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Proposed hog-confinement facility near Sibley not yet OK'd by state

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Agriculture needs more time to decide whether a proposed hog-confinement facility to be built west of Sibley meets the eight siting criteria of the Livestock Management Facilities Act.


Quadrennial reassessment getting under way in Ford County

PAXTON — When Ford County residents see their multi-township assessor or an official with the supervisor of assessments office taking out a camera or a tape measure on their properties this year, it does not mean their real estate taxes will necessarily be rising.


Exploratory committee for new Gibson City pool 'hitting the ground running'

GIBSON CITY — A committee formed last week to explore options for a new swimming pool in Gibson City is “hitting the ground running” and hopes to have a proposed design and estimated costs for the city council to consider within four to six months, Mayor Dan Dickey said.


Country Garden Restaurant closing; new eatery to take its place

PAXTON — The Country Garden Restaurant, in operation for 27 years immediately west of the Interstate 57 interchange in Paxton, will be closing Sunday.

But it will not be long before the restaurant building at 1050 W. Ottawa Road re-opens under new owners, a new concept, a new menu and a new name.


Paxton selects firm to help develop streetscape project's scope, costs

PAXTON — In preparation for revamping Paxton’s historic downtown business district with the construction of a new street, curbs, sidewalks and street lights, the city council Tuesday night voted unanimously to select an engineering firm to help develop the project’s scope and costs.


Paxton cops waiting to see how Supreme Court ruling could affect impoundment practices

PAXTON — Impounding vehicles has been a money-making business for the Paxton Police Department since August 2009, when an ordinance went into effect requiring the owners of vehicles used in the commission of various crimes to pay a $500 administrative penalty, plus towing and storage fees, to get back their seized vehicles.


Child molester from Gibson City gets 35 years in prison

PAXTON — Before sentencing Ryan Todd Schoolcraft to 35 years in prison Monday for repeatedly sexually molesting a girl beginning when she was 11 years old, a Ford County judge heard testimony and evidence alleging the 43-year-old Gibson City man had previously had inappropriate sexual contact with at least three other girls, including one who gave birth to his first child.


Lutterbie joined by Ertels, Retherford as winners of Gibson Area Chamber awards

GIBSON CITY — Gary Lutterbie, the winner of the Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award, does not just talk the talk.

“Gary is a doer,” Karen Kummerow wrote in her letter nominating him for the award.


Gibson City man accused of bomb threat says story was concocted

GIBSON CITY — A Gibson City man charged with three felonies for allegedly threatening to “blow up” his wife’s teenaged niece at her school claims the girl concocted the story in an attempt to frame him and break up his marriage.


Huge increases in Ford County workers' salaries needed to keep up with minimum wage

PAXTON — Ford County would need to raise the starting salaries of its lowest-paid nonunionized workers by at least 5 percent each of the next six years to just barely meet the state’s new minimum-wage mandates.


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