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PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department wants Ford County residents to be aware of the Zika virus and how to protect themselves from the virus and other mosquito-borne viruses
As of Jan. 28, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) had reported three cases of the Zika virus disease statewide.
PAXTON — Four dogs and a cat perished in a house fire Thursday night on Paxton’s east side.
Paxton Fire Chief Denny Kingren said about 20 Paxton firefighters and 12 from Loda responded to the blaze at a one-story home at 334 S. Winter St. shortly after 11 p.m.
BELLEVILLE (AP) — The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is asking its federal counterpart for more time to assess damage form early-winter floods that struck nearly two dozen counties.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the state agency is seeking to extend the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Friday deadline for damage assessments until March 14.
CISSNA PARK — Cissna Park’s former bookkeeper/collector and clerk was ordered by a judge this week to pay $100,350 to the village’s insurance carrier, reflecting the amount it says she stole from the village over a six-year period.
GIBSON CITY — In a nod to promoting economic development, Mayor Dan Dickey scheduled Monday night’s regular meeting of the Gibson City Council at the Villas of Hollybrook, an assisted-living facility which opened during the past year.
GIBSON CITY — Jessalyn Davis is the newest mayoral appointee as Junior Alderman of the Gibson City Council.
City Clerk Carla Moxley administered the oath of office during Monday night’s council meeting.
PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will discuss tonight the possibility of obtaining the state Legislature’s approval for the school district to exceed its debt limitation by issuing a 25-year bond.
PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s facilitating team will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the board room at the unit office at PBL Junior High School in Paxton.
ROBERTS — Separating their work from their personal lives is a daily challenge for Ralph Denault, wife Pat and their son David.
But working together in their newly built 5,000-square-foot auto-repair shop along the rural highway that runs through Roberts in central Ford County also happens to be “a lot of fun,” Ralph Denault noted.
RANKIN — The contractor that restored Rankin’s water tower last year emailed the village’s engineer in January, inquiring about why the village board had decided to withhold payment of $9,300 owed to the company.