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New Direction for Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department

Ford-Iroquois Department of Public

Health meets with new direction

GILMAN – New members and perhaps, new direction may be the order of business for the recently-overhauled Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department. The Board of Health gathered in Gilman Tuesday night for its first meeting with newly-appointed members from Iroquois County.

Lauren Luecke joined Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas as representatives for Iroquois County. Member Michelle Fairley was absent. Her job responsibilities at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, it was mentioned, prevented her attendance at the meeting.

Luecke and Fairley, last month, were appointed by the Iroquois County Board. Three other past members were ousted by the County Board.

Attorney Ron Boyer, representing the Ford-Iroquois Health Board, offered a few suggestions at the start, telling the board it may be wise and most-beneficial to "try and get along and get on with business," and put to rest recent threats of lawsuits.

Public Health Administrator Doug Corbett spent a good bunch of the meeting time explaining the department's many contractual arrangements, many of them thru grants. He also explained claims and detailed some of the expenses included in the department's budget.

Attendees commented about the mild-mannered, civil attitude during the meeting. Iroquois County Board members in attendance, Ernie Curtis and Marvin Stichnoth, agreed 'it's too bad this approach of sitting down and talking didn't happen weeks ago, before the controversy and allegations surfaced into newspaper headlines.

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Fire Victim identified in fatal Benton County Blaze

A Benton County woman is dead after a house fire Tuesday afternoon. Benton County Sheriff Butch Pritchett identified 63-year-old Linda Spicer as the victim.

The emergency call came in shortly before 1 p.m. on State Road 71, south of Kentland.

Earl park firemen answered the emergency call to find the house engulfed. Investigators believe it began in the area of the garage but the cause is unknown.

The state fire marshal's office is investigating.

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Drowning in Braidwood Lake

A Maywood (IL) man drowned Monday evening in Braidwood Lake. It was an apparent fishing accident,

65-year-old Charles Johnson was pronounced dead at 9:45 pm Monday at Riverside Medical Center.

It’s believed he fell from a boat after he stood up.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner said people in another boat retrieved Johnson from the water and administered CPR. But he was pronounced dead when he reached the hospital.

Braidwood Lake, owned by Commonwealth Edison, is part of the Mazonia State Fish and Wildlife Area in Grundy County.

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Benton County woman dies in fire

A Benton County, Indiana woman died after a house fire Tuesday afternoon.

The victim’s identity is being withheld at this time.

The emergency call came just before 1 o’clock. The location was on State Road 71, south of Kentland.

Earl Park firemen answered the call. The state fire marshal's office is investigating.

Investigators believe it began in the area of the garage but the cause is unknown.

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Teens injured in Iroquois County rollover

Five teenagers, including a 16-year-old driver were injured Monday evening in a single-vehicle rollover accident.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police investigated at 2100 E and 2100 N Road.

The injured were taken to Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.  Two were air-lifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana for treatment of injuries.

The 16-year-old driver was cited for Failure to Reduce Speed.  Sher was also ticketed for Violation of Illinois' Restricted Driving Permit, that's the Graduated Driver Law limiting the number of passengers to one for a young driver.

IMH and Martinton Ambulance and Watseka Fire responded to the call.


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