PAXTON — The Paxton City Council plans to approve an ordinance in June that would call for stop signs to be installed at three of the city’s most accident-prone unmarked intersections.
SPRINGFIELD — State Rep. Tom Bennett, R-Gibson City, spoke out this week against a proposal to implement a graduated income tax increase in Illinois, calling the idea “unnecessary and unwise” for Illinois taxpayers.
PAXTON — Members of the Ford County Board are fed up with Chicago’s overarching influence in state politics, and they hope other county boards downstate join them in making the same statement.
ROBERTS — Residents of the Kempton area in northern Ford County and members of the county board will have to wait a bit longer to meet with officials from EDF Renewables, the company that owns the Kelly Creek Wind Farm, to discuss television reception issues allegedly caused by the wind farm.
PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district will need to apply for a zoning variance to allow for a 150-foot flagpole to be built immediately west of its high school in Paxton.
PAXTON — The nonprofit Paxton-Buckley-Loda Education Foundation is seeking sponsors for its various programs and events to be offered in the 2019-20 school year.
SPRINGFIELD — State troopers across Illinois participated in Distracted Driving Awareness Week from April 21-27, giving special attention to distracted driving while still enforcing other traffic violations.
PAXTON — Tayler Parrish, a junior at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, will be a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Mass., on June 23-25.
Followers of the Ford County Record’s Facebook page were asked this week: “Do you think the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board should reconsider its planned demolition of historic PBL Eastlawn School, the former Paxton Community High School building? If so, why? If not, why not?” Select respon…
PAXTON — Landmarks Illinois has joined a group of Paxton residents in urging the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district to halt its plans to have its oldest school building torn down this fall.
PAXTON — A former special agent for the Illinois State Police was sentenced to 30 months of probation and six months in the Ford County Jail for calling 911 and falsely reporting that someone was coming to his home to physically assault him.
ELLIOTT — Water remains the topic of interest at Elliott village board meetings, although the mood is generally more positive now that the board is moving forward with improving the water supply rather than just repainting the water tower’s exterior.
PAXTON — The Paxton Park District’s board of commissioners approved this summer’s fee rates for the public swimming pool at Coady Park during its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 14.
PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will vote Wednesday night on the approval of outdoor lighting, building and traffic signage, sidewalks and parking areas for the newly built addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School’s east side.
RANKIN — Village board members approved raising the fees for liquor licenses last week as part of updates to the town’s liquor ordinances.
LODA — On two Saturdays this month, volunteers will be removing the wooden mulch surrounding the playground structures at the village park in preparation for having a company replace it with rubber mulch.
Tickets are being sold for the Melvin fire department’s annual raffle, which will award as prizes either $500 in cash or a choice of one of five guns or a gun safe. The drawing will be held June 29 in conjunction with the Ford County Fair’s demolition derby. Raffle tickets cost $10 each and …
PAXTON — It remains a mystery what will happen to a property on Paxton’s east side after the old hospital building there is torn down starting later this month.
LAKE IROQUOIS — Thousands of fish are being added to Lake Iroquois to help replenish the sparse population that remained following last summer’s massive fish kill.
ROBERTS — The remaining inventory of books at the shuttered Roberts Public Library will be given away to anyone who wants them during an open house/liquidation event on Saturday, May 18.
BUCKLEY — The village board learned Monday that there were about five complaints of excessively high water bills in the previous month, including one from Christ Lutheran High School.
PIPER CITY — Village board members firmed up plans last week for installing a new play structure at the town’s main park on June 1, weather permitting.
GIBSON CITY — The Ford County Public Health Department has issued no citations to businesses for violating the Smoke-Free Illinois Act, even though some remain noncompliant.
GIBSON CITY — With brown paper and a “coming soon” message covering its front windows, the intrigue has been growing for weeks about the upcoming opening of Syd & Sadie’s Boutique at 102 N. Sangamon Ave. in downtown Gibson City.
PAXTON — An Indiana man was charged Monday with reckless homicide and aggravated reckless driving in connection with a March 2018 accident near Piper City that killed a Michigan woman.
PAXTON — Pizza Palace is expected to open later this month in Paxton, giving owner Eric Bull his third such restaurant along a 32-mile stretch of Interstate 57.
PAXTON — State Rep. Tom Bennett said Thursday that he plans to file legislation in the next few days that would call for a sign to be installed in Paxton in memory of a state trooper who was killed in a gun battle in the 600 block of East Pells Street nearly 73 years ago.
WATSEKA — A Paxton woman is scheduled to appear in Iroquois County Circuit Court later this month on felony residential burglary and theft charges alleging she stole more than $10,000 in cash from a Loda resident’s home in February.
WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Public Health Department is asking for assistance from the public in the collection of dead birds found in Iroquois County.
Friday Nights Under the Lights in Downtown Gibson City — a monthly car cruise — will be held on the third Friday of each month this summer starting in May. Organizers are encouraging residents of Gibson City and elsewhere to participate by cruising Sangamon Avenue downtown, or simply parking…
PAXTON — A hearing has been scheduled for July in Ford County Circuit Court to consider the potential dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office against the TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast west of Paxton.
PAXTON — A Chicago man awaiting trial in Ford County on felony burglary and retail theft charges is believed to have been killed in a shooting in the Englewood neighborhood on the city’s South Side.
PAXTON — The restaurant building in Paxton that once occupied a Pizza Hut and has seen two diners open there since then, only to close months later, is getting ready to welcome a new tenant.
GIBSON CITY — Members of Gibson City’s pool board met Monday at the swimming pool to tour the facility and discuss what work remains to be done before the pool opens at noon May 31.
GIBSON CITY — The committee exploring options to replace Gibson City’s aging swimming pool heard the pros and cons of indoor and outdoor swimming pools during a presentation Monday by Andrew Kieser, a project manager for Fehr Graham, an engineering and environmental company based in Champaign.
GIBSON CITY — Marilyn Ames’ passion for history rubbed off on her students during her lengthy teaching career at now-defunct Melvin-Sibley Junior/Senior High School.
PAXTON — The Paxton Park District’s board of commissioners has called a special meeting for 6 p.m. Thursday to discuss the possibility of expanding this summer’s proposed hours of operation of the public swimming pool at Coady Park.
PAXTON — Dawn Bachtold was re-elected as the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board’s president for the next two years during the board’s reorganizational meeting last week.
PIPER CITY — Mayor Jeff Orr told village trustees last Wednesday that he had sent a number of letters to residents explaining various ordinance violations or other areas in which their cooperation was needed.