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Fall Prevention Awareness

To shed light on the serious nature of falls among older adults, the week of September 23-29, 2019 is being celebrated as National Fall Prevention Awareness Week. The purpose of this week is to deliver the message that falls can be preventable if people take the extra precautions and safety measures that are needed. Among… Read More

Danville Hotel Possibly Tied to Legionnaires’ Disease Infections

Three individuals who stayed at a Danville-area hotel have contracted Legionnaires’ disease. None of the individuals were Danville locals. The illness, while not contagious, can be fatal. Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by a bacterial infection in the lungs. When contaminated water mist or vapor is inhaled, the bacteria can lead… Read More

Crop Duster Inadvertently Sprays 79 Individuals with Fungicide

On Thursday, 79 teens were admitted to the Carle Foundation Hospital after exposure to fungicide. The teens were detasseling corn in southern Champaign County when they were inadvertently hit with fungicide being sprayed by an aerial crop duster in an adjacent field. Emergency services were notified immediately in order to block off roads and allow… Read More

Fire at J&R Used Tire Service Inc. to burn for days

According to Hoopeston Fire Chief Cliff Crabtree, a fire that started at J&R Used Tire Service Inc. early Wednesday morning was begun by engine sparks that ignited rubber dust. The fire, which began at 5:20 a.m. is predicted to burn for a few days, as Crabtree stated around noon on Wednesday that he “expect[s] to… Read More

Southern Illinois University student hospitalized after falling from dorm window

A student at Southern Illinois University is currently in the hospital after falling from a fourth floor residence hall window. According to campus police, the fall occurred just after 2 a.m., and emergency officials were immediately alerted. When crews arrived at the scene, the man was taken to a St. Louis hospital in order to be treated. He… Read More

Two Southern Illnois University students killed in fire

Two students at Southern Illinois University were killed in a fire that broke out at their off-campus apartment building. The two friends, age 21 and 19, were in their apartment unit when the blaze broke out in the early hours of Sunday. Firefighters responded to the scene, but found the two women in the second… Read More

Slip and fall injury leaves victim with $7.5 million

The jury in a slip and fall lawsuit reached a settlement of $7.5 million. The lawsuit was brought against Starbucks. The prosecutor in the case was a customer in a San Diego Starbucks when he experienced head injuries as a result of falling on slick floor. The manager at the store had washed the floor… Read More

Five killed after stage collapses at Indiana State Fair

Five people were killed Saturday night at the Indiana State Fair when a stage collapsed on to them while they waited for the band, Sugarland to perform. There were nearly 12,000 people surrounding the stage even though a storm with a 60 to 70 mph winds was going on around them. Organizers at the state… Read More

Champaign fire damages buildings near University

A fire was reported at 8 a.m. last Wednesday at businesses near the University of Illinois Champaign campus. It is unknown what caused the fire, but the roof did collapse at Zorba’s Restaurant. This building also houses another cafe, university offices, a clothing store and apartments. The fire took over two hours to be contained… Read More