PAXTON — Kamalen Johnson Anderson gets anxious whenever she sees people walking along the right-hand side of a street, with their backs turned to the traffic heading toward them from behind.
PAXTON — A proposed ordinance that would regulate the installation of solar-energy systems on rooftops and in yards in Paxton will be considered by the city’s planning commission prior to the city council taking a vote on the proposal as early as September.
URBANA — Over the objections of domestic terrorism suspect Michael B. Hari’s public defenders, a federal judge has granted prosecutors’ request to postpone the 48-year-old Clarence man’s trial in Urbana until Sept. 17.
PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district is inviting the community to a dedication event to be held in September for the new two-story, 63,400-square-foot addition built on Clara Peterson Elementary School’s east side.
PAXTON — Paxton native Kendall Cox has decided to pursue his dream of owning and operating a funeral home and is making it a reality in his hometown along with his girlfriend and business partner, K’Lee McGary, who is a Watseka native and also a licensed funeral director.
URBANA — With the sentencing phase of Brendt Christensen’s murder trial in Peoria expected to run into next week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is concerned that the lead prosecutor assigned to that case may not be available as lead counsel in domestic terrorism suspect Michael B. Hari’s schedu…
CHEBANSE — A Tennessee woman died and two Naperville residents were injured when the single-engine airplane they were riding in crashed Friday in a field in northern Iroquois County.
PAXTON — A Missouri woman who was injured when her horse tripped on a dirt-covered concrete structure as she was participating in a barrel racing event during the Ford County Fair’s C-Bar Rodeo in 2017 is suing the fair and the rodeo company for more than $100,000.
ELLIOTT — The heat inside Village Hall due to a non-working air-conditioning unit did not deter 13 residents from attending Tuesday night’s meeting of the Elliott Village Board, and the heat nearly matched the heated words of one resident objecting to his water bill.
GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members on Monday night approved spending $165,745 to buy a new backhoe and wheel loader from Birkey’s Farm Store in Gibson City.
PAXTON — Starting Dec. 1, 2022, Ford County Board members will only be allowed to be paid once in a four-year term for attending meetings of committees to which they do not belong.
PAXTON — In preparation for tearing down PBL Eastlawn School, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district will be auctioning off practically everything inside the 94-year-old school building on Saturday.
GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s fire chief said a house fire on Independence Day likely was caused by an electrical problem that resulted from a tree limb falling on a power line next to the home earlier in the day.
ROBERTS — The Roberts Village Board approved a contract during its July 1 meeting with the Champaign-based Farnsworth Group engineering firm to oversee the bidding process for the repainting of the exterior of the village’s water tower.
URBANA — An open-records request has revealed that $2.2 million will be given to the children of a Hoopeston man to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by his estate against Ford County, its sheriff and two county jail employees.
GIBSON CITY — The first tea party meeting in Ford County in seven years drew a small but voiceful crowd, pointing out issues that affected them.
BUCKLEY — The Buckley Village Board voted unanimously Monday night to accept a $143,000 bid from Utility Service Co. for the restoration of the 50,000-gallon elevated tank on the village’s water tower.
SIBLEY — Village trustees approved moving forward with a plan to replace aging and unsafe playground equipment Monday night, with a goal to raise $30,000 through donations.
PAXTON — Legislation that would designate a section of Illinois 9 on Paxton’s east side as the “Trooper Marvin C. Archer Memorial Road” failed to advance out of the state Senate in June but will have a second shot at passage this fall.
PAXTON — The Illinois Attorney General’s Office claims a bed-and-breakfast near Paxton is merely trying to “continue to delay the administration of justice” by filing a “meritless,” “legally unsound” and “vague” motion in court seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against the B&B o…
PAXTON — A 67-year-old Paxton woman who was found dead in her mobile home following a fire there Wednesday night likely died prior to the blaze, Ford County Coroner Rick Flessner said.
SPRINGFIELD — While marijuana consumption and possession will become legal for Illinois residents over 21 years of age starting Jan. 1, 2020, consumption in public places will still be prohibited and local governments will maintain control as to whether the industry can conduct business with…
GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Through the Years Historical Walk is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21, in the pavilion at Gibson City’s North Park, with proceeds going toward the city’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2021.
PAXTON — For a fourth straight year, Ford County landowners can expect to see a reduction in the amount of property taxes collected for the maintenance of three county-owned facilities.
PAXTON — Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran struck a deer with his squad car Tuesday night, causing an estimated $3,000 to $4,000 in front-end damage.
SPRINGFIELD — Recreational marijuana use and possession will be legal in Illinois beginning Jan. 1, 2020, after Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a legalization bill into law Tuesday in Chicago.
GIBSON CITY — After repeatedly delaying the installation of a lift station for the new DCT Trucking facility at Jordan Industrial Park, Gibson City Council members approved the project Monday night.
MELVIN — The Ford County Fair announced Wednesday morning that the Martin Xtreme Supercross Racing event scheduled for Wednesday night will not be held after all.
ELLIOTT — Four people were taken to a Gibson City hospital for treatment of what police described as non-life-threatening injuries following a two-vehicle collision south of Elliott on Monday afternoon.
RANKIN — An arson investigator for the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office has been unable to determine what caused a dilapidated grade school building in Rankin to catch fire on June 15, an agency spokesman said Monday.
PAXTON — On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City, members of the LGBTQ community plan to march on the sidewalks of Paxton as a way to celebrate their gay pride.
ROBERTS — The Ford County Board’s highway committee will decide next week whether to release $2.77 million in escrow funds to the developer of the Kelly Creek Wind Farm as part of a settlement reached in a long-standing dispute over the adequacy of road repairs made following the project’s c…
PAXTON — It remains unclear whether the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district will need to obtain any permits from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency before moving forward with the demolition of the historic PBL Eastlawn School building.
MELVIN — Seven young ladies will be vying for the title of Miss Ford County 2019 during the annual fair queen pageant at 7 p.m. Monday, June 24, in the dance building on the fairgrounds in Melvin.
PAXTON — When Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold gives his annual Independence Day speech in the historic pavilion at Pells Park, among the topics will be the stage on which he is standing.
ROBERTS — An investigator for the state fire marshal’s office suspects an electrical issue caused a fire that engulfed a one-story home on Hickory Drive in Roberts on Thursday morning, the village’s fire chief said.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Ford County man who faces trial in the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque had tried to escape from custody earlier this year.