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…

Last month there was a security breach within Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative, and work has been done to correct the matter.

There were many happy shoppers this past fall at the Clara Peterson and PBL Jr High book fairs. The schools held their book fairs in September and October and students were able to purchase some of their favorite new books, according to information from the school.

A discussion about purchasing a new truck evolved into talk about how to do more sidewalk replacement in town. The Paxton City Council voted to buy a one ton diesel truck. The Ford truck itself will be purchased from Worden Martin, Champaign, for $40,320. The addition of a stainless dump bed…

SPRINGFIELD–The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with local, state, and federal health partners to take all preventative steps available to limit the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). While COVID-19 is not spreading in communities in Illinois or the U.S., t…

Kirsten Wyatt, PBL High School Agriculture teacher, has been awarded a $500 Empowering Education Grant from Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative, according to information provided. Wyatt is using the grant to go towards the PlasmaCam CNC Plasma Table System that will provide a modern hands-on…

Each month the junior high selects students from each grade level as students of the month. Students are selected by their teachers and it is an honor to receive this recognition. Students that are selected are given a certificate, have their picture put in the hallway and Ford Record, and h…

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda FFA chapter members, Kierstyn Lyons, Macee Jensen, Alexis Putnam, Jazmyn Kurland and Hope Watts, attended the annual 212-degree conference Feb. 7 and 8 in Decatur.

PAXTON — The recent high school boys game between Watseka and Paxton-Buckley-Loda wasn’t just about basketball.

The mayor of Roberts told the Ford County Board that the village doesn’t want to hurt Sibley and the Gibson City Melvin Sibley school district and keep those entities from a new source of tax income. Richard Flessner said the village board rescinded a resolution objecting to proposed changes…

The sale of the city’s airport to a North Carolina man who intends to use it for his crop-dusting business should be complete next month. Mayor Bill Ingold said David Hrupsa, of Roper, N.C., who owns Atlantic Ag Aviation Inc., has reviewed the proposed contract and the city council should vo…

Responding to the increasing number of people wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Sheriff Mark Doran Feb. 19 announced that Ford County citizens are being invited to become associate members of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association.

SPRINGFIELD – While some hazards such as storms, tornadoes and floods can be forecasted in order to provide advance noticed to residents in an area of danger, other hazards such as earthquakes cannot be predicted. Recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean are perfect examples that …

Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau will sponsor two Viewpoint Breakfast Meetings. The first meeting will be Feb. 20, at Happy Days Diner in Roberts. The second meeting will be March 3, at the Farm Bureau in Gilman, according to information from the Farm Bureau.

The Barber Education Trust was established in 1975 in memory of Edwin J. Barber for the purpose of as siting with the cost of tuition and feeds for those persons seeking to become full-time workers in Christ’s church, according to information provided. There is a minimum grant amount of $500…

An Iroquois county man told the Ford County Board he has applied to the state to grow marijuana on five acres he owns in Ford County. Michael Crowley of Thawville told the board he won’t hear anything back from the state until July. Crowley said his request was turned down in Iroquois County.

Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative welcomes journeyman lineman, Scott Lane. Lane recently joined the electric cooperative headquartered in Paxton, according to a news release. Lane brings 20 years of electrical contracting experience to Eastern Illini.

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PAXTON — “I’m 60, but I still play with toys.”