process, benefitting teachers and students. The educational tax rate would NOT change.

A public hearing on the process could be scheduled by the Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Office of Education as soon as this Fall. The matter could go to referendum by March of 2014.

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National Shortage of Tuberculin Leads to Local Restrictions


Ford and Iroquois Counties – Public health officials responded today to the shortage of Tybersol, the product made by Sanofi-Pasteur and used to conduct Tuberculosis (TB) skin tests. According to Dee Ann Schippert, Community and School Health Coordinator for the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department, the agency will follow the recommendations provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health until the shortage is resolved. Mrs. Schippert said only high priority groups will be tested utilizing Tubersol at this time. “Individuals who are in contact with a person with pulmonary or laryngeal TB, persons whose immune systems are compromised and persons with symptoms suggestive of TB disease will receive Tubersol,” said Schippert.

Mrs. Schippert said this is a temporary situation and persons who are in need of testing but do not fit into one of the above priority groups, should contact the health department prior to going to the Paxton or Watseka offices to have a TB skin test. “We are not sure how long this shortage will be so it is important that residents call in to make sure we have a supply of Tubersol before making a trip to one of our offices.”

For more information or to check on the supply, call 217-379-9281 in Paxton or 815-432-2483 in Watseka.

submitted by:  Ford-Iroquois Department of Public Health

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Fowler Man Sentenced on Meth Charge

A Fowler, Indiana man has been sentenced to six years in prison and then another six years probation for a felony meth charge.

21-year-old Adam Martin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

It was last July when officers responded to a report of suspicious activity and found that Martin and Patricia Ziegler had just used a meth lab.

Martin was sentenced Thursday to six years in the Department of Corrections. The judge added on probation following his release from prison.

Ziegler got the same sentenced earlier this year.

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Watseka Road Construction, 9th Street Closed

Travel note for local motorists in Watseka...9th Street from Porter Avenue to Lincoln Avenue is closed through at least mid-day today (Fri). A road construction project continues there.

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Presence St. Mary’s Foundation to Honor Sharon Jackson

The board of trustees of Presence St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation is pleased to honor Sharon M. Jackson as the recipient of the 2013 Servant Leader of the Year award. A recognition dinner will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at the Kankakee Country Club.

In selecting Jackson for this award, the board of trustees cited her leadership in advancing the philanthropic growth, culture, and integrity of the Kankakee area.

Jackson has served as the director of fund-raising and special events at Bishop McNamara Catholic High School since 1985. During that time, she initiated several student service groups and began the annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the community. In addition, she has overseen many annual fund-raising auctions for the school and re-launched the Irish Alumni Association and Ceile calendar project.

Over the years, Jackson has served on the board of Catholic Charities. Currently, she is a member of the Aquinas School Board. She is a charter member of St. Teresa Church in Kankakee.