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Tuberculosis tests cut back in Ford and Iroquois Counties

Health officials in Ford and Iroquois Counties are cutting back on testing for Tuberculosis due to a national shortage of a product used to conduct the tests.

The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department said even though the shortage of Tubersol is considered temporary, the group will, for now, only test those who are considered a priority. That includes people who are in contact with someone who has Tuberculosis, have a weak immune system or are showing Tuberculosis symptoms.

Meanwhile, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District said it's not affected by the Tubersol shortage.

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Bell Holdings breaking ground for new Watseka Ford-Lincoln Dealership ---

The Watseka City Council (Monday) agreed to name a new road Bell Road, which will accommodate a new Ford auto dealership east of Wal-Mart.

Dave Bell said the project's all go, ground being broken today (Tues) to get the dealership project moving. Mayor Bob Harwood said it's another effort to promote and keep businesses in town.

John Bell says the new building will be an attractive layout. The new road will have an entrance off Oak Hill Road with the dealership situated to the south. The building will angle to the intersection of Route 1 and 24.

The new building, Bell said, will be built according to Ford-Lincoln dealership specs. It'll cover 17,000 square feet, include a three-vehicle showroom and the biggest gain will be the service department. Four new service bays will most likely lead to 5-7 new technicians.

Bell says a big Thank You goes out to city leaders.

"The city and the council have so instrumental in making this happen. We needed the land annexed, so this big jump is only happening with the mayor and the council's help," Bell told WGFA News.

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Berkot’s returning to Watseka; Cadillac grocery store in the works

Berkot's Super Foods is making a return to Watseka. And the store's coming back with a big splash and with the blessing of a longtime grocery family.

Jim and Kathy Van Natta will step away from Quality Super Market in favor of Berkot's Super Foods making a return to the same store they left not too long ago.

Jim Van Natta, who's family has carried the grocery name since 1917, says some contract language still needs to be worked out. But toward year's end, he'll step away from the family business giving his blessing to Berkot's return to Watseka.

Van Natta said a deal's being worked that's a great deal for Watseka. "It'll be good for Watseka and good for the Van Natta family," Jim told WGFA News.

Van Natta says it's the end of an era but it's all good. "This started way back with my grandmother; my dad was very involved and we're pushing this plan with the support from my mother too."

Jim's been baggin' potatoes since he was five. He and his wife, Kathy, have been in the business since 1973. Jim's dad, Bob, was active in the store until he died in 2000.

The Van Natta name and Watseka grocery store go hand-in-hand. But Jim told the Watseka City Council (Monday evening) the time's right.

Mayor Bob Harwood said the council and the community should be very pleased with the transition. It's so nice to see this happening with the 'good neighbor' policy; taking care of Quality Grocery and the employees.

The city's finance committee has given its OK to a 65-35 sales tax agreement, which equates to about $30,000 annually. An ordinance will be presented to the full City Council next week.

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Gilman men arrested for Iroquois County burglaries

A series of burglaries in the Gilman, Danforth and Crescent City areas has led to the arrests of two Gilman men. Bond was set for both suspects Monday in Iroquois Circuit Court following their arrests Friday.

34-year-old Michael Causey is jailed on a $120,000 bond. Bond for 34-year-old David Blair Jr. was set at $50,000.

Both were arrested after Gilman Police and Iroquois County Sheriff's Police served search warrants at two locations on North Main Street in Gilman. Officers recovered hand and power tools, a chain saw, jewelry and antique coins among other stolen items.

The suspects are linked to at least seven burglaries., thefts, and residential burglaries over the past few months.

Police also seized heroin, cannabis and other drug paraphernalia.

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Temperatures on the rise this week

It's been a while since the last 90-degree day in Illiana, but that streak may end later this week.

There have been 16 days so far this year in which the temps broke 90 degrees this year, but the last time was July 23.
It's been dry and cool. There's been nine days of 90-degree weather in July, five in June and two in May. It has been a cooler August than usual, though."

If temperatures are going to hit 90 degrees this week, it most likely will be this weekend. Afternoon highs will be 86 to 88 degrees through Friday but highs near 90 degrees or above anticipated for Saturday and Sunday.

Area schools follow Illinois High School Association heat acclimation guidelines that require students to take breaks when participating in a physically demanding activity.

In addition to the mild summer weather, most of Central Illinois has experienced dry conditions since late June, although some locations east of I-57 have averaged above-normal precipitation.

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