Roberts may revisit idea of creating its own zoning board

ROBERTS — The Roberts Village Board may revisit the idea of creating its own zoning board of review, which would give the town the legal authority to implement its own zoning rules.

The idea was discussed during the board’s Feb. 6 meeting after it was learned that developers have been eyeing the Roberts area for development of wind farms.

Coroner's jury rules death in Buckley bar fight a homicide

PAXTON — A Ford County coroner’s jury ruled Wednesday night that the death of a suburban Chicago man following a Christmas Night bar fight in Buckley was a homicide.

The jury said that Daniel K. Connolly, 25, of Lyons, died from positional asphyxiation due to his compromised position while being constrained by others.

Gibson City house fire’s casualties: 2 dogs, 2 cats

GIBSON CITY — A late afternoon house fire in rural Gibson City claimed the lives of two dogs and two cats, but no humans were injured.

Gibson Area Fire Protection District Chief Bruce Kallal said firefighters were called to a blaze at 194 N. Illinois 47, about 2 miles south of Gibson City, at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday.

Suspicious person reported in Watseka area

WATSEKA — The Watseka Police Department is alerting residents that it has received several reports of a suspicious person in the Watseka area.

Citizens have reported that a male approached them during the night at their residences and also while they were walking in public areas. The male has been described as black and short in stature.

Fate of library in Roberts rests on community's support

ROBERTS — The Roberts Public Library’s future remains up in the air today as a group of residents tries to raise enough funds to make some needed repairs to the facility that has served the community for the past decade.

Changes in works at Illinois Central Historical Society museum in Paxton

PAXTON — For a few days last week, a crane blocked traffic on Holmes Street by the Illinois Central Historical Society’s museum on downtown Paxton’s north side.

Workers used the huge piece of machinery to lift a huge piece of history.

Bleacher repairs at Zimmerman Field eyed

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to discuss and possibly take action tonight on seeking bids for the repair of the bleachers at Zimmerman Field at PBL High School.

Also listed on the agenda for tonight’s meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in the board room at the unit office inside PBL Junior High School, are:

Rezoning, final plat for hotel, restaurant approved

PAXTON — The Paxton Planning Commission voted unanimously last week to recommend the city council approve the rezoning of undeveloped land on the city’s west side to make way for a proposed hotel and restaurant there.

Also, the commission voted 5-0 to recommend the council OK a final plat for the planned development. Three commissioners were absent.

Gaming machines permitted at Loda Big Mart

LODA — After moving its bar so it would be less accessable to minors, the Loda Big Mart has obtained a license from the village allowing gaming machines and the consumption of beer and wine on its premises.

Gibson City Council approves demolition, sewer project


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members approved the demolition of an abandoned house at 403 W. 10th St. on the city’s west side Monday night.

The council accepted a $6,500 bid from Lee Excavating to carry out the project.

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