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Red Cross: Blood, platelet donations needed in wake of Hurricane Florence

Thousands of lifesaving blood donations have gone uncollected due to drive cancellations forced by the hurricane, but patients still need critical medical care

 As the American Red Cross responds to Hurricane Florence, providing food, shelter and comfort to those affected, individuals outside the affected areas are urged to help by giving blood or platelets to care for patients in the storm’s path and across the country. People can also help by making a financial donation to support relief efforts.

Hurricane’s impact on blood and platelet donations
Hurricane Florence’s wrath left catastrophic damage behind and took a toll on blood and platelet donations. Nearly 200 Red Cross blood drives in the Southeast were forced to cancel, resulting in more than 5,200 uncollected blood and platelet donations.

“Natural disasters like hurricanes can disrupt blood drives and prevent donors from giving, but hospital patients still depend on lifesaving transfusions,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “There is an especially critical need for platelets to help cancer patients and type O blood donations for ongoing patient care and emergencies. Every donation can be a lifeline for patients.”

How to help
Donors of all blood types are urged to help restore hope to patients across the country by making an appointment today to give blood or platelets. Appointments can be made by using the Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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NWS: Heat Advisory posted today

Cooler weather is approaching but a Heat Advisory has been issued for the immediate listening-area today (Thursday).

The National Weather Service says the highest heat index readings this afternoon will likely be around 105 degrees. {The heat index is how hot it feels when you factor the heat with the humidity}.

July heat will dominate the area with temperatures rising into the low and possibly mid 90s.

Health officials advise people to take precautions. Avoid long stays in the heat, plenty of water and check on neighbors.

Schools Early Dismissals ---

Donovan Unit #3 and Watseka Unit #9 schools are dismissing early again today due to the heat.

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Voters to decide Crescent-Iroquois 249 future

The Crescent-Iroquois #249 school district voters will get their say on whether to consolidate with the Watseka Unit 9 district. The referendum question will go before voters in the April 2019 Consolidated Election.

The C-I 249 Board of Education voted to place the question before voters.

It was a 5-2 vote (Monday). School board members felt the decision should be a district vote, not just seven board members.

Several meetings have stirred different thoughts. Many fear the community losing its identity. Others have stated they favor a consolidation rather than annexation.

The use of the Crescent City grade school building in the immediate future has been discussed by the Unit Nine Board. The classroom space in Crescent City could prove valuable should the Nettie Davis school in Watseka close. The Nettie Davis building has been the victim of too many floods in recent years.

Pro and con talk often times refers to class size and quality education. No one questions the quality of education offered, yet the lack of numbers (enrollment) will affect tax dollars.

Parents favor smaller class size with productive teacher vs student ratios.

Future committee meetings are expected to present more facts for voters to consider. The Regional School Superintendent will weigh-in after public hearings are scheduled. The state would then decide if the consolidation issue would appear on the ballot.

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Last blast of Summer…Fall temps to settle in

Showers and thunderstorms are likely to develop today (Wed) with mostly cloudy sky. High near 82. Tomorrow brings hot and humid weather with a high of 91 and the heat index as high as 95.

Then ...A strong cold front will push across the area Thursday night into Friday, setting the stage for a pleasant fall weekend, just in time for the official start of autumn at 8:54 pm CDT on Saturday evening.

Friday, windy and cooler, mostly sunny high 77. Saturday and Sunday, sunny high 68 and 74.

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Scooter crash at Roselawn, IN kills 61-year-old man

A 2-vehicle crash in Newton County (Tuesday) killed the driver of a scooter. The scooter and a passenger car collided at the intersection of CR400E and CR 900N. Sheriff’s Police report the site is at Roselawn, about a mile south of State Road 10 in Lincoln Township.

Witnesses told police the scooter was eastbound on CR 900N and failed to stop and yield to the northbound passenger car. The crash killed a 61 year old Lake Village, IN man.

The driver of the other vehicle, 33 year old Fair Oaks, IN woman refused medical treatment at the scene.

Names of the drivers were being withheld pending family notification.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Indiana State Police, Newton County EMS, Lincoln Township Fire and the Newton County Coroner’s Office.

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