UPDATED: 'Positive movement' in investigation into Bear case

URBANA — Ford County’s sheriff won’t say when arrests may come, but he did say Thursday that there had been some “positive movement” in the investigation into the case of Bear, the brown Labrador mix found tied to a bridge near Sibley and badly injured last week.

Bus fire delays students’ trip to Chicago

GILMAN — The engine of a Peoria Charter bus hauling a group of Central High School Spanish Club students to Chicago caught fire this morning.

The bus made it about 50 miles north on Interstate 57 before catching fire. Students and staff were evacuated in Gilman. No one was injured, according to Champaign Unit 4 spokeswoman Stephanie Stuart.

UPDATE: Badly injured dog showing ‘resilience’

URBANA — The brown Labrador mix that was found badly injured in Ford County last week may have been tied to the bridge for longer than medical experts initially suspected.

Men's ensemble concert a hit in Gibson City

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — An enthusiastic crowd enjoyed an evening of a cappella music Friday night as the Constellation Men’s Ensemble of Chicago brought their music to the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City.

Memorial Day opening set for Gibson City pool

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s public swimming pool is expected to open on Memorial Day this year — a date that patrons have long requested but has not been possible in recent years.

Gibson City parks to gain wi-fi access, surveillance cameras

GIBSON CITY — Two of the main city parks in Gibson City are slated to gain wi-fi access and surveillance cameras in the near future.

A total of up to $22,000 was approved Monday night for the last three stages of an overall upgrade to park security and services.

GCMS bus bid reduced

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board was able to negotiate a reduction in a recently received bus transportation bid.

A single bid of $506,667 for bus route costs was received from Illinois Central School Bus. Supplemental mileage and driver costs brought the total bid to $556,187.

Ludlow woman sentenced to prison in drug case

URBANA — A Ludlow woman who admitted having cocaine intended for sale last fall has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Shellie R. Hardin, 38, pleaded guilty April 25 to possession with intent to deliver cocaine, admitting that on Oct. 31, she had between one and 15 grams of cocaine on her.

Public chooses option of building new preK-5 school at Clara Peterson site

PAXTON — PBL Eastlawn School might not be the only school in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district to see the wrecking ball in upcoming years.

Badly injured dog shows positive signs

URBANA — His jaw broken, his eye infected, his neck covered in puncture wounds from shotgun pellets, Bear wasn’t acting like a dog that wanted to live when he was rushed to the University of Illinois Veterinary Clinic last week.

But something changed in the last 48 hours, giving hope to those caring for the brown labrador mix found tied to a bridge and in Ford County on Thursday.

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