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7-9 inches of snow possible this weekend

A winter storm watch has been issued for East Central Illinois from Saturday night through Sunday night.

The National Weather Service said snow will begin falling Saturday night and continue through Sunday night. Six to 7 inches of snow are possible in the southern part of the area, while 7 to 9 inches are possible in northern areas, including Champaign.


'Snow routes' could be enforced this weekend in Paxton, Gibson City

People whose vehicles remain on certain streets in Paxton or Gibson City following heavy snowfalls may risk having their vehicles towed at their own expense.

Paxton and Gibson City both have “snow routes” that go into effect following big snowfalls. Paxton’s snow routes go into effect after a 2-inch snowfall, while Gibson City’s go into effect after a 3-inch snowfall.


We hope Santa got these letters ...

Editor’s note: These letters to Santa from second-graders in Jamie Grider’s class at Clara Peterson Elementary School were inadvertently omitted from the Paxton Record’s annual Holiday Greetings section.

My dearest Santa,
What is your favorite reindeer?  What type of cookies do you want? Thank you for giving me Ninja Turtles.  I am even faster than last year!


Barickman again named to leadership posts on Senate Judiciary Committee and Legislative Audit Commission

SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, will again serve as the Republican leader for the Senate Judiciary Committee and Legislative Audit Commission.


Semi driver arrested for DUI after I-57 crash

KANKAKEE — A Georgia man who crashed the semi-trailer he was driving on Interstate 57 near Kankakee was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol Thursday night.

District 21 Illinois State Police (ISP) said Marcus Duse, 51, of Decatur, Ga., was the driver of a semi-trailer that had crashed on the northbound exit ramp at milepost 308.


GCMS student wins local American history essay contest

GIBSON CITY — The Gov. Thomas Ford Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) announced the winning essay in its annual American history essay contest.

Hannah Cliff, a seventh-grader at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Middle School, won the local and the District III division of the contest. Her essay advanced to the state competition.


U.S. Postal Service warns of email scam

BEDFORD PARK — Some postal customers have been receiving bogus emails about a package delivery or online postage charges, the U.S. Postal Service warned Thursday.

The emails contain a link or attachment that, when opened, installs a malicious virus that can steal personal information from a person’s computer.


Poisonous spider re-emerges at Paxton school

PAXTON — The poisonous brown recluse spider has re-emerged in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district after a seven-year hiatus.


PBL turns to experienced ex-board member to fill Swan's seat

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board selected its former longtime president to fill a vacancy on the board Wednesday night.


State senator to host town hall meeting in Watseka

WATSEKA — State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, will meet with area residents to discuss the ongoing spring legislative session and what 2015 will mean for education, agriculture and the state budget during a town hall meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Watseka Public Library, 201 S. Fourth St., Watseka.

No reservations are required.


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