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City of Hoopeston restores 9-1-1 dispatch center

The Hoopeston City Council (Tuesday) voted to bring back its emergency dispatch center. And in the process, please a lot of towns=folks.

Now, finding a way to finance the operation is next. And it appears there may be a local one-percent sales tax referendum question on the future ballot to help pay to continue the dispatch service.

A proposal for the referendum was made to pay for the dispatch center, equipment and personnel. The motion though, was defeated.

The Council then approved an inter-governmental agreement to forward all local calls from the Vermilion County Dispatch Center to a designated-Hoopeston dispatch center.
The agreement has been in place since January. But few local people knew about it.

The Council now hopes to put its Hoopeston dispatch into operation quickly.

The agreement is under the umbrella of the Vermilion County Emergency Telephone System Board.

Mayor Bill Crusinberry is quick to point out, a one-percent sales tax for support would be shared by everyone making purchases in Hoopeston, not just a tax on local Hoopeston residents. It’s just like the public safety taxes already in place in several surrounding counties, where the tax on certain items supports public safety.

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Riverside Medical Center Receives the Women's Choice Award® as one of America's Best Hospitals for Heart Care

Riverside Medical Center has been named one of America's Best Hospitals for Heart Care by the Women's Choice Award®, a nationally recognized organization dedicated to female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of American women. Heart disease causes 1 in 3 deaths each year, taking the life of one woman every minute. Even more, heart disease is commonly thought of as a "man's disease," but it affects more women than men and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.

"We want to ensure that every woman has the education, tools and resources to keep her heart healthy, even before heart disease is diagnosed," said Dr. Nha Huynh, cardiologist at Riverside Heart & Vascular Institute. "That's why we stress the importance of early detection, which is available through a variety of screenings."

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Watseka Swing Choir Invitational this weekend

The 39th Annual Watseka Show Choir Invitational is set for Friday and Saturday at Watseka Community High School. Nine junior high teams and 14 high school groups perform on stage. Awards will be presented Saturday at 9:15 pm.

The junior high competition begins at 5 pm Friday.  The high school groups hit the stage beginning at 8:45 Saturday morning. 

Among the local junior-high schools competing:  the Cornjerker Connection" from Hoopeston, PBL's "Unlimited Attitude, Manteno High's "Grand Paws," and three teams from Danville...The "Radiant Reds," "Redcoats," and "Exhibition."  

The "GRS Singers" from Watseka's Glenn Raymond School perform in Exhibition.

Saturday's high school local performances include:  "New Direction" from Hoopeston, "Class Act" from Herscher, "Magic" from Manteno High School, and "Powerhouse" from Peotone.

The Watseka "Sensations" are in EDxhibition at 4:30 pm Saturday.

Awars are presented at 9:30 pm.  Weekend passes are available.  Tickets are still available.

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Iroquois West students perform “The Little Mermaid” this weekend

Talented students from Iroquois West high school are on stage this weekend...Thursday, Friday and Saturday performing the play “The Little Mermaid.” Shows are at 7 pm each night. Tickets are available. Call the school at 815-265-4229.

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Wind advisory for Illiana

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory in affect for a portion of East Central Illinois and Indiana today.

The advisory will be in effect from 9 am. until 6 pm. Wednesday night for Ford and Iroquois counties, Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Piatt, and Vermilion counties are included.

Winds are expected to be 25 to 35 miles per hour, gusting up to 45 or more.

Driving can be difficult under these conditions, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution, if you are traveling. You should also secure loose objects.

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