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The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s farmers’ market — The Market on Market — is held every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. on the lawn outside the Paxton Carnegie Library, 254 S. Market St., through Sept. 19. Items typically available for purchase include baked goods, fresh vegetables, fresh flo…
WATSEKA — The first day for candidates of established political parties to begin circulating nominating petitions for the March 17 primary election is Tuesday, Sept. 3.
RURAL MELVIN — A vacant home near Melvin was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning, likely the result of lightning striking a nearby tree, Melvin’s fire chief said.
GIBSON CITY — Using conservative revenue projections, the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district’s budget for the 2019-20 school year appears to be several thousand dollars in the red.
Following his discovery of two anti-aging vitamins, Dr. Gerald Aardsma of Loda answered questions from Ford County Record Editor Will Brumleve this week. Following is a sampling of the give-and-take:
LODA — A surprise inspection of Loda’s water system by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency revealed that nearly 15 percent of the water used in the village could not be accounted for.
RANKIN — Daiven Kayne Michael Emling fielded what he termed a “healthy mix” of both concerns and positive feedback about his plans to locate a cannabis cafe, bakery and dispensary in the Vermilion County village of Rankin during a public hearing last week.
CHICAGO — Illinois Judges Association President Margaret J. Mullen announced that 71 active or retired judges — including retired Ford County Circuit Judge Steve Pacey of Paxton — have been appointed to committees of the Illinois State Bar Association by its new president, David Sosin.
PAXTON — Asbestos abatement inside the former PBL Eastlawn School building is expected to begin as early as Monday, Aug. 26, Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members learned last week.
PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members reviewed the school district’s proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year last Wednesday night, then voted to place the budget on public display and set a budget hearing for 6 p.m. Sept. 18.
GIBSON CITY — Seeking to satisfy younger generations and to improve the downtown experience, Gibson City might be adding public Wi-Fi and a speaker system to the downtown area.
ROBERTS — The village’s water tower is scheduled to be repainted in September, after village trustees accepted an $85,140 bid to complete the work during their Aug. 5 meeting.
ELLIOTT — A public hearing was held last week on the village of Elliott’s application for a $500,000 state grant that would help fund the first phase of a proposed water-main replacement project.
GILMAN — Brian Norton, a resident of Paxton, has resigned from his position as a police officer in the Iroquois County community of Gilman and has accepted a job closer to home with the Ford County Sheriff’s Office, The Gilman Star reported.
LODA — It is only fitting that the Loda couple bringing new life to the town’s old grade school building have been working for years to find a way to prolong life.
GIBSON CITY — Robin Rose, Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services’ chief clinical officer and chief operating officer, was recently named the 2019 Illinois Rural Health Association’s administrator of the year.
PAXTON — The Ford County Public Building Commission has approved levying $200,000 in property taxes next summer for facility maintenance, marking the fourth straight year the levy has been reduced.
GIBSON CITY — Alamo Group Inc. will be creating some new jobs at its manufacturing plant in Gibson City with the recent acquisition of the Dixie Chopper business from Textron Outdoor Power Equipment Inc., a subsidiary of Textron Inc.
PAXTON — If assisted living would have been an option in Paxton for Deane Geiken’s mother, she would not be where she is today — in the unfamiliar city of Rantoul, miles away from her family.
PAXTON — The Paxton City Council voted 7-1 Tuesday night to approve an ordinance allowing restaurants and bars to set up tables and chairs for use by their customers on sidewalks adjacent to their buildings.
PAXTON — Paxton Park District commissioners were joined by Recreation Director Neal McKenry and members of the Save the Paxton Pool committee in touring the public swimming pool at Coady Park on Tuesday to see what repairs need to be made in preparation for next summer.
The Fisher Free Book Exchange is open from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at the corner of Sangamon and Third streets in downtown Fisher. The exchange includes reading material as well as rummage tables. A tip jar is available to help keep the doors open. It is o…
GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members approved the $32,000 purchase of a new Ford squad car for the Gibson City Police Department on Monday night.
PAXTON — The Ford County Board voted 8-3 Monday night to disburse the entire balance in an escrow account to EDF Renewables, the firm that owns the Kelly Creek Wind Farm in northern Ford County.
RANKIN — Resident Gary Polchow told village board members last week that he feels the village and the Vermilion County Public Health Department should be targeting another local property for cleanup just as aggressively as they are the old grade school building that burned to the ground in June.
PAXTON — Paxton’s city council is taking a wait-and-see approach in deciding whether to allow — or ban — recreational cannabis businesses in the Ford County community.
LODA — The former Loda Grade School building was recently purchased by the Aardsma family, who intend to clean up the property, renovate the building over time and use it for two of their businesses.
GIBSON CITY — A Norfolk Southern Railroad grade crossing in Gibson City will be closed for about a week starting Monday, Aug. 19, so it can be rebuilt.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An FBI agent has testified the accused Illinois militia leader charged with organizing the bombing of a Minnesota mosque kept a cache of guns, including assault rifles that were altered to be fully automatic.
SPRINGFIELD — The state organization representing local units of government is asking leaders in the General Assembly to make clarifying changes to the recreational marijuana law before it takes effect Jan. 1.
PAXTON — Central Lean's retail store in downtown Paxton is closing after eight years in business, but the company stressed that it will continue its home delivery and direct/route sales of locally produced pork, beef and poultry.
PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board’s finance committee will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, to discuss the district’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.
PAXTON — Ford County intends to bring in some revenue to its coffers by imposing its own sales tax on recreational marijuana purchases starting next year.
GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Council’s parks and buildings/technology committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, to hear a presentation by Gibson City-based MCS Technologies about a potential downtown Wi-Fi and speaker system.
SHELDON — Iroquois County’s coroner has released the name of the 17-year-old girl who was found dead Monday inside the home of a Sheldon resident who was later charged with her murder.