2018 PBL High School graduation ceremony

Here are some sights from Friday's commencement program at PBL High School ...


PAXTON — Marvel the cat is doing, well, just marvelous.

Two months after being found by a citizen along a road with its hair singed and its face swollen, the badly burned cat has completed its medical care at the Paxton Veterinary Clinic — and it has a new place to call home, too.

Melvin home destroyed by fire

MELVIN — A vacant home in Melvin was destroyed by fire Wednesday evening, and the state fire marshal’s office was investigating the cause Thursday.

Melvin Fire Chief Larry Boundy said an estimated 25 volunteer firefighters from Melvin, Roberts, Elliott and Gibson City battled the blaze at the 1 1/2-story home at 109 S. Green St.

Harvard-bound Adam McMullin expected to do 'amazing things'

PAXTON — In hindsight, Adam McMullin’s chemistry experiment last summer was “really dumb,” he admitted.

“I wouldn’t recommend anyone do it,” the 18-year-old Bayles Lake resident said, “because it was really dangerous.”

GCMS to eliminate one kindergarten section


GIBSON CITY — As a result of low enrollment, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Elementary School is eliminating one kindergarten section for the 2018-19 school year.

County board raises salaries for three elected officials

PAXTON — The Ford County Board approved raising the salaries of three elected officials during a special meeting Monday night.

The board approved a resolution to raise the salaries effective Dec. 1, 2018, when the three officials’ current terms end.

Loda's pavilion finally being repaired — and village won't pay for any labor

LODA — The pavilion at Loda’s park was being refurbished this week, and the construction company doing the work is not charging the village anything for the labor provided.

Paxton shooting range open June 2

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department’s shooting range will be open to the public for target practice, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2.

The daily fee is $10 per person.

The fee covers the person’s right to use the property and shooting targets, but people still need to provide their own gun, ammunition and ear and eye protection.

Police Blotter (May 18, 2018)

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity:

Ford County Circuit Court cases (May 18, 2018)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court, as posted at

• Dana M. Walter, no age or address listed, for violation of an order of protection.
• Ryan R. Rudisill, 38, of Rankin, for domestic battery.
• James M. Bryan, 55, of Rantoul, for unlawful use of a black-jack/knife.


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