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SPRINGFIELD — A man seen scoping out banks in Paxton in December 2015 has been sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison for the attempted robbery of one of the local banks, as well as armed robberies he committed at banks in Champaign, Rantoul, Danville and northwestern Indiana.
RANKIN — Rankin Village Board members voted last Thursday to hire Bob Houff, chief of police in nearby Potomac, to fill Rankin’s long-vacant police officer position.
Houff will work in Rankin on a part-time basis. Houff also serves the village of Siddell part-time.
PAXTON — Eric Evans, chairman of the Ford County Emergency Telephone System (911) Board, told the Ford County Board on Monday night that the 911 board will be the first in the state to install a certain new computer system.
By ROSS BROWN
Ford County Record correspondent
GIBSON CITY — Following a lengthy discussion, Gibson City Council members recommended changes Monday night to a proposed ordinance that would provide for a grant program for façade improvements on downtown businesses.
PAXTON — The Tri-County Players will hold auditions for their next production at the Market Street Theatre in downtown Paxton on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon.
The title of the show will be determined prior to auditions.
WATSEKA — Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka announced that it will file a certificate of need with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to close the hospital’s obstetrics services unit, effective July 31.
PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity:
BUCKLEY — Witnesses to a fight outside the Dutchmaster Bar in downtown Buckley on Christmas night have told police that the man who threw the first punch was the same man who later died at an area hospital.
GIBSON CITY — A Mexican restaurant is slated to open in February in the former Pizza Hut restaurant building at 1120 S. Sangamon Ave. in Gibson City.
PAXTON — Pizza Hut restaurants in Paxton, Watseka and Monticello were slated to close Dec. 31, just a little over a month after Gibson City’s closed.
Pizza Hut franchisee Mike Stegman of Wichita, Kan., confirmed the news last week following reports from multiple news outlets that the restaurants would be shuttered at year’s end.