Police Blotter (July 20, 2018)

The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity:

State EPA officials blame Lake Iroquois fish kill on 'lake turnover'

LAKE IROQUOIS — Illinois Environmental Protection Agency field staff believe naturally occurring “lake turnover” was to blame for thousands of fish dying at Lake Iroquois on a recent weekend, an agency spokesman said.

Gibson City railroad crossing to be closed in early August

GIBSON CITY — The 8th Street railroad crossing in Gibson City will be closed to traffic as repairs to the crossing are made between Monday, Aug. 6, and Friday, Aug. 17.

The city made the announcement on its Facebook page Monday after being informed of the project by the Bloomer Line Railroad.

Loda official: Electricity at pavilion tampered with

LODA — Loda Village Board President Carol Arseneau said during the board’s monthly meeting last Wednesday that the electricity in the pavilion at the village park had been tampered with. Arseneau said she had not yet received any cost estimates back from the electricians she had contacted for bids to fix the electricity.

Other business
Also at last week’s meeting:

Ford County Circuit Court cases (July 17, 2018)

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

• Andrew W. Stover, 24, no address listed, for two counts of resisting a peace officer.

• Deborah Lee Tafoya, 64, of Champaign, for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Tentative settlement reached in One Earth Energy property tax appeal

Ford County Record correspondents

Lake Iroquois done with cleanup after fish kill, now awaiting test results

LAKE IROQUOIS — Lake Iroquois officials still aren’t sure what caused the death of thousands of fish in the lake near Loda on a recent weekend.

However, after 2 1/2 days of cleanup, the lake — and its wildlife — appears to be returning to normal.

GCMS budget projects slight deficit


GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district’s 2018-19 budget maintains a slight deficit.

Paxton Police Blotter (July 17, 2018)

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity:

Roemer leaves $136,000 to GCMS


GIBSON CITY — Longtime Gibson City sports superfan Roy Roemer left behind a legacy of dedication and support when he died from cancer in October. Now, that legacy includes one of the largest financial gifts ever given to the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district.

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