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The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police District 10:

WHAT: Traffic Crash (Personal injury) with lane blockage

WHERE: I-74 W/B at M. P. 199 (Vermilion)

WHEN: Thursday, 11/13/14, at approximately 6:11 pm

VEHICLES: Black 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck

DRIVERS: 1) Male, 64, Fithian

PASSENGERS: Male, 11, Fithian

PRELIMINARY: The Chevrolet Silverado was westbound on I-74 at milepost 199.  The driver lost control of the vehicle on a patch of ice on the roadway. Chevrolet Silverado traveled off the roadway and into the median.  The front fender of the vehicle struck the median wires and came to rest partially in the left lane. Recent snow flurries created icy conditions on the roadway.

TRANSPORTS: The driver and passenger were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

SEATBELTS: Seatbelts were worn


Meet the Cornjerkers

Come meet the Cornjerkers on Saturday, November 15th starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Middle School Gym.  Including, wrestling, girls basketball, cheerleading and boys basketball teams.

Hoopeston Music Programs host Benefit Auction

Join the Hoopeston Music programs at a Benefit Auction on Saturday, November 15th at 1:00 p.m. at the McFerren Park Civic Center in Hoopeston.

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Iroquois County former employees used work computers for personal use

According to the Paxton Record, Three former top-ranking officials in the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department used their work computers for “personal use and personal gain” at least 70 percent of the time they were on them, a computer forensic expert revealed Wednesday, adding to the list of questionable conduct by ex-employees of the recently dissolved agency.

“These computers were rarely used, less than 30 percent of the time, for county business. They were used for personal business,” said Andrew R. Garrett of Decatur-based Garrett Discovery Inc.

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

November 13, 2014

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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PUSMC Foundation Proudly Presents Merry & Bright 2014 Festival of Trees

The 2014 Merry & Bright Festival kicks off on Saturday, November 15th with a Children’s Day Extravaganza 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Night of Lights Parade from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. with a non-perishable food donation.
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Community Health Fair

Hoopeston Multi Agency will host a Community Health Fair from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Thursday.  The event will feature Carle’s Mills Breast Cancer Institute and Stroke and Spine Center, Myers Pharmacy for flu vaccines, Crosspoint Human Services, Aunt Martha, Vermilion County Rape Crisis Center, Hoopeston Breast Cancer Group, along with support groups for grief and loss, addictions and military families, University of Illinois Extension, DACC, and East Central Illinois Food Bank.

Gifford Village Board should have new home by middle of next year

Almost one year after a tornado ripped through Gifford, the village board has made formal plans for a new home.  If all goes to plan, Gifford should have a new village hall and maintenance building by the middle of next year.  The board approved an agreement to purchase the Spreader building off U.S. 136 for $175,000, with a plan to renovate the building to house administration.

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Copas:  Public will be ‘astounded’ by results of forensic audit of health department

According to the Paxton Record,  Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas told board members last week that they will be “astounded” by the results of a recent forensic audit of the now-dissolved Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department, which will be revealed at Wednesday’s regular monthly meeting.

“A forensic expert will be here at the full board meeting, and he will give you the rest of what you need to know,” Copas told the board’s policy and procedure committee Thursday. “Certainly, you will be astounded at what’s on your government computers, and you’re going to be astounded at where your money went, who did what with it, and how it worked.

“There needs to be some people held accountable.”

Copas, who in October said he believes the forensic audit will show evidence of a felony crime by former employees of the dissolved health department, said the forensic audit results will be announced in open session at Wednesday’s meeting. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Administrative Center in Watseka.

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