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Watseka infrastructure work continues

Busted up streets, barricaded-closed roads can certainly frustrate motorists, but it's also part of the formula for an improved future. And – in Watseka, infrastructure improvement projects are just that – a focus on better times ahead.

It all takes time. But it is happening in different sections of the city.

City Public Works Director Marvin DeLahr informed the Public Works committee (Tuesday) that after delays in flood clean-up and recovery efforts, some of the infrastructure work is resuming. Sewer improvements and pot-hole patching has to be completed. It's hoped better weather conditions and resource supplies will keep progress moving forward.

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Lawsuit ruling favors Kankakee County jail operations

The Kankakee County Sheriff's Department is clarifying an earlier report about an inmates' lawsuit on how booking procedures are conducted at the County Jail.

The sheriff's office actually was a winner in a federal lawsuit regarding strip-searches of all inmates as they are booked in at the corrections facility.

Under-Sheriff Mike Downey said its standard practice, under Corrections guidelines, to strip-search those detained. He said the practice falls within the standards of protocol. And the court agreed.

Federal judge Colin Bruce of the Central District of Illinois favored the county in his ruling that the jail strip searches are constitutional.

Sheriff Tim Bukowski said this ruling could have a significant impact on county jail operations across the state.

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Iroquois County flu clinics September 24 – October 29

The Iroquois County Public Health Department has a series of flu vaccination clinics scheduled for later this month and thru October.

The clinics run from September 24 through October 29 at announced-sites in Loda, Cissna Park, Onarga, Milford, Crescent City, Watseka, Iroquois, Sheldon, Beaverville, Clifton and Chebanse.

This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health are strongly advising vaccinations for anyone age 6 or older, said Vonda Pruitt, director of nursing for the local health department.

The cost is $35 per dose. A receipt will be provided to enable those with other insurance coverage to obtain reimbursement.

Flu clinic schedule ---

Loda — Loda United Methodist Church (10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 6).
Cissna Park — Creekside Terrace (1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 6).

Onarga — University of Illinois Extension office (1:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 13).

Milford — Milford Depot (1:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 23).
Crescent City — Crescent City Community Center (1-3 p.m. Oct. 22).

Watseka — Iroquois County Public Health Department, 1001 E. Grant St. (4-6 p.m. Sept. 24, 1-4 p.m. Sept. 28, 9-11:30 a.m. Oct. 1, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 9, 9-11:30 a.m. Oct. 13, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 16, 4-6 p.m. Oct. 20, 9-11:30 a.m. Oct. 23, 9-11:30 a.m. Oct. 26 and 4-6 p.m. Oct. 28); Heritage Woods (10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 8); The Arc (11 a.m. to noon Oct. 15); and Big R (9 a.m. to noon Oct. 17).

Sheldon — ABRA (3-4 p.m. Oct. 2).

Iroquois — Iroquois Farmer's State Bank (9-10:30 a.m. Oct. 5).

Beaverville — Curby's TruValu (Noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 5).
Clifton — Countryside Villas, Presence Merkle-Knipprath (3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 7).

Chebanse — Chebanse Community Building (1:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 29).

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Hoopeston kicks-off Carle flu clinics

Vermilion County residents can take advantage of Carle's community flu clinics beginning today (Tuesday). The clinics are being held in several East Central Illinois communities now through November 30.

The Charlotte Ann Russell Medical Center in Hoopeston at 801 E. Orange Street is the announced-location for the first clinic. It runs today from 8 – 10 am. Flu shots will be available for those 6 months and older.

No appointment is necessary at the flu clinics.

Carle Physician Group patients may choose direct billing and are advised you must bring your clinic number and insurance card. Medicare patients must bring their Medicare cards for direct billing. Other patients should be prepared to pay at the time of service.

Seasonal flu shots will cost $40 and high-dose flu shots $55.

An afternoon clinic will also be held in Hoopeston September 25.

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Car-tractor colission in Iroquois County

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police investigated a two vehicle colission Sunday involving a car and a tractor.  it occurred on a one-lane bridge at 2500E near the Old Texas Bridge.  Mo injury was reported.

Patrick Elliott of Watseka was southbound on 2500E on the one-lane bridge when Robert Mossman of Kentland, Indiana was operating a farm tractor was headed north, attempting to cross the bridge.  Police said Mossman failed to observe Elliott's vehcile.  They collided head-on at a slow rate of speed.

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