Missing Paxton man found in Missouri

PAXTON — A 25-year-old Paxton man who had been missing for several days was found unharmed in Missouri on Wednesday, July 20.

Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane said Blake M. Thorne was located north of the unincorporated community of Cadet in Washington County in eastern Missouri. Police “pinged” his phone to determine his whereabouts, Bane said.

Some tips to stay safe in the extreme heat

The Illinois Department of Public Health provided the following tips to stay safe in extreme temperatures:

— Stay in air-conditioned buildings. Ford County Residents seeking a cooling center are encouraged to visit their local library during normal library business hours in Paxton, Gibson City, Melvin and Piper City

— Do not rely on fans as your primary cooling device.

Paxton nursing home conducting back-to-school supplies drive

PAXTON — Paxton Healthcare & Rehab is sponsoring a back-to-school supplies drive through Thursday, Aug. 25. Donations will be accepted at the nursing home located at 1240 N. Market St. in Paxton. Supplies will be donated to schools in Paxton.

Dead birds needed for West Nile virus testing

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Public Health Department is asking for assistance from the public in the collection of dead birds found in Iroquois county. 

List of upcoming community events (July 20, 2016)

The Ford County Historical Society’s Water Tower Museum, located at 135 S. Market St. behind Paxton City Hall, is open every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission to the museum, which specializes in Ford County history, is free. For more information, call 217-379-3723 or 217-379-4111.

Police Blotter (July 20, 2016)

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

Ford County Circuit Court cases (July 20, 2016)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court, as posted at

• James A. Stevens, 42, of Bloomington, for false impersonation of a peace officer.
• Sebastian A. Burgrabe, 26, of Paxton, for burglary.


PBL board trying to cut costs for potential new school/building addition

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members already know that at least some people in the community would support a ballot measure to fund the construction of a new elementary school or addition to an existing school.

But board members also know there are plenty of others in the community who think the $30-million-plus price tag is simply too high.

Several staff positions filled by PBL school board

PAXTON — The Paxton Buckley-Loda school board filled several staff positions during its July 13 meeting.

Kids resale store opens on Market Street in Paxton

PAXTON — Teri Hancock kept hearing from her customers at Market Street General Store in downtown Paxton of the need for a children’s clothing store in town.

Hancock agreed — and took immediate action.

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