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Sibley firehouse to host open house/appreciation event on Aug. 2

SIBLEY — The Sullivant Township Fire Protection District is hosting a public open house and community appreciation event at its firehouse in Sibley at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2.

Volunteer firefighters will be serving grilled bratwurst, pork patties and sandwich chops from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as supplies last. Free-will donations will be accepted.


Paxton City Council to meet Monday night

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council’s water and sewer committee has called a meeting for 7 p.m. Monday, July 28, to discuss the retainer fee for Leander Construction.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the council chambers at City Hall, 145 S. Market St.


Melvin man acquitted of DUI, convicted of lying about crash

URBANA — A Champaign County jury Thursday returned a split verdict against a Melvin man who was charged with aggravated driving under the influence for seriously injuring a tractor driver then lying about being the driver.

The jury deliberated about four hours before acquitting Kevin Redeker, 44, of aggravated driving under the influence but convicting him of obstructing justice.


Nominee could be chosen to replace Harms on ballot Sunday

PAXTON — Five Republicans seeking to replace state Rep. Josh Harms on the November election ballot will be interviewed Sunday in Paxton, but the man chairing the committee that will choose Harms’ replacement is not sure if a selection will be made that day.


First Baptist Church in Paxton offers Vacation Bible School in August

PAXTON — The First Baptist Church in Paxton is hosting Vacation Bible School from Monday, Aug. 4, through Wednesday, Aug. 6, for children age 4 through fourth grade.

Registration forms can be completed ahead of time at www.fbcpaxton.org. Advance registration is not required.

The Vacation Bible School meets each day from 6-8 p.m. at the church, located at 430 S. High St., Paxton.


Hoopeston library collecting donations to benefit animal shelter

HOOPESTON — The Hoopeston Public Library continues to collect donations for the Hoopeston Animal Shelter through July 31.

The most-needed items are dry or canned dog food and cat food and non-clumping cat litter. Cash donations are also being accepted. Items may be dropped off in the Children’s Room during regular library hours.


Gibson Area Chamber schedules Community Appreciation Dinner at park

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Community Appreciation Dinner is scheduled for 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, in the pavilion at the North Park in Gibson City. The meal consists of all-you-can-eat fish, along with baked beans, coleslaw, bread and a drink for $5. Carryout orders will also be available. Also, ice cream will be available for purchase.


Barickman sets mobile office hours in area communities

Staff from state Sen. Jason Barickman’s office will be holding mobile office hours in several communities on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

“This is an opportunity to speak with staff members regarding any questions or concerns with state government,” a news release said.


IHSA sued by nonprofit watchdog group

CHICAGO — The Illinois High School Association once claimed in a court case it is a local public entity and fits squarely within the definition of a local public entity.

The IHSA, whose governing board includes public school officials, also claimed it was organized for the purpose of conducting public business.


Ford County Circuit Court Cases (July 24, 2014)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court, as posted at www.judici.com:

Felonies
• Joshua J. Edwards, 36, of Hoopeston, for driving on a license revoked or suspended due to DUI.
• Darin S. McCall, 48, of Clarence, for solicitation to meet a child (age 5 or older) and battery.


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