Inmate found hanging by neck from bed sheet in cell

PAXTON — An inmate at the Ford County Jail was rushed to an Urbana hospital after he was found Monday morning hanging by the neck from a bed sheet in his cell.

The inmate, whose identity has not been released, remained in Carle Foundation Hospital’s  critical care unit as of 2 p.m. Monday, Sheriff Mark Doran said in a news release.

Gibson City woman gets 4 1/2 years in prison for theft of car

PAXTON — A 21-year-old Gibson City woman with several prior convictions for burglary and theft, many involving automobiles, was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in state prison Monday for stealing a car in Gibson City two years ago.

Police dispute defendant's claim that Miranda rights were violated

PAXTON — An FBI agent and Paxton police officer disputed Monday a Loda man’s claim that his Miranda rights were violated when he was interrogated for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping, armed robbery and beating of a rural Paxton man.

PBL vs. GCMS football 2014; Pink Heals fundraiser

GCMS spoiled PBL's homecoming with a 22-16 victory Friday. Prior to the game, a non-profit organization called Pink Heals stopped by Zimmerman Field with a pink firetruck, giving away $2,000 each to PBL students Caitlynn Riblet and Jordan Reynolds, each of whom were diagnosed with cancer over the past year, and 2-year-old Mason Whitaker, who was diagnosed with leukemia.

Iroquois County Board puts 2015 budget on public display

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Board’s proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year is available for public review in the county clerk’s office and at the county’s website,

On the website, the budget can be reviewed on the “Finance Reports” page under the “Board” tab at the top of the page.

Dalton Cowan named commended student in National Merit Scholarship Program

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School student Dalton Cowan has been named a commended student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A letter of commendation from PBL High School and the National Merit Scholarship Corp., which conducts the program, will be presented by Principal Travis Duley to Cowan.

PBL Hall of Fame inductees share stories, offer advice to students

PAXTON – When he was a business teacher in the spring of 2013, Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School Principal Travis Duley proposed the idea of having a hall of fame for former students of PBL, Paxton and Buckley-Loda High School.

Zoning board to hold hearing on EIEC's request to put substation near Loda

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Zoning Board of Appeals has called a public hearing for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, to consider Paxton-based Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative’s application for a special-use permit to operate a small electric substation in the Loda area.

PBL to compete in Panther Marching Band Festival

CHARLESTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s Panther Regiment will be among nearly 40 high school bands competing in the 38th annual Panther Marching Band Festival on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Stadium.

Police Blotter (Sept. 24, 2014)

The Ford County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of activity for the period of Sept. 14-20:

— On Sept. 20, Jacqueline Freehill of Gibson City was arrested during a traffic stop south of Elliott. She was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis and was ticketed for speeding.

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