Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Dental practice gives free exams and school supplies

CHAMPAIGN – Dozens of children without dental insurance got free exams – and school supplies to boot – at a free clinic Friday in Champaign.

Dr. Vinh Hick and her staff at Baytowne Dental Center, 907 W. Marketview Drive, C, provided free teeth-cleaning, exams, X-rays and small fillings from 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

Judge from Macon County picked for death penalty cases

A Macon County judge has been tabbed to hear the death penalty murder cases of two men accused of killing a Douglas County sheriff's deputy.

Sixth Circuit Chief Judge John Shonkwiler said that on Monday he appointed Judge Tim Steadman to hear the cases of William Thompson and Yusef Brown, accused of the murder of Tommy K. Martin.

Vermilion Manor faces fines for April lapse

DANVILLE – Although the final amount is uncertain, it is certain that Vermilion Manor Nursing Home will be fined for the third time in two years by public health officials.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is still working on its investigation into infractions at the county-owned nursing home on Catlin-Tilton Road, according to Kimberly Parker, spokeswoman with the state agency.

Move to Kenyon site almost finished

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is moving the last of its staff and services to its new location at the former Colwell Systems building at 201 W. Kenyon Road, C.

All public health operations will be in the new building starting Monday.

Ford and Iroquois County agency reports meningitis case

WATSEKA – A case of bacterial meningitis has been confirmed in the area of Ford and Iroquois counties, the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department said Thursday afternoon.

The adult patient, who is hospitalized, alert and under antibiotic treatment, is a resident of one of those two counties. Public health officials declined to identify the patient's town or the hospital treating her, to protect her privacy.

Veteran's quest for lottery grant pays off

DANVILLE – Ken Cook had no idea what a grant application was, let alone how to fill one out.

A lot of phone calls and questions later, his efforts on behalf of the Robert Wurtsbaugh Chapter of the Korean War Veterans have netted the group $43,860 to spend on goods and services for the Veteran's Affairs Illiana Health Care System to benefit veterans.

Supported-living facility to be done by summer 2008

MONTICELLO – Construction of the Piatt County supported-living facility should finished by this time next year, officials from the Farnsworth Group of Champaign announced at a special meeting of the Piatt County Board on Tuesday.

The facility will serve people with needs between independent living and full nursing home care. While the target completion is July 18, 2008, the facility's designers did not include a delay penalty in order to attract lower bids. Bids for the project will be opened on Aug. 23.

Therapy program for children more than horsing around

DANVILLE – Tess and Otas are the newest staff members at the Center for Children's Services, and the pair are saddled with an important job – teaching kids self-esteem and teamwork.

The aging and gentle horses, one brown and one gray, are part of a four-week equine therapy program that the counseling and education center is trying out this summer.

Highlights of rate relief package

n $1 billion in rate relief for Illinois residential, nonprofit and small business customers, evenly split between ComEd and Ameren territories.

n Ameren customers to get discounts of 40 percent to 70 percent off this year's increase, with additional help for electrically-heated homes. Discounts are based on usage.

Local residents urged to check their cupboards

Public health officials in Champaign and Vermilion counties are working with local grocery stores to remove canned goods that may have been contaminated with botulism. But everyone should also be checking their own cupboards at home.

"Our investigation over the last couple of days has resulted in us finding many of the products were available in local stores," Vermilion County Environmental Heath Director Kolby Riggle said in a written statement.