Will Brumleve

Fire chief wants to put huge American flag by Interstate 57 in Paxton

PAXTON — Paxton’s fire chief wants to put a huge American flag atop a 150-foot-tall flagpole near the exit for the city on Interstate 57 — not only as a way to support the nation and its veterans but also to make his small city in Ford County stand out to travelers on one of the nation’s busiest highways.

Accolade closes Paxton nursing home, buys another

PAXTON — Accolade Healthcare has shut down one of its nursing homes in Paxton but purchased another, making the company the sole provider of long-term care in the Ford County seat.

Accolade Healthcare owner Moe Freedman said his firm closed Accolade Healthcare of Paxton, located at 1240 N. Market St., effective Nov. 1.

Boiler replacement eyed at Ford County Jail

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Building Commission is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to accept a bid from a contractor for the replacement of at least one boiler at the Ford County Jail.

Both of the jail’s two boilers are original to the 25-year-old facility, and both of them still work, Sheriff Mark Doran said.

Roberts library's 5,000-plus books to be given away next spring

ROBERTS — The 5,000-plus books that remain at the shuttered Roberts Public Library are expected to be given away on a first-come, first-served basis next spring.

The village board discussed how to dispose of the collection during its Nov. 5 meeting, when it was suggested that an open house/liquidation event be held.

Ford County eyeing only slight deficit in upcoming fiscal year

PAXTON — Ford County’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year is expected to finish with only a slight deficit thanks to careful spending and projected increases in revenue from the boarding of federal prisoners at the county jail, dispatching contracts with municipalities and the collection of fees by the circuit clerk’s office and state’s attorney’s office.

Ford County GOP leader: 'Very disappointed' in defeat of Rauner

PAXTON — Not long after Republican Bruce Rauner conceded defeat to his Democratic challenger in the race for governor in Tuesday’s general election, the head of the Ford County Republican party expressed his disappointment.

Ford County voters reject advisory ballot question on sales-tax increase

PAXTON — An advisory ballot question asking Ford County voters whether they would support a quarter-percent sales tax increase to fund public-safety expenses failed by more than 1,000 votes in Tuesday’s general election.

Unofficial vote totals showed a 2,967-to-1,961 margin rejecting the question, which was posed by the Ford County Board as an exploratory measure.

Wind-farm rule revisions advance to Ford County Board

PAXTON — The debate over wind energy in Ford County is not over, although some progress was finally made Thursday.

After hearing several hours of public comments over the course of three meetings in the past month, the Ford County Zoning Board of Appeals voted 4-0 to advance to the county board a package of recommended changes to the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms.

Paxton cops searching for cigarette thief

PAXTON — Paxton police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who stole more than $700 in cigarettes from a local liquor store.

Republicans challenged by Democrats for seats in District 2

In Ford County, the only contest is for a pair of seats on the Ford County Board in District 2, where Republicans Cindy Ihrke of rural Roberts and Ann Ihrke of rural Buckley are running against Democrats Marcia Peznowski of Roberts and Lori Reinert of Piper City. Each candidate answered questioned posed by the Ford County Record over the weekend ...

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