PAXTON — Operating under the premise that no two Illinois counties are exactly alike these days, the Ford County Board will consider a resolution Monday to support reopening nonessential businesses sooner than the governor has in mind.

Spencer Meenen was selected as the State FFA Proficiency Winner in Fiber & Oil Crop Production. Spencer is a member of the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley FFA Chapter of the Illinois Association FFA. Illinois FFA recognizes students in fifty different areas based on their work-based learning, …

The Paxton City Council held its regular monthly meeting online via Zoom. Mayor Bill Ingold, City Clerk Gwen Smith and City Attorney Marc Miller were present in the council chambers, other employees were in their separate offices and aldermen and the public checked in from their homes. Few t…

Paxton will apply on the behalf of five local businesses for downstate Small Business Stabilization applications funded by Community Development Block Grant funds.

After careful consideration of all that has transpired over the period of March 23, 2020 till today, it has been decided to continue the closure of the Ford County Courthouse and Jail. Ford County citizens are still being infected and surrounding counties are still seeing increases in cases …

Ford County Public Health Department (FCPHD) is announcing one new case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), as of Monday. The individual is a female in her 50s.

The Paxton City Council has a full slate of aldermen for the first time since late last year. Tuesday night the council concurred with Mayor Bill Ingold’s appointment of Jonas Hoedebecke to fill the vacant Ward 4 seat created when Rob Steiger resigned because he moved out of city limits.

In a joint statement issued, local law enforcement leaders of Ford County confirmed that it was their intention to respond to calls received regarding alleged violations of the Governor’s Executive Order, and when necessary, seek voluntary compliance through education and discussion with any…

Each year the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and the National Society of Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) sponsor the Good Citizens program that is open to high school seniors enrolled in public or private schools accredited by their state board of ed…

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Paxton-Buckley-Loda teachers help their students, but they’re also helping the community in other ways.

Ford County, IL Daily COVID-19 Update Ford County Public Health Department (FCPHD) is announcing one additional case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

From Loda Michael Curry is motivated and determined to make a positive impact on the world. As a junior at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying crop and soil sciences, he is off to a good start.

The week of April 12-18 is week to acknowledge the first first responders, those who are behind the phone.

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Charles Tucker Magumba and his wife, Destiny Lukia Namukuve Magumba, of Uganda came to Paxton to participate in a prayer conference March 13-15 at the invitation of the First United Methodist Church. They are unable to return home at this time due to travel restrictions due to COVID-19.

Illinois Farm Bureau® (IFB) is accepting applications for its Illinois Veterinary Education and Training (IVET) loan program. Loans are available to students attending any accredited college of veterinary medicine in the U.S. and who are focused on Illinois food animal medicine.

For SARAH REHBERG, there’s nothing better than teaching kids to read, even when they’re not in school. The News-Gazette’s Teacher of the Week tries to do that in myriad interesting and engaging ways with second-graders at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Elementary.

We all have a part to play to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As we deal with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have also had many requests from individuals and businesses within the community who want to support health care workers. We’ve been h…

The Iroquois County Public Health Department has confirmed one additional case of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in an Iroquois County resident on April 5, 2020. Laboratory confirmed results for this individual were received today. They will remain in isolation per Illinois Department …

A Ford County resident has tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Ford County Public Health Department (FCPHD) was notified of a positive test result, according to state and local public health protocol. The individual is a male in his 70s and is in the hospital. Public hea…