Sibley to start flushing hydrants

SIBLEY — Starting in May, fire hydrants in Sibley will be flished on the first Wednesday of each month, it was announced at the April village board meeting.

After the village has completed flushing hydrants each month, water service customers are asked to flush/run an outside water line at their residence/business.

In other news:

Bennett re-elected chairman of Ford County Republican Central Committee

PAXTON — Gibson City resident Tom Bennett was re-elected chairman of the Ford County Republican Central Committee during its annual County Convention April 16 at the Ford County Courthouse. 

Gibson City grandma has long record of selfless acts

GIBSON CITY — When you’re in your 80s and walk with crutches, it might be easy to sit back and let others do the helping. But that’s never been Mary Timm’s way.

Names of Ford County prosecutor candidates released

PAXTON — Ford County Board Chairman Rick Bowen released the names of three attorneys who have applied for the to-be-vacated Ford County state’s attorney position Tuesday.

Ford County Circuit Court Cases (April 23, 2014)

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

• Eric M. Dambrosio, 22, of Dana, for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Stephen J. Fernandez, 32, of Paxton, for theft (under $500).
• Tara A. Brown, 33, of Paxton, for theft ($500 to $10,000).

Ford County Sheriff's Office police blotter (April 23, 2014)

PAXTON — The Ford County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of activity for the period of April 13-19:

Politics not as usual

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High School students apparently don’t like their new school lunches. They don’t care much for President Barack Obama either. And they, like many people old enough to vote, are frustrated with what they hear about government.

Longtime manager of Kirchner's in Paxton moving to Mahomet facility

PAXTON — Dave Parker, longtime manager of Kirchner Building Center in Paxton, has been named manager of the Kirchner Mahomet facility.

A 12-year employee of the company, Parker has served as manager at Paxton for 9 1/2 years.

Dan Warner has been named to succeed Parker as manager at Paxton. He has been employed by the company for two years.

PBL Hall of Fame's first induction class features Garrelts, Schweighart, Drendel

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda’s first induction class for the newly created PBL Hall of Fame features former Major League Baseball pitcher Scott Garrelts; the creator of the flying car, Sam Schweighart; and Frank Drendel, who is currently non-executive chairman of the board of CommScope Holding Company Inc., a public company that develops infrastructure solutions for communications networks in m

Splitting of health department grants no easy decision

GILMAN — For many years, residents of the Buckley and Loda areas in southern Iroquois County have been traveling to nearby Paxton in Ford County to utilize the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department’s services.

But it appears that will not be possible when the bi-county agency is dissolved July 1 and two new health departments begin independently serving Ford and Iroquois counties.

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