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Paxton Police Blotter (Sept. 25, 2018)

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


Custodian back to work just 6 weeks after double-knee replacement

GIBSON CITY — After having both of his knees replaced with artificial joints, Carl Welch could have taken more time to rest. The six weeks of work he missed could have been eight or 10, or even more.


Library in Roberts closed permanently

ROBERTS — The Roberts Public Library will not re-open, the village board decided at its monthly meeting on Sept. 10.

Closed since October 2016 following the discovery of rotted floor joists underneath a stage on the library’s north end, the facility at 108 E. Green St. in downtown Roberts needed about $5,000 in repairs to re-open.


Terrorism suspect appears in Paxton courtroom on unrelated charges

PAXTON — A former Ford County sheriff’s deputy who is awaiting trial in federal court for alleged acts of terrorism appeared Tuesday in Ford County Circuit Court on unrelated criminal charges.


Tolley hired as Paxton Area Chamber director

PAXTON — The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce has hired Ashley Tolley as its new executive director.

Tolley replaces Madison Duden, who recently graduated from Eastern Illinois University and accepted a job at Busey Bank.

Tolley is a 2004 graduate of Blue Ridge High School in Farmer City. She is married to Landon Tolley and has two children — Morgan, 8, and Warren, 3.


Entries, vendors sought for Gibson City's Lighted Christmas Parade

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s 24th annual Lighted Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce, is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, with the parade’s theme being “An Old-Fashioned Christmas.”


Flu clinics scheduled in Iroquois County

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD) released its 2017 flu clinic schedule. 

Dee Ann Schippert, public health administrator, said clinics have been scheduled throughout Iroquois County in order to provide easy access for residents. 


Ford County Public Health schedules walk-in flu clinics

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department released its 2018 flu clinic schedule recently.

Fifteen walk-in flu clinics are scheduled in Ford County through October. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are strongly advising vaccinations for everyone 6 months of age and older.


List of upcoming community events (Sept. 19, 2018)

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets from 9 to 11 a.m. on the third Friday of each month at the Paxton Church of the Nazarene, 302 W. State St., Paxton. Meetings for the 2018-19 year will be held Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 21, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15, on a date to be determined in April and on May 17.


Jordan Giese named PBL High School's student of month

PAXTON — Jordan Giese of Loda has been named Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s student of the month for September.

The senior was nominated for the award by his chemistry and physics teacher, Dave Shellhamer. In Shellhamer’s nomination letter, he wrote:


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