Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Shiloh school district looks for new superintendent

HUME – The Shiloh school board hopes to hire a new school superintendent by March.

The Catlin school board last month hired Shiloh Superintendent Gary Lewis to be superintendent in Catlin, after the resignation of Guy Banicki takes effect at the end of the school year.

Farmer City Council discusses issues in closed session

FARMER CITY – The Farmer City Council took no action Monday night but went into executive session to discuss "personnel business."

Asked to give a specific, numbered exception to the Illinois Open Meetings Act, neither City Manager Trent Smith nor Council President Delwin "Buster" Kirby could offer one, repeating only that "personnel business" was the reason for the closed meeting. Kirby said no action would be taken following the evening's closed session.

Tax abatements for Monsanto discussed

FARMER CITY – Blue Ridge school district board members voted Monday to allow Superintendent Jay Harnack to start discussions with officials of Monsanto's plant in Farmer City on the topic of enterprise zone abatement.

Joan Steckel, senior tax manager, and Pat Geneser, site manager from the Monsanto Co.'s Farmer City plant, presented a proposal to board members. Steckel and Geneser wanted board members to vote to grant 100 percent property tax abatement to Monsanto for a five-year period.

Provena starting new 'Coffee Shop' health program on Jan. 14

CHAMPAIGN – Local senior citizens are invited for free coffee, doughnuts, games and health screenings once a week at the Provena Covenant Center for Healthy Aging.

The new "Coffee Shop" program will start Jan. 14, and will be held on that day and each Wednesday from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Center for Healthy Aging at 410 E. University Ave., C.

Blood donors needed to bolster local supplies

URBANA – Terry Koker was going to give blood, anyway, but a phone call hastened his plans.

Koker, a chemistry teacher from Gibson City, has type O-negative blood, which makes him a universal donor.

Device gives babies with jaundice more contact with parents

DANVILLE — Babies born with severe jaundice at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center's Family Life Center will now get more cuddle time with their parents in their first few days after birth, thanks to new equipment the hospital has purchased with an $8,000 gift from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Illinois.

Jaundice, a condition that causes newborns to have yellow coloring of the skin and white coloring of the eyes due to excess bilirubin in the blood, typically goes away on its own in one to two weeks in mild to moderate cases. But higher-level jaundice is treated by phototherapy administered with special lamps.

University Primary School accepting applications

Applications for the University Primary School will be available after Monday.

University Primary is an early childhood gifted education program for preschool, kindergarten and first-grade students. Children must be 3 years old on or before July 1 for the preschool class and 5 years old before Sept. 1 for the kindergarten class.

Agencies finally get cash infusion from state

CHAMPAIGN – There may have been no better Christmas present for Illinois' many cash-starved social service agencies and medical providers than a check from the state.

And that's exactly what many of them received in the past week.

Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club facing negatives in cash flow

CHAMPAIGN – Every day after school, a bus takes Tyanna Jones' two kids to the hub of activity known as the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club.

There they can get help with homework, work with a tutor, make an art project or just unwind from the school day until their mom gets off work at 5 p.m.

The club is a godsend for Jones, a single mom with a full-time job. Membership is $5 a year, which she knows is an "incredible" bargain. She probably couldn't afford that much day care, and the club is so much more.

Brain tumor brings unexpected blessings for Urbana woman

URBANA – For years, even decades, a war went on within C.K. "Tina" Gunsalus' skull.

And through those years, her brain lost ground, squashing up against itself as a tumor grew into the size of a baseball, an insidious mass making a place for itself where her brain once resided.

If it sounds like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," it almost was.