Digital Access

Digital Access
Access from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, sports, opinion and more. The Bureau County Republican is published Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! With bcralerts, get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device or by e-mail.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
Keep up with what's going on in your community by reading the bcrbriefs. This easy to read synopsis of today's news will be emailed directly to you Tuesday through Saturday at no charge. Sign up today!

Bureau-Putnam Health Dept. reports January inspection scores

The Bureau/Putnam County Health Department makes routine and unannounced visits each month to various food service establishments in Bureau and Putnam counties to inspect the operations.

Health inspectors use an identical scorecard at each facility, where they check for health code compliance in 45 areas. Each area carries a rating from one to five, with five being the most critical. Inspectors check the entire operations of the facility in 14 different categories, such as food protection, personnel, and garbage and refuse disposal.

Beginning with a score of 100 points, the health inspector deducts one to five points for every violation. The final total is the facility’s inspection report score. A passing food inspection score is 65 or above.

At 65, the Bureau/Putnam County ordinance allows the health department to close an establishment, but a score doesn’t have to be that low for the department to close it. It depends on the number of critical and non-critical violations and the type of violations. Certain combinations can create a domino effect for food-borne outbreaks.

All inspection reports are a matter of public record and can be seen at the Bureau County Health Department in Princeton.

Bureau County


Rip’s Tavern 96


Backwoods 86

Coffee Cup 90

Pin Splitter Lanes 95

Sullivan’s BP Mini Mart 96


Manlius Oil Convenience Store 99

Spring Valley

Spring Valley Head Start 96

Putnam County


Ali’s Pantry 93

Kaddywampus Sports Grill 91

Putnam County High School 99

Putnam County Primary School 99

Spring Valley Boat Club 94

The Corner Store 85

Casey’s General Store 96

Marquis Kids Kare L3C 99

Dollar General Store 91

Jalaram Trading Co.-Retail 93


Putnam County Elementary School 99

Spratt’s Tap 96


LJ’s Garden Cafe 91


Clover Club 89


Putnam County Junior High School 99


PC Achievement Services 96

Loading more