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FoutchDr. Dustin Foutch    During a special board meeting Monday night, the Central Community High School Board approved an air ionization unit to reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria at the school.
    The GPS-FC24-AC, from Global Plasma Solutions, is an autocleaning air purifier that can be mounted in mini split ceiling cassettes, wall mounted ducted air handlers, and other HVAC equipment that requires a compact design.
    Superintendent Dr. Dustin Foutch explained that he, as a deer hunter, uses ozone to deter scents and odors while deer hunting, and he heard about a system in buildings that infuses all of your air, and based on viral titrations,  it was determined that at 10 minutes, 84.2 percent of the virus was inactivated. At 15 minutes, 92.6 percent of the virus was inactivated, and at 30 minutes, 99.4 percent of the virus was inactivated.
    "If we can limit the spread of any bacteria or virus, it will be good for our students," he said.
    He said that the Global Plasma Solutions' needlepoint bipolar ionization is ozone-free and the only kind in its category to pass the RCTA DO-160 standard for aircraft.
    The same technology is used at hospitals, colleges and universities, including Yale and Harvard, commercial airlines, and even at the White House.

KCgradsCandidates for graduation at Kaskaskia College line up outside the Health and Business Arts Building on the Centralia campus, for the July 10 graduation ceremonies held in the Jane Knight Auditorium. (Photo by Bryan Hunt)    Graduation for the Class of 2020 at Kaskaskia College looked a bit different this year.
    Normally held in the KC Gymnasium, the COVID-19 pandemic threw the KC administration for a loop in their graduation planning.
    They managed to recover, not once, but twice.
    The ceremony, held July 10, was to be on the west parking lot of the Centralia campus, underneath the Jerome and Millie Rakers clock tower. 
    Due to concerns about the weather, namely the heat, the ceremony was moved indoors to the Jane Knight Auditorium. 
    Graduates waited outside, mingling with family members in the parking lot, or their cars, until they were called by college president George Evans to line up for the conferring of degrees and certificates.
    Two lines stretched through the plaza outside.
    The ceremony was broadcast on WJBD Radio, and live streamed on the school’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

tractorgears    The Breese Journal is interested in featuring your farm equipment restoration projects in upcoming issues! Are you fixing up Dad's tractor to put it back to work on the farm? Polishing up your showpiece in anticipation of future parades? Let us know! We've made it easy with the handy questionnaire below.
    We'd also love to see your pictures, especially before and after photos or in-progress shots. Just pictures of your finished project are fine, too! You can copy and paste the questionnaire below, fill it out and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or cut the form out of this week's Breese Journal and mail or drop off your paper interview form at the Breese Journal, 8060 Old Hwy. 50 (P.O. Box 405), Breese, IL 62230. We can return your photos for pickup in the lobby. Thank you!

Download a printable pdf questionnaire form here:

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1) What brand(s) do you restore? 
2) Do you have a favorite model/series/year of manufacture, and why? 
3) Was your antique equipment handed down through your family? If not, what’s its history? 
4) Was the restoration of your equipment out of enjoyment or by necessity? 
5) What kind of help did you have with the restoration project(s)? Anyone you’d like to thank? 
6) Is your restored equipment still in use for regular farm work? 
7) What was your favorite restoration project?  What was the hardest?
8) How many tractors/farm implements have you restored thus far? 

9) What would your dream project be? 
10) What advice would you give to someone looking to start a restoration project? 

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