Area counties in 94.1 WGFA listening neighborhood are under a Flash Flood Warning thru mid-day today (Thursday). Rainfall ranging from 2 up to over four inches has been recorded. Several roads are flooded, some routes closed or barricaded. Motorists need to be aware of changing road conditions.
FORD COUNTY, IROQUOIS COUNTY, SOUTHEASTERN LIVINGSTON COUNTY, KANKAKEE COUNTY ARE ALL INCLUDED IN THE WARNING. NEWTON, BENTON, JASPER COUNTY in northwest Indiana also under the warning.
LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTED WIDESPREAD FLOODING STILL OCCURRING ACROSS THE WARNED AREA.WHICH INCLUDED HIGH FLOWING WATER ON AREA ROADS.
Watseka native Helen Todd is back in Iroquois County producing and directing the opera's 'The Magic Flute' this weekend.
The Sugar Creek Opera again offers professional opera talent. It's the 13th year for the opera in Iroquois County.
"The Magic Flute" will be performed Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Harold and Jean Miner Auditorium at Central High School in Clifton.
Filled with colorful, flowing costumes in a mythical land between the sun and the moon, "The Magic Flute" has many of the elements of a fairy tale, with a handsome prince, a love story and the rescue of a princess.
Emphasizing the family theme, Todd says this is the first year Sugar Creek is offering two specifically priced student tickets. A college student, from 18-24, can get in for $25. A student from 6-18 can attend for $20. Tickets for adults range from $40 to $75. For information, go to sugarcreekopera.com, or call 1-815-432-3830.
Watseka reacts to false ‘social media’ information
** CITY WATER IS SAFE **
Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood is clarifying what he says is false information circulating about the city's drinking water.
The mayor issued a statement (Thursday) saying the City of Watseka is aware of erroneous and irresponsible information posted on social media concerning the drinking water in the city.
A post made June 30th stated the city water supply was contaminated with ecoli. That same day, the mayor said, three samples were taken and sent to an independent lab. Those samples came back free of any contaminants. Yesterday (Thursday), another post on social media suggested the water was contaminated with ebola; the mayor said it was another erroneous and irresponsible post.
The public supply of drinking water in Watseka is safe for human consumption and there is no cause for concern.
Ford County informational meeting Monday on proposed swine facility expansion
The Illinois Department of Agriculture has scheduled a meeting for 6 pm Monday (7/6) to provide information about a proposed expansion of a hog operation in Ford County.
The Steidinger swine facility northwest of Gibson City is looking to double its size. Colin and Clint Steidinger filed their application with the state in April. The application request would double the size of the current 24-hundred head facility.
Brad Beaver, program manager for the department's Livestock Management Facilities Program. said the informational meeting "will allow the public to learn what is being proposed and provide any comments they have about the facility and ask any questions they have about the operation."
The Ford County Board, within 30 days of the meeting, would then provide the state Ag department with its recommendation on whether the application meets the siting criteria.
The County Board's non-binding recommendation would then be acted on by the Agriculture department. The ag department will have the final say on whether to approve or deny the application, but Beaver stressed that the department usually strongly considers a county board's recommendation.
Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka is announcing that Rodney Alford, M.D., Internal Medicine/Pediatric specialist, will begin seeing patients at the IMH Multi Specialty Physicians Clinic in early August.
Dr. Alford graduated from Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Illinois. He went on to complete his residency at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital (Cook County Hospital), Chicago.
He has served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois School of Medicine and is an Associate Professor at Loyola University – Stritch School of Medicine, Illinois. Dr. Alford is a Preceptor for The Primary Care Immersion Experience for Medical students at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, Illinois. He also is a preceptor for Nurse Practitioners at multiple universities including Purdue University, Olivet Nazarene University, and Governor's State University.
Dr. Alford is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of internal Medicine. He is a member, delegate, and trustee for 11 counties of the Illinois State Medical Society. Dr. Alford speaks Spanish as a second language.
He has won several awards, including: The 50 Most Positive Doctors of America, the National Jefferson Award from the American Institute for Public Service, and the highest award for Public Service given to a U.S. Citizen, the Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis Award. Dr. Alford has been the recipient of the Damien Humanitarian Award of Loyola University, the Dr. Martin Luther King Service and Leadership Award of Loyola University Medical School, the PUSH – EXCEL Above and Beyond Award, as well as the NAACP Image Award for Medicine.
Dr. Alford's philosophy of care is: "Exceptional health care only exists when there is excellent communication between the patient and the entire team of health care providers. My goal of maintaining exceptional health care for my patients always involves providing education as the entire individual (Mind, Body, and Soul) is treated."