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Iroquois County Board schedules special meeting to fill vacancy on Board of Health

The Iroquois County Board has scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, July 30th. The meeting announcement refers to an appointment to fill a vacancy on the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department Board.

The special meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the Administrative Center in Watseka. It is open to the public.

The Board of Health has tried operating since March with one less member.

The Iroquois County Board voted then to remove Dr. Alexander Michalow and replace two of Iroquois County's other four board of health representatives. The reason cited was for alleged "neglect of duty." Two of the positions have since been filled, while County Board Rod Copas serves as Iroquois County's other board of health member.

The former members were removed and replaced when they refused to resign when asked by Copas to do so. Copas has said the board of health needs new direction.
The board of health includes four members from each of the two counties.

The two county boards have been at odds over the position of health department administrator Doug Corbett. The Iroquois County Board has voted to move for removal of Corbett as administrator.

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Neglect, confinement charges filed against Fowler couple

The prosecutor's office in Benton County, IN is further reviewing a case against a Fowler couple accused of neglect of an adult woman in their care.

Several charges were filed against 54-year-old Cheryl Brown and her husband, 60-year-old Gerald Brown. Indiana State Police conducted the investigation after a Lafayette hospital reported the neglect of an adult female who appeared starved and had a bed sore.

The State Police report says the adult female had been tied to a bed to keep her from getting up and moving around, which was reportedly done to keep her from falling down and hurting herself.

State Police said after a thorough investigation, the Benton County Prosecutor's Office reviewed the case and formal charges were filed against the couple on May 29.
Cheryl Brown faces charges of: criminal confinement with injuries, a Class C felony; neglect of an adult, a Class D felony; and false informing.

Gerald Brown was charged with false informing, a Class A misdemeanor.

The victim has been moved to an adult care facility and the case is ongoing.

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"Best We Could Get" says Ethanol Industry Leader

It appears that the decade long ethanol subsidy will come to an end as July closes.  WGFA National Farm Broadcaster Ken Root, has reaction and prediction from the ethanol industry: 

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Jasper County, Indiana drawing more jobs

An auto parts distribution center in Remington, Indiana continues to draw more employment opportunities.

Jasper County officials say the Advanced Auto Parts distribution center has brought in more than 400 jobs. The local manager says over the next six to eight weeks, they want to hire 100 more people to get work at full capacity.

Human Resource Manager Brian Chupp says one reason they will be a driving force in the local economy is because they allow workers to advance in their careers.

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Kankakee Economic Alliance Plan welcomes input

Visitors are welcome today at a public meeting in Kankakee. The Kankakee Economic Alliance meets at 5:30 pm at Presence St. Mary's Hospital. Input is welcome about the county's economic development plan. The meeting is at the Franco Conference Center at the hospital.

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