Will Brumleve

Custodian back to work just 6 weeks after double-knee replacement

GIBSON CITY — After having both of his knees replaced with artificial joints, Carl Welch could have taken more time to rest. The six weeks of work he missed could have been eight or 10, or even more.

Terrorism suspect appears in Paxton courtroom on unrelated charges

PAXTON — A former Ford County sheriff’s deputy who is awaiting trial in federal court for alleged acts of terrorism appeared Tuesday in Ford County Circuit Court on unrelated criminal charges.

After one-year hiatus, Higgins brothers claim cookoff title

PAXTON — With not having competed in a barbecue cookoff in two years, brothers Joe and Tim Higgins didn’t think they would be named the winners of the seventh annual Paxton Swine ‘N Dine BBQ Contest on Saturday.

The two Gibson City men had done well in past editions of the contest in downtown Paxton, having claimed reserve champion honors in 2015 and third overall in 2014.

Wind-farm debate picks up steam in Ford County

PAXTON — The disagreement over how close wind turbines should be allowed to homes in rural areas of Ford County was apparent by the attire worn by some people in the audience of last week’s Ford County Planning Commission meeting.

“Wind works for Ford County,” read the blue shirts worn by some in the packed second-floor courtroom at the Ford County Courthouse.

Downtown Paxton building renovated with a historical touch

PAXTON — The 19th Century building at 119 S. Market St. in downtown Paxton has a newly repainted facade, a new front door and new windows, and a beautified interior featuring a new drop ceiling, new cabinetry and new lighting.

Three area high schools to offer CEO program starting next fall

GIBSON CITY — Early on in his presentation Thursday to Gibson City business leaders about the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship’s Prairielands CEO program, Austin Brooks showed a video of one of the program’s former participants.

New law allows for waiver of court fines for low-income individuals

PAXTON — Ford County’s budget could see a reduction in revenue under a new state law that streamlines the fines and fees Illinois’ circuit courts can collect and allows low-income individuals who are unable to pay their court fines to petition for those fees to be waived.

County officials sued by fired animal control warden

WATSEKA — In a lawsuit filed against two Iroquois County Board members and the county’s animal control administrator, a former animal control warden alleges she was maliciously fired last October in retaliation for speaking out about corruption in her workplace.

BBQ festival keeps getting bigger, better

PAXTON — What started out in 2012 as a small, backyard barbecue contest has evolved into Paxton’s biggest event of the year.

And the seventh annual version of the Paxton Swine ‘N Dine BBQ Contest & Festival — scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15, in downtown Paxton — is expected to be perhaps the biggest yet.

Fitness/wellness center targeted for Oct. 1 opening

GIBSON CITY — Come October, clients of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services’ Elite Performance facility in Gibson City will have more space — and more things to do — during their one-on-one workouts with personal trainers.

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