GIBSON CITY — On the morning of Dec. 9, Gibson City’s five-member Community Development and Assistance Program (CDAP) committee voted unanimously to recommend the city council approve granting a CDAP loan to a local business to help it buy a downtown building at 301 N. Sangamon Ave.

PIPER CITY — Following a brief closed session, village trustees approved salary increases at their Dec. 4 meeting for two employees, plus Christmas bonuses for those same two workers and three part-time employees.

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will hold a public hearing on the school district’s property tax levy for 2019 at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the board room in the unit office in Paxton.

CHICAGO — The Illinois Farm Bureau’s annual member survey reflected three overwhelming themes: Farmers have less optimism for 2020; there is a profound need to regain lost export demand; and building new global markets is vital for the future.

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PAXTON — From pinewood American flags to tiki torches to bath bombs and candles, almost everything available for purchase at the newly opened store at 165 S. Market St. in downtown Paxton is handcrafted.

Among the more than 17,500 high school seniors in Illinois who were recently named 2020-21 Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission were 10 from Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School and 11 from Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School.

The public is invited to attend Wednesday evening Advent services on Dec. 4 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sibley, Dec. 11 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Anchor and Dec. 18 at the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City. A simple bread and soup supper begins at 6:15 p.m., and worship fol…

SPRINGFIELD — As the month of December arrived, many Illinois farmers were still working to harvest their corn and soybeans — the state’s two largest field crops — and agriculture officials are anticipating one of the smallest harvests in recent years.

ROBERTS — The village board’s president, Rick Flessner, said he planned to meet Friday, Dec. 6, with a contractor interested in completing remediation work at the site of the town’s water tower — work that has been requested by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

BUCKLEY — The village board on Dec. 2 authorized its president to sign paperwork from Frontier Communications related to $4,011 in repairs made to drain tile on South Elm Street that the company agreed to reimburse to the village after the company damaged it while digging.

BLOOMINGTON — Nearly 70 students from across the 53rd Senate District — including those from Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School and Iroquois West High School — came to Bloomington-Normal recently to offer up their ideas for new laws to state Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington.

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PAXTON — In an otherwise amicable meeting on Nov. 26, the chairman of the Ford County Board’s zoning committee lashed out at his fellow committee members, telling them he was at his “wits’ end” over their continued nitpicking in drafting revisions to the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms.

ROBERTS — A benefit for Lyle Adkins, who is currently on the liver transplant list through Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Roberts Gym on Weldon Street in Roberts.

PAXTON — PRIDE in Paxton’s Christmas Parade is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, in downtown Paxton, with the theme being “Chocolate Gumdrops and Golden Tickets: Imagine the Possibilities!”

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board members learned at their Nov. 18 meeting that all three of the district’s schools have achieved a “commendable” summative designation, as given by the Illinois State Board of Education.

GIBSON CITY — The County Market in Gibson City could soon be more than just a grocery store. It could become a place for patrons to drink alcohol and play video-gambling machines.