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Milford man pleads not guilty to attempted murder, other felonies

WATSEKA — A man who allegedly threw a tomahawk at an Iroquois County sheriff’s deputy last month pleaded not guilty Friday to one count of attempted murder, among other felony charges.


Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken might come to Paxton

PAXTON — Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken could soon be opening a restaurant in Paxton.

Paxton resident Steve Meuser said Friday he has finalized a franchise agreement with the company to allow him to open a Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken restaurant on Illinois 9 just west of the Interstate 57 interchange.


PBL's Johnson named commended student in National Merit Scholarship program

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School Principal Travis Duley announced that senior Cooper Johnson has been named a commended student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship program.

A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corp. (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by Duley to Johnson.


Gibson City golf course might close if no buyer can be found

GIBSON CITY — A public golf course in Gibson City is up for sale, and if no buyer can be found soon, it might end up closing, its owner said.


Man dies from injuries sustained in Kankakee County crash

KANKAKEE COUNTY — A Will County man has died from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash in Kankakee County on Sept. 19.

District 21 Illinois State Police said Zachary Gonzalez, 20, of Monee, was pronounced dead at Loyola Hospital on Sept. 20.


‘We’re that close’ to eradicating polio

GIBSON CITY — “We’re that close,” Rotary District 6490 Governor Kevin Yonce told members of the Gibson City Rotary Club on Aug. 31, showing his thumb and index finger only a half-inch apart.


Snow-plowing complaints made to Loda Village Board

LODA — Loda resident Terry Henricks stopped by the village board meeting last Wednesday night.

He also had plenty to say.

With the winter a scant few months away, Henricks expressed complaints about the quality of the snow plowing that took place during the 2015-16 winter season. He had pictures on his cell phone of the alleged careless snow plowing.


PBL superintendent: Budget’s deficit might end up smaller

PAXTON — Following a 4-minute public hearing last Wednesday, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board approved the school district’s budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.


'Third party' might handle transcript requests for PBL

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district officials are considering entering into a contract with a third-party company to provide transcripts requested by PBL High School graduates.


GCMS projecting deficits in pair of funds

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board approved the school district’s budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year Monday night, showing a $325,000 deficit in the educational fund and a $75,000 deficit in the transportation fund.

The deficit in the transportation fund, according to Superintendent Jeremy Darnell, is due to the proration, or cutting, of state revenue.


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