2nd teen pleads guilty in Paxton church burglary

PAXTON — A second teen-ager has admitted his involvement in a burglary at a Paxton church and an attempted break-in at a local restaurant.

Frank A. Zamiar Jr., 19, of Paxton, pleaded guilty Monday to attempted burglary, a Class 3 felony, as part of a plea agreement negotiated between his attorney, Harvey Welch, and Ford County State’s Attorney Matt Fitton.

U.S. Army soldier gets hero's welcome to Gibson City from Afghanistan

GIBSON CITY — Seth Dickey received a hero’s welcome when he arrived in his hometown of Gibson City on Monday after a year of service in the U.S. Army, including six months in Afghanistan.

PBL Hall of Fame's first induction class to be revealed Wednesday

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to approve the first induction class for the newly created PBL Hall of Fame on Wednesday night.

PBL High School Principal Travis Duley, one of six members of the Hall of Fame selection committee, said three candidates will be considered for induction during Wednesday’s board meeting.

Paxton Swine N' Dine Festival returning to downtown in September

PAXTON — The second annual Paxton Swine N’ Dine Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in downtown Paxton.

The festival will include a barbecue competition for ribs and chicken with cash prizes awarded.

Bands will also perform from noon to 10 p.m., and beer tents will be serving beverages.

State senator to visit with PBL students Thursday

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda high school and junior high students will get a chance this week to talk politics with state Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington.

Barickman will stop by the high school/junior high complex to speak with students Thursday afternoon. Topics will likely include school funding, MAP grants, and higher education, a news release from Barickman’s office said.

Gibson City Pool Board to meet Wednesday

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Pool Board has called a meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, to discuss the ongoing fundraiser for a new swimming pool in town.

Also on the agenda is a discussion about the pool’s concession stand.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Office police blotter (April 14, 2014)

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of recent activity:

IKEA purchase of wind farm won’t delay construction

HOOPESTON — The purchase of the Hoopeston Wind farm by Swedish furniture retailer IKEA will not delay construction on the 98-megawatt project that’s expected to be operational early next year.

Madigan praises passage of bill to protect earnings of low-wage workers

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan praised House lawmakers for passing legislation that would put in place protections for low-wage workers who receive their wages on a payroll card, an increasingly common method of payment used by Illinois employers.

Watseka to host recycling event on April 26

WATSEKA — Area residents will be able to recycle unused electronics, small household appliances and many other items at a recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26, in the parking lot outside the Big R store in Watseka at 1200 E. Walnut St.

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