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Still Time to Enter Weather Alert Radio Contest

Online Contest Offers Chance to Win a Weather Alert Radio


SPRINGFIELD – Spring officially arrived on March 20, although the weather forecast seems more like winter. But spring-like weather, including severe thunderstorms and the threat of tornadoes, will appear eventually. To help people be better prepared for these weather hazards, state and local emergency management officials today encouraged people to participate in an online contest for a chance to win a weather alert radio.

Participants in the “Weather Alert Radios Save Lives” contest read a narrative about weather alert radios, take a five-question quiz and then register for a chance to win one of 100 radios to be awarded. The contest, which continues through March 31, is sponsored by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (IESMA).

The contest is available on the Ready Illinois website (www.Ready.Illinois.gov), the IESMA website (www.iesma.org) and on many county and municipal emergency management agency websites. Winners will be announced in April.

The National Weather Service (NWS) and state and local emergency management officials strongly encourage people to have a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio All Hazards with battery backup, a tone-alert feature and Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) technology, which allows the radio to be programmed to receive alerts for specified counties.

IESMA purchased the weather alert radios as part of a program to increase emergency preparedness in local schools, hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities and government buildings throughout Illinois. During 2013 and 2014, IESMA plans to place 800 weather alert radios in local facilities.

Additional information about severe weather preparedness is available on the Ready Illinois website (www.Ready.Illinois.gov).


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Milford looks toward a single Unit School District

A single, unit school district for a given community could bring a substantial increase in state aid payments. And—the Milford school officials are moving toward a merger between the Milford High School District #233 and Grade School District #280.

Forming a single, unit district could result in an additional $1 million, $550,000 for the school. The general state aide formula would also benefit, according to Milford Superintendent Dale Hastings. 

Consolidating the two current school districts would also streamline the government process, benefitting teachers and students. The educational tax rate would NOT change.

A public hearing on the process could be scheduled by the Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Office of Education as soon as this Fall. The matter could go to referendum by March of 2014.

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National Shortage of Tuberculin Leads to Local Restrictions

Ford and Iroquois Counties – Public health officials responded today to the shortage of Tybersol, the product made by Sanofi-Pasteur and used to conduct Tuberculosis (TB) skin tests. According to Dee Ann Schippert, Community and School Health Coordinator for the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department, the agency will follow the recommendations provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health until the shortage is resolved. Mrs. Schippert said only high priority groups will be tested utilizing Tubersol at this time. “Individuals who are in contact with a person with pulmonary or laryngeal TB, persons whose immune systems are compromised and persons with symptoms suggestive of TB disease will receive Tubersol,” said Schippert.

Mrs. Schippert said this is a temporary situation and persons who are in need of testing but do not fit into one of the above priority groups, should contact the health department prior to going to the Paxton or Watseka offices to have a TB skin test. “We are not sure how long this shortage will be so it is important that residents call in to make sure we have a supply of Tubersol before making a trip to one of our offices.”

For more information or to check on the supply, call 217-379-9281 in Paxton or 815-432-2483 in Watseka.

submitted by:  Ford-Iroquois Department of Public Health

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Fowler Man Sentenced on Meth Charge

A Fowler, Indiana man has been sentenced to six years in prison and then another six years probation for a felony meth charge.

21-year-old Adam Martin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

It was last July when officers responded to a report of suspicious activity and found that Martin and Patricia Ziegler had just used a meth lab.

Martin was sentenced Thursday to six years in the Department of Corrections. The judge added on probation following his release from prison.

Ziegler got the same sentenced earlier this year.

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Watseka Road Construction, 9th Street Closed

Travel note for local motorists in Watseka...9th Street from Porter Avenue to Lincoln Avenue is closed through at least mid-day today (Fri). A road construction project continues there.

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