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Bourbonnais Sportsplex purchase stirs criticism

Could the Bourbonnais Park District be abolished ? That's something the citizens watchdog group OUTRAGE is talking about as it responds to a news story last week, that the park district plans to lease the former Hidden Cove Sportsplex.

The plan to lease what's been recently known as Legends Sportsplex comes after voters last year voted NO to have the park district take over the facility. Yet, now the plan is to lease it and eventually own it in 10 years.

Should the matter go back on the ballot to abolish the park district, it would take organizers over 4,000 signatures to place the question on a ballot. In November of 2012, voters rejected the idea of the park district taking over the facility by 2-1 margin.

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Local home-building company provides disaster assistance

                                                    All American Homes

It's a first step toward rebuilding after a disaster. And in Watseka, Designer Homes & Development are one of the home-building firms that can provide more-immediate help to those who lost their home.

Juanita Muller says the All American Disaster Relief Program can be an affordable solution – and with discounts. Muller says often times, home can be built and be ready to move in within 100 days.

And there's also priority scheduling for disaster victims, meaning disaster-victims get moved to the front of the waiting list.

And weather isn't a big factor like it could be for other builders. Designer homes are built in a controlled environment and delivered to the job site. Construction is completed a short time.

Randy & Juanita Muller have been Designer Homes reps for the last 15 years.

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Ford County businesses, agencies working to assist Gifford

Businesses and agencies in Ford County have stepped up to assist neighbors in nearby Gifford devastated Sunday's tornado.

The Paxton Record is a collection site for donations of toiletries and hosehold items. Another drop-off site is at Shields Automart Paxton. The Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton has offered to temporarily house displaced Gifford residents.

Gibson City and Paxton work crews helped get water service restored to the Gifford community.
Ford County avoided the destruction that was caused by Sunday's storm system in the northern Champaign County town.

No tornado touched down in Ford County; there were only straight-line winds, according to the National Weather service.

Ford County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Dennis Higgins said he spent most of Sunday afternoon in Gifford and the surrounding rural area. Higgins said he first checked about a dozen homes in the country around Gifford, all of which were "completely gone or not livable at all," to make sure nobody was still in the homes or injured.

Higgins was also in Gifford after checking on about a 12-mile area.

Paxton Fire Chief Denny Kingren said six Paxton firefighters were in Gifford on Sunday helping to search and secure homes. Gibson Area Ambulance Service also sent two ambulance crews to Gifford.

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Vermilion County Workshops focus on Affordable Care Act

The Vermilion County Health Department hosted two free information workshops on the Affordable Care Act.

The public is invited to attend both workshops, one at the health department in Danville and another at Danville High School Thursday.

The workshops provided information about the government health marketplace, government subsidies available for health coverage, and how to enroll.

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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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