Pair linked to series of burglaries, vehicle thefts in western Iroquois County

GILMAN — Two men arrested recently for retail theft have been linked to several burglaries and vehicle thefts in western Iroquois County, the sheriff’s office said in an Aug. 26 news release.

Juan Perez, 18, of Gilman, and Aaron Tuttle, 19, of Danforth, were arrested for retail theft in Watseka on Aug. 20.

PBL schools placed on soft lockdown after students hear possible threats

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district was placed on a soft lockdown Thursday afternoon after two PBL Eastlawn School students reported they heard two men making threatening statements while children were outside during recess.

Murder victim's family wants maximum prison sentence

MILFORD — The family of Jonathan D. Rubin, the Gilman gas station clerk who was gunned down by a masked man in 2012, said his killer should receive the maximum possible term in prison.

Man who shot gas station clerk over denial of pack of cigarettes convicted of murder

WATSEKA — An Iroquois County man was convicted of first-degree murder Thursday night for fatally shooting a gas station clerk who had denied him the purchase of a pack of cigarettes.

A 12-member Iroquois County jury deliberated for about four hours before reaching its guilty verdict against Andrew M. Condon, 36, of rural Ashkum.

Doctor to speak at next Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Breakfast

ONARGA — Dr. Donald Reese, a family practice physician for Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services, will be the featured speaker at the University of Illinois Extension’s next Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Breakfast, set for 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the UI Extension office in Onarga.

22-year-old gets 4 years in prison for having sex with 14-year-old

PAXTON — A 22-year-old Sibley man has been sentenced to four years in prison for having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl on three occasions last March.

Ryan W. Young, 22, pleaded guilty June 29 to three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony, and was sentenced Tuesday by Ford County Circuit Judge Matt Fitton.

2nd installment of property taxes due in Ford County on Sept. 4

PAXTON — Ford County landowners are reminded that Friday, Sept. 4, is the due date for payment of the second installment of their 2014 property taxes.

Taxes may be paid at the Ford County Courthouse in Paxton, in the drop box in front of the courthouse, at any Ford County bank or by mail if postmarked no later than Sept. 4.

Paxton Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Contest & Festival getting bigger, better

PAXTON — Ben Grice thinks this year’s version of the Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival will be even more of an attraction both locally and regionally than those in years past, with a national blues act lined up to perform, a better selection of food vendors on hand, more businesses selling their wares on Market Street, more activities offered for children, and even more prize mon

Gibson City Council sells old squad car

GIBSON CITY — City council members took care of limited business during a short council meeting Monday night and identified several areas for future consideration.

Engelbrecht Grills & Cookers wins award

PAXTON — Engelbrecht Grills & Cookers’ worldwide reputation as a maker of luxury grills keeps growing.

In 2012, the Paxton-based company’s owner, Chris Engelbrecht, was commissioned to build a grill for the Obamas to give to David Cameron, prime minister of the United Kingdom.

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