Vermilion County Board members will say goodbye Friday to one of the board’s long-time members as Orick “Corky” Nightlinger steps down. His family has moved out of District 5, which Nightlinger has represented for almost 11 years.
Nightlinger, who is retired from the Commercial-News’ press room, stood as one of the strongest advocates on the county board for Vermilion Manor Nursing Home.
Vermilion Manor, which the county owned until last year, traced its roots to the old county farm that was located on the Catlin-Tilton Road just west of Tilton. The nursing home drew support from voters, who approved an increase in the county’s portion of the local property tax to help pay for the facility.
Nightlinger wanted to be sure the residents at Vermilion Manor were treated well, and often voiced his support of the nursing home.
However, when state funding for the facility began to lag as its expenses grew, county board members realized they had little option other than to see the nursing home to a private operator. It now is known as Gardenview Manor.
Nightlinger served as a faithful member of the board, doing his best to represent his constituents in District 5. His contributions will be missed.