Jean Noellsch

Details emerge in case vs. parents accused of breaking infant's thighbone

PAXTON — New details emerged during Tuesday’s preliminary hearing for two Paxton residents accused of fracturing the thighbone of their 3-month-old daughter during an October incident.


75th annual 'Messiah' performance set for Sunday in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — This year’s “Messiah” performance will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Gibson City Bible Church, located on Gibson City’s west side at 309 N. Illinois 47.


Gibson City's annual 'Messiah' performances started in 1944

GIBSON CITY — The upcoming performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will mark the 75th year since Handel’s famous oratorio was first performed in Gibson City. This article looks at some of the performance highlights.

Teacher starts tradition


Residents critical of planning commission members

PAXTON — Ford County’s regulation of wind farms was the main topic of visitors who asked to address the county board during Monday night’s monthly meeting. Many were critical of the recent Ford County Planning Commission meeting.


Hymn Fest to be directed by former M-S chorus leader

GIBSON CITY — The annual Hymn Festival sponsored by the Gibson Area Music Foundation will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City.


Gibson City's budget supported by revenue from reserve funds

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members approved a budget for the 2019 fiscal year Monday night with little discussion.

Alderman Scott Davis, finance committee chairman, said council members met the previous Monday to review the budget.


Committee not yet in agreement on wind-farm rule changes

PAXTON — The meeting room in the basement of the Ford County Jail was filled to capacity for Monday night’s meeting of the Ford County Board’s zoning committee, perhaps with residents who hoped to learn the group’s decisions about revising the county’s ordinances regulating wind farms.


'Clean opinion' earned by Gibson City in annual audit

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Council adddressed four agenda items and heard one committee report Monday night.

The first item of business was hearing a summary of the 2016-17 fiscal year’s audit from Curt Liles of the Kemper CPA Firm of Champaign. Liles said the city earned a “clean opinion,” referring to wording from the management letter in the report.


Three redevelopment agreements approved by Paxton aldermen

PAXTON — During a 45-minute meeting last Tuesday, members of the Paxton City Council’s economic development committee heard details of three redevelopment agreements for properties in the city’s tax-increment financing (TIF) district.

The committee also discussed ongoing frustrations over the existing equalized assessed values of properties both inside and outside the TIF district.


Paxton City Council recognizes police chief, retiring treasurer, bravery of resident

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council took time during its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9, to recognize several employees before moving on with the rest of the meeting’s agenda, which included the approval of three tax-increment financing (TIF) redevelopment agreements.


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