GCMS's Weber-Jones receives national honor


Police Blotter (June 22, 2016)

The Gibson City Police Department released the following list of persons arrested or ticketed recently:

— Brett M. Thomas, 19, of 134 Yates Drive, Elliott, for an in-state warrant on June 18.

— Paul J. Schenk, 49, of 521 N. Lott Blvd., Gibson City, for retail theft on June 16.

Ford County Circuit Court cases (June 22, 2016)

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

• Amanda J. McDonald, 33, of Piper City, for selling alcohol to a minor.

• Michele L. Evans, 40, of LeRoy, for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Traffic tickets

PBL board may increase contribution toward ECCA tuition

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board made plans to discuss the possibility this fall of increasing the amount the school district will contribute toward the tuition of PBL High School students enrolled in the Early College & Career Academy (ECCA) at Parkland College.

PBL Education Foundation awards teachers $24,664 in grants

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board last week voted to accept $24,664 in grants from the nonprofit PBL Education Foundation, enabling some of the school district’s teachers to buy new equipment and pursue innovative projects for their classrooms.

Paxton park board tables vote on potential referendum

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District’s board of commissioners last Tuesday tabled voting on an ordinance that would authorize the district to place a referendum on November’s election ballot. 

Scheme for west-side water tower in Paxton approved

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council last week approved the painting and décor scheme for the water tower on the city’s west edge.

The tower will be cleaned and painted. Engineer Greg Gustafson needed the council’s decision before he could put out bid specifications.

GCMS juniors post third-best average ACT score in last 8 years

GIBSON CITY — Of the 76 juniors at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School who took the ACT college-readiness exam last school year, more than one-third scored a 25 or above, Principal Chris Garard told the school board last Thursday.

At war with the beavers

LODA — Wearing rubber boots and armed with a hand-held cultivator tool, Jon Boone ventures out into a heavily forested area just south of the township road that the locals call the Loda Slab.
The 63-year-old, tall, gray-bearded man leads the way through 6-foot-high prairie grass, using his tool to create a path for a trailing reporter.

GCMS baseball coach's job safe for now

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley baseball coach Dustin White’s job is safe for now.

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