Local public health officials received verification of laboratory tests today on a bird collected in Iroquois County.
According to Doug Corbett, Public Health Administrator, a crow was found in Gilman on July 16th and submitted to the health department for testing. Corbett stated that laboratory tests received today confirmed that the bird was positive for the West Nile virus.
Corbett said the season for West Nile virus will not be over until the weather is much cooler and mosquito larvae are not capable of development. He said if we have rain in the next few weeks and the temperatures stay elevated, we still have the potential for further mosquito crop development.
The health department, again, offers advice to residents to protect themselves against the West Nile virus. Get rid of any water-holding containers such as tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles and old tires. Fill in low places where water can stand in your yard. Keep gutters free of leaves and debris. Keep drains, ditches, and culverts free of weeds and trash so water will drain properly.
Gridley crash victim identified, two others hospitalized
The McLean County Coroner's office identified the victim killed in a Saturday afternoon crash near Gridley. And two people remain hospitalized following the crash between a pickup truck and an SUV.
The victim has been identified as 72-year-old John Bruner of Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He and his fiancee were traveling from Iowa to Indiana on Route 24 when they were hit by a westbound SUV which has crossed into the eastbound lane.
State Police report it happened just west of County Road 1800 East. The SUV hit the pickup truck Bruner was driving.
Bruner was pronounced dead at the scene. Bruner's fiancee, 75-year-old Katherine Daniel from Virginia, was taken to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, where she is in stable condition.
The driver of the SUV, 18-year-old Brady McWilliams of El Paso, was air-lifted to Peoria, where he is stable. State Police report McWilliams was ticketed for improper lane usage.
A two-vehicle crash on Route 150 Friday left a Fithian man dead. 58-year-old James Davis II was pronounced dead at the scene. Illinois State Police say the accident occurred about 7:30 am at the Glover Overpass.
Davis was westbound about one mile east of St. Joseph. Troopers say 55-year-old Colleen Shields of St. Joseph was eastbound along the highway. Davis reportedly pulled into the path of Shields vehicle.
Shields was taken to Carle Hospital in Urbana.
The crash remains under investigation by Illinois State Police and the Champaign County Coroner.
Jani Massey & Emily Duis; Kelsey Lubben & Meegan Massey top winners in Iroquois County 2013 Fair Talent Show >
A vocal duet by Jani Massey and Emily Duis captured first-place in the Junior Division at this year's Iroquois County Fair Talent Show. The girls sang "Home."
A vocal duet also earned top honors in the Senior Division. Kelsey Lubben and Meegan Massey teamed up to sing "Falling Slowly."
The four girls, respectively, will represent Iroquois County at the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs State Talent Contest next January in Springfield.
The 42nd annual Iroquois County Fair Talent Show hosted approximately 100 spectators and fans sitting inside and standing outside the 4-H Center to cheer their favorite contestants. Eight youth from the county entertained the crowd with their vocal performances as they vied for trophy picture frames and prize money. Also taking to the stage were last year's winning contestants in both the Junior and Senior Divisions.
During the fifty minute interim between division competitions, Lucas Sanor, the 2008 Iroquois County Fair Talent Show Senior Division winner, returned to the stage with his alto sax in his hand and a band of friends to accompany him.
Following both the Junior Division and Senior Division competitions, Mistress of Ceremonies, Jayne Henrichs, announced the winners. The 2013 Miss Iroquois County Fair Queen Kymber Nakaerts, of Clifton, presented the winning contestants with acrylic picture frames donated by Meier Brother Tire Service in Ashkum; winners also received ribbons and cash donations from the Iroquois County Fair Association. All contestants received participation ribbons at the conclusion of the show.
Jani Massey and Emily Duis, secured the Junior Division first place. The girls sang a vocal duet, "Home," accompanied by Jani on her guitar.
Dolly Murray, a vocalist, captured the second place honors in the Junior Division. Dolly, donned with roller skates on her feet, sang "Brand New Key." At the end of her performance, a member from the crowd, handed Dolly a key on a lanyard.
Mary Thrall, a vocalist, won third place in the Junior Division. Mary sang "Amazing Grace" a cappella. Kelsey Lubben and Meegan Massey, a vocal duet, won the first place title in the Senior Division. The duo sang "Falling Slowly."