"The Promise of Christmas" in Iroquois County this weekend
Five performances of "The Promise of Christmas" are being presented this year in Watseka. The Iroquois County Cantata is offered at the First Christian Church on N. 6th Street. The first two performances are today (Friday 12/18) at 6 and 8 pm. Two more presentations are Sunday (12/20) at 2 and 4 pm. The final performance is Wednesday 12/23 at 7 pm.
Acting-Director named at VA Illiana Health Care in Danville
A new Acting Director has been named for the VA Illiana Health Care System. Stephanie Young comes to Danville from Michigan. She will lead the operations of primary and secondary healthcare services for Veterans residing in central Illinois and west-central Indiana.
The new Acting Director says providing personalized, patient-driven health care for Veterans is her commitment. ''In every position I have ever held in VA, improving care for our Veterans has been my top priority,'' Young said.
Young is encouraging others to look for ways to improve health care for Veterans. ''Whether it involves enhancing technology, community outreach, expanded services, or refining call center processes.
– A Benton Central teacher and coach has resigned.
Tyler Rosenbarger turned in his resignation to the school board last month. He had been on administrative leave following an investigation by Indiana State Police, according to Benton Community School Corporation Superintendent Gregg Hoover.
Rosenbarger was both a teacher and the head baseball coach. What the investigation was all about has been unclear, since investigators have said there was no victim involved, so there was no crime committed.
Rosenbarger's resignation ends any further proceedings by the school.
Iroquois County's 2015 Toys for Tots program again brought many volunteers together. The toys distribution is this weekend at the Watseka Depot, just off South 2nd Street...
One of the Coordinators Cindy Guttendorf. Her family's been involved in the highly-successful program. She says thanks to the area businesses and individuals and the Toys for Tots Foundation for the help....
The distribution Saturday runs from 9 am 'til 3 pm. Questions can be directed to 815-263-2381.
Illinois’ budget impasse threatens closure of Ford County Public Health Department
The state of Illinois' ongoing budget impasse is coming ever so close to home. The lack of a state budget and non-payment of reimbursements to agencies may force the closure of the Ford County Public Health Department.
Administrator Lana Sample informs the County Board there's already a hiring freeze, keeping two recent full-time vacancies open, and she's considering furloughs to limit paid work weeks to four and maybe three days.
Many health departments in Illinois are struggling financially as a result of no state budget. Among county health departments participating in a recent statewide survey, 36 percent said they had cut staff, office hours or programs as of the start of November.
Some health departments are suing the state to try to force the Legislature to appropriate funding on their behalf, and it appears the Illinois Public Health Association may join in that effort, too.
The Paxton Record reports, should the health department close, restaurant inspections would go away, there would be no well or septic inspections, and may senior citizen services and elder abuse programs would not be available. Several other health services would be hurt too.