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Ford County crash kills Springfield man

A 34-year-old Springfield man died in a one-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon in rural Ford County. Christopher Ford was eastbound on Illinois 9 near County Road 2500 E. Illinois State Police report Ford was east of Paxton when the vehicle left the highway and ejected the driver. It happened about 4:20 pm.

The vehicle was fully engulfed in a nearby field on the south side of Illinois 9.

Mr. Ford was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ford County Coroner.

Illinois 9 was closed for about 45 minutes while the fire was put out.

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Gibson Area Hospital receives 2016 Women's Choice Award

                                   One of America's Best Hospitals for Orthopedics


GIBSON CITY --  It's one of the best, again, for a 2nd straight year !  Gibson Area Hospital has been awarded the 2016 Women's Choice recognition as one of America's Best Hospitals for Orthopedics.  The evidence-based designation is the only orthopedics award that identifies the country's best healtcare institutions based on robust criteria that considers female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women say they want from a hospital.

GAHHS CEP Rob Schmitt says "it's a testament to out physicians, staff and volunteers that makes every patient experience a special one. It's an honor to receive this award and recognition." 

Schmitt said "this continues to show our patients and the communities we serve, that GAHHS is living it's Vision, to be THE Model of Excellence in Rural Healthcare."

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Pontiac gaining 160 CAT jobs

Caterpillar announced Friday the company will add about 160 jobs to its existing Pontiac plant. The jobs in Livingston County are the result of company-wide restructuring.

The Peoria-based manufacturer also announced the loss of at least 120 jobs from its East Peoria facilities. Overall, the changes, which include five plant closings, will result in a net loss of about 670 jobs.

Pontiac City Administrator Bob Karls said "We're pleased that Caterpillar had confidence in the Pontiac plant, its employees and our community."

The new jobs in Pontiac, expected to be added within 18 months, will come after the company consolidates engine component manufacturing from facilities in Santa Fe, N.M., and Thomasville, GA.

The announcement came after Livingston County taxing bodies agreed to an economic incentive agreement with Caterpillar. The agreement says taxing bodies would abate property taxes of the Pontiac plant as incentive for the plant to stay in the county.

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Danville Company laying off 48 workers

Officials at ThyssenKrupp Crankshaft Company in Danville is letting 48 employees go. The Danville Forging and Machining operations reports the downturn in the heavy equipment market has forced an adjustment in production capacity.

Workers were notified of the lay-off a week ago. Final discussions with workers was completed Thursday. The company says workers affected will be covered by a severance package and benefits.

The lay-off has an impact on about one-tenth of the ThyssenKrupp employees in Danville. There's approximately 500 employees at the Danville plant.

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Watseka man arrested by KAMEG for drugs & weapons

Forty-nine year-old James J. Ward of Watseka is facing charges after KAMEG agents executed a search warrant at this rural home.  Ward is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.  He was also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and no valid FOID card.

KAMEG agents, asssited by District 21 Illinois State Police and the Iroquois County Sheriff's Department, executed a warrant at 1997 N and 1950 E Road, locating about 27 grams of suspected cocaine, about 12 grams of suspected cannabis, six firearms, ammunition and drug paraphernalia.

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