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Red Cross Shares How to Have a Safe Fourth of July

               Asks for Blood Donations Around the Holiday

The Fourth of July holiday will soon be here and many of us will enjoy the outdoors, watch fireworks or host a family picnic. The American Red Cross wants everyone to enjoy their holiday and offers safety steps they can follow.

“The Independence Day Holiday is a great time for summer fun and we want to make sure everyone stays safe during their celebration,” said Lyn Hruska, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region. “It’s also a time when the number of people giving blood drops, but the need for blood donations continues. We are also asking that everyone consider giving blood over the holiday.”


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DACC – Franklin University join forces

Danville Community College is partnering with Franklin University to offer opportunity for students to earn their MBA.

The cost for the Master’s program is listed at $16,000.
Students can also go three years at DACC, then finish a fourth year online to get their bachelor's degree in accounting... also from Franklin University.

DACC's administrators say the program was created with a special group in mind. The program also saves people thousands of dollars.

Franklin is providing free books to students who enroll. The program starts this fall.

DACC’s announcement comes after the state legislature recently considered higher education opportunities thru junior-colleges.

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Dangerous Heat Across Illinois Begins Today

Illinois' next chance to cool down won't come till Sunday. Forecasters say dangerous heat and humidity begin today. The National Weather Service is issuing either a Heat Advisory or Excessive Heat Watch for pretty much the entire state starting tomorrow. Temperatures will be in the upper 90s across the state, but the heat and humidity will make it feel like it's anywhere between 100 and 110 degrees.

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Watseka Health Care Center evacuated

           Fire & smoke forces residents to temporary shelter

Emergency responders assisted residents of the Watseka Rahab & Health Care Center to evacuate the facility on Raymond Road Wednesday afternoon.

No injury was reported when a small fire in an electrical panel caused a lot of smoke., according to Watseka Fire Chief Tim Ketchum.

Ketchum reported employees at the facility actually extinguished the fire. Fire personnel had work to do in clearing smoke from the building. A box-alarm alerted neighboring fire departments.

Ketchum said other health care facilities in Iroquois County provided bus transportation in getting residents to emergency shelters.

The nearby First Christian Church is an emergency-shelter for the Peterson HealthCare-owned Watseka Rehab Center.

The fire chief said the company’s emergency operation plan worked “very well” in making sure all patients were well-cared for and the evacuation was completed. Chief Ketchum said Milford Fire Chief Frank Hines took on the Incident Command role and all working personnel did what needed to be done.

Efforts were underway to get residents returned to the Center, some even last evening. Some of the residents were bused to sister-centers nearby and others to Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka for housing.

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Heat Wave Ahead..... Storms, then more widespread storms in days ahead

A heat wave looks to begin Thursday, followed by a worsening of the heat into the weekend. A few random storms will increase during the weekend, followed by more widespread rainfall, then some slight relief from the high humidity & heat.

The NWS released a detailed radar showing what’s expected....

A few spotty showers/thunder showers will continue to be possible into evening, followed by areas of fog developing.
A large complex or two of storms with some severe weather & lots of flash flooding will pass southwest & south of us through Missouri & southern Illinois & Indiana. This will only enhance the oppressive heat ahead as our winds will be blowing off all of that saturated, flooded ground, carrying moisture to evaporate into the heat. Add the rapidly-growing & even tasseling corn & lush vegetation into the mix (from all of the rain) & it all equals very high humidity as heat from the Southwest U.S. & Mexico overspreads our area. Temperatures at 5,000' will climb to near 80, signaling intense heat over the area Saturday-Sunday.

The moisture & lush vegetation will keep it at 90-95, rather than surging to like 95-100.

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