Will Brumleve

Old Paxton building's second floor sees new life

PAXTON — Of the 40 or so people who toured the newly renovated second floor of Ford County’s oldest commercial building on Thursday, not one of them had to duck when walking up the stairs leading to it.

The removal of a low-lying wooden beam that made navigating the stairs a bit tricky in the past was one of the first improvements they must have noticed.


No place like home for PBL High grad in Navy

PAXTON — After living and working aboard a U.S. Navy ship for more than a year, Josiah Martin returned home — although only briefly — for what he termed a “belated” Christmas break.


Free summer concerts at Pells Park in Paxton come to an end

PAXTON — The annual series of summer concerts in the pavilion at Paxton’s Pells Park has come to an end — at least for now.


Gibson City man faces lengthy prison term for sexually assaulting girl

PAXTON — A 43-year-old Gibson City man convicted last week of sexually assaulting a girl under age 13 will be required to serve at least 16 years in prison when sentenced next month.


PBL declines to move forward on solar-energy project

PAXTON — After months of discussion and negotiations, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board decided not to pursue a company’s proposal to put solar panels on PBL’s schools.


Ford County set to hire two more employees

PAXTON — The Ford County Board is expected Monday night to authorize the county’s public health department and treasurer’s office to hire new employees.

On Thursday morning, the board’s finance committee voted 4-0 to recommend the full board approve a resolution authorizing the public health department to fill a soon-to-be-vacant full-time nursing position.


Buckley's Whitebird: 'I really want to put my best' into Ford County EMA job

PAXTON — If needed, Terry Whitebird said he will willingly step down from his volunteer roles as a trustee for the Buckley Village Board, office helper for the Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency and secretary and training officer for the Paxton Emergency Management Agency when he begins his new job as director of the Ford County Emergency Management Agency.


Wind-farm developer asking village to revise its formal protest

ROBERTS — The developer of a wind farm planned for the Roberts area of Ford County is asking the Roberts Village Board to revise a resolution it approved last month protesting some of the new rules for wind farms being considered by county officials.


Two swine facilities proposed to be built in Sibley area

SIBLEY — There are now two swine facilities proposed to be built in the Sibley area in western Ford County.

An informational meeting about one of them will be held by the Illinois Department of Agriculture at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Sullivant Township Hall, 125 W. Ohio St., Sibley.


Fire chief, school personnel to meet next week to select spot for huge flagpole

PAXTON — Paxton Fire Chief Denny Kingren said he plans to meet with Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district personnel next week to determine a location on school district property to place a 150-foot flagpole that would fly a huge American flag.


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