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Fire destroys vacant Sheldon house

A fire of un-determined origin destroyed a vacant house in rural Sheldon Wednesday night. No injury was involved.

Sheldon Fire was assisted with mutual aide by Concord and Watseka Fire. The original call alerted Sheldon at 8:45 pm.to 1950 N and 2630 E. Firemen were at the scene intil Midnight. Sheldon was dispatched again at 3 am Thursday when the fire rekindled.

Sheldon Fire Chief Stan Molter reported the fire is believed to have started in the attic of the 2-story house, which was a rental unit owned by Charlie Darrough.

 

94.1 FM, WGFA

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Watseka Mayoral race, aldermanic post featured in forum

Incumbent Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood and challenger John Burch will answer questions and present views on issues tonight (Thurs) in Watseka.

A candidates forum is sponsored by the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce. The program welcomes the public at 7 pm at Celebrations.

The forum presents a platform for open discussion of issues going into the April 9 Consolidated Election. Contested races are presented for open discussion.

Also invited to speak are 1st Ward aldermanic candidates, incumbent Marvin Purvis and challenger Mark Garfield.

 

94.1 FM, WGFA

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The Iroquois County Board has called a special meeting for 8am Monday

The Iroquois County Board Chairman has scheduled a special meeting for 8 am Monday.The meeting is for removing and replacing three Iroquois County members of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department Board.

The special meeting comes on the heels of Tuesday’s regular County Board meeting when a flaw in the wording of the agenda didn’t allow a vote to replace the three members, who were asked to resign, but refused.

A 20-year volunteer veteran of the Board of Health, Diane Clatterbuck stated she nor the other board members have done anything wrong to merit resigning.

Supporters of the health department are quietly voicing their opposition to what they call “a vindictive agenda against the health board by Chairman Copas and his supporters. Rod Copas has been outspoken in efforts to have them replaced since the health department announced plans to provide home health care services in neighboring Indiana. Copas says the board has no legal authority to operate out of state.

Copas has since listed several problem areas in how the health board operates and he’s questioned budget matters and purchases, which the health board says are all justified and passed inspections by auditors.


Copas wanted a vote Tuesday to remove Dr. Alexander Michalow and nurses Diane Clatterbuck and Jill Kaeb. Clatterbuck and Kaeb have said they would not resign.

Monday's special meeting convenes at 8 am in the county board room of the Clifford Bury Administration Center in Watseka.

 

94.1 FM, WGFA

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Pope Francis - selected Wednesday

Pope Francis is the first Pontiff from the Americas. Argentine Jorge Bergoglio is the first Pope ever from the Americas and first from outside Europe in more than a millenium.

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F-I Health Board Member won’t resign, says “nothing done wrong”

Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas wanted resignations from three members of the Ford-Iroquois Department of Public Health Board Tuesday. He said, refusal would mean replacements.

Long-time health board members Diane Clatterbuck and Jill Kaeb refused to resign, Clatterbuck saying nothing was wrong and she won’t admit wrongdoing. Dr. Alexander Michalow didn’t respond.

Copas’ call for resignations and replacement was endorsed by 11 county board members. Some of them, admitted not knowing enough details and wanting answers to questions. But their Yes votes anyway, points to new members soon taking over the health board.

Copas says ‘we need to fix what’s broken.” But other board members say nothing points to anything being broken.

Diane Clatterbuck told the Board there will be no resignation………

(questions)

Clatterbuck said past practice of the health board has always been acceptable by the County Board. She said suggested problems can be worked out with the county board.

Clatterbuck said Copas’ comparisons of the tax rate with other counties is off base…..

(other counties)

At Tuesday’s County Board meeting, citizen Larry Hasbargen asked board members to do their elected job and ask questions…….

(vendetta)

County Board member Dale Schultz did not vote to ask for resignations. He said the board’s vote to force resignations/replacements is wrong …….

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Board member Donna Crow has been asking for details for too long………

(works)

Board member Jed Whitlow said he too wants answers to questions asked. He said even hardened criminals are entitled to due process. Whitlow questioned info to make informed decisions.

 

94.1 FM, WGFA