Tobacco cessation classes offered in Gibson City — for free

GIBSON CITY — Tobacco cessation classes are being offered in upcoming weks by Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services — and they are free of charge to the public.

The program follows the guidelines established by the American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking program, which is designed for people who want to quit smoking or chewing tobacco.

Q&A with Gibson City Police Chief Adam Rosendahl

On Aug. 14, 37-year-old Adam Rosendahl was hired as Gibson City’s police chief, filling the void created last month when Chief Eric Hyatt succombed to colon cancer. A lifelong Gibson City resident and 1998 graduate of Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School, Rosendahl has worked for the police department since 2006, first as a patrolman, then as an investigator.

With chief's passing, promotion 'bitter-sweet' for Rosendahl

GIBSON CITY — When the time is right, Adam Rosendahl may one day move into a more spacious office in the Gibson City Police Department.

But for now, the police chief’s office still belongs to Eric Hyatt.

It has been less than a month since Rosendahl lost his “best friend” to colon cancer, and he and his fellow officers continue to grieve.

Paxton man charged for allegedly kicking pregnant girlfriend in stomach

PAXTON — A Paxton man who allegedly kicked his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach and punched her in the head has been charged in Ford County Circuit Court with two felony counts of aggravated battery.

On Wednesday, State’s Attorney Andrew Killian filed the charges — both Class 3 felonies — against Johnathan V. Paulo, 25, who listed an address at 537 W. Holmes St.

Indiana woman dies following crash in Iroquois County

CRESCENT CITY — An Indiana woman died following a two-vehicle crash north of Crescent City in Iroquois County on Wednesday night.

United Community Fund sets $32,000 fundraising goal

PAXTON — A message from the United Community Fund serving Paxton and surrounding communities should be arriving in residents’ mail boxes this week.

Gibson City Pool Board meeting rescheduled

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Pool board has rescheduled its Aug. 16 meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at City Hall, 101 E. 8th St., Gibson City.

During the meeting, which is open to the public, a financial report will be given, as well as reports from the pool’s assistant manager and manager.

Court upholds dismissal of Paxton B&B's appeal

SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois appeals court is standing by its decision to dismiss a Paxton bed-and-breakfast’s appeal of $80,000 in penalties imposed by the state’s Human Rights Commission in connection with the discrimination of a same-sex couple.

Letter from former Railside owners influenced council's vote

GIBSON CITY — Mayor Dan Dickey said he has read and re-read a “confidential” letter that was sent to himself and all members of the Gibson City Council by the former owners of Railside Golf Club, and he still cannot see how it caused the council to reject a proposal to give the golf course’s investors $5,000 for planned course improvements.

Paxton public pool to close for summer after Sunday

PAXTON -- After Sunday, Aug. 20, the public swimming pool in Paxton will be closed for the rest of the year.
The pool is closed this Thursday and Friday, but will re-open for the final two days of the season, as decided by the Paxton Park District Board of Commissioners at Tuesday's monthly meeting. Open hours will be 1-9 p.m. on Saturday and noon-5 p.m.

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