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Garage Community Center relishing the blessings of Pastor Jim Small

It was the brainchild of a man, a Christian man who wanted to help the area youth. And Pastor Jim Small’s effort now finds several young people sharing in the concept of a ‘safe place to hang out.’

It was Pastor Small who took an idea, ran with it, gathered supporters, and opened what’s known today as the Garage Community Center in Gilman. Several other supporters, individuals and businesses, continue to generate interest and raise money to make sure the Gilman-Onarga area young people have that safe place to visit and have fun.

Since opening in June, 700-plus youth have visited the Friday Night Hangout after Iroquois West Road games . The Home games finds the young people gathering for the 5th Quarter at the Garage Community Center. And the end result, no doubt, will find Pastor Jim Small smiling down at the many people, in years to come, who will share in the glory of

Pastor Small died of cancer at this home Wednesday. He was 63.

Friends say Jim Small was quite a Christian leader, leading the Onarga Christian Church, serving as a Village Board member, helping manage the Prairie States Christian Camp, directing the start-up of the Youth of Christ organization, serving as chaplain at IMH and providing spiritual leadership for the IMH Hospice program.

Oh yes, Jim was also the 2015 Onarga Citizen-of-the-Year. Oh, how he’ll be missed !

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River Valley Recycling scales back hours, Kankakee facility welcomes customers

A downturn in scrap-metal prices has forced the Iroquois County River Valley Recycling Center facility to be a bit more creative in its operations. But the rural Crescent City location is open for business.

RVR owner Kyle Bruno tells 94.1 WGFA News the Route 24 facility is open, just limited hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays ......

The Iroquois County site is open Tuesdays from 8a ‘til 4:30p. Saturdays hours are 8a ‘til 12:30p.

Bruno said the Kankakee South tech Drive site is open for regular business. The Hobby Avenue Buy-Back Center is now being rented out to other ventures. The RVR staff will continue to accommodate scrap-metal customers.

River Valley Recycling on Route 24 hosted the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce Business After-Hours program Wednesday evening.

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Pastor Jim Small remembered as community leader

The Village of Onarga and all of Iroquois County is mourning the death of Pastor James Small.

A community leader, directing the Onarga Christian Church, Jim Small was an active member of so many youth groups. He was also a Village Board member in Onarga, served as chaplain at Iroquois Memorial Hospital and was a spiritual leader for the IMH Hospice program.

Jim Small was instrumental in getting the Garage Community Center for Youth opened in Gilman. He served as camp manager at the Prairie States Christian Camp and was also a leader in startup for Youth for Christ organization.

In 2015, Small was named Onarga Citizen of the Year.

Jim Small died at his home Wednesday, having battled cancer. He was 63.

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Vermilion County health officials study link to Legionnaires Disease

The Vermilion County Health Department and the Center for Disease Control are looking into a possible local link to three cases of Legionnaires Disease.

Legionnaires Disease attacks the lungs. It’s like getting a strong case of pneumonia. But it is not contagious, so it does not spread from person to person.

Vermilion County Public Health Administrator Douglas Toole assures people there is no need for alarm. Toole said the CDC has notified the Vermilion County Health Department that a common link found between the three cases is that all three stayed at a Danville motel between October 2015 and September of this year.

Water samples are being studied. The results of those tests are not expected to be known for about two weeks. Toole adds the motel has been very cooperative in the investigation.

Toole says the tests being conducted by the CDC and State of Illinois Public Health Department in Danville are being done merely as a precaution.

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Iroquois County Finance committee looks to approve FY17 budget

The fiscal year 2017 budget may be available for public review following next week’s Iroquois County Board meeting. The finance committee meets tomorrow (Thursday) at 9 am.

The committee is likely to approve its FY17 tentative budget. Should the full board give its OK next Tuesday (October11), the budget would be posted for review in the County Clerk’s office.The full Board would vote on the new budget at its November meeting.

Next Tuesday’s Iroquois County Board meeting is scheduled to be held at the Old Courthouse Museum in Watseka, beginning at 9 am.

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