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Public works director pleads guilty to petty offense

PAXTON — Paxton’s public works department director pleaded guilty to reckless driving Tuesday in Ford County Circuit Court, after State’s Attorney Andrew Killian agreed to reduce the offense from a Class A misdemeanor to a petty offense.

Mark J. LeClair, 59, of Paxton, was ordered to pay fines and court costs totaling $524, court records show.


Ford County Public Health Department to offer 4 flu-shot clinics in January

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department will offer four flu-shot clinics in January at the agency’s office at 235 N. Taft St. in Paxton.

The clinics will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4; 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8; 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18; and 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22.


Area communities implementing new sexual harassment policies

In the midst of the so-called #MeToo movement, which started after October’s allegations of sexual harassment against Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein, the entire state is hitting refresh on sexual harassment policies for local government employees.


Police Blotter (Dec. 13, 2017)

All subjects listed below are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

FORD COUNTY
The Ford County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of activity for the period of Dec. 8-11:


Ford County Circuit Court cases (Dec. 13, 2017)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court:

Felonies
• Jillian M. Kief, 34, of Roberts, for obstructing justice and resisting a peace officer.

Misdemeanors
• Joshua R. Battles, 37, of Rantoul, for possession of 10 to 30 grams of cannabis.


Change order for Gibson City sewer project OK'd

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Although acknowledging that the cost was due to an error in scheduling, Gibson City Council members approved City Superintendent Randy Stauffer’s request for a $1,151 change order for Phase 3B of the CSO sewer separation project on Monday night.


Treasurer hopefuls to meet with Ford County Board

PAXTON — The Ford County Board will not appoint a new county treasurer for another week.

Though it was on Monday night’s meeting agenda to appoint a replacement for Treasurer Penny Stevens, who is retiring Dec. 31, the board decided to postpone taking action upon returning from a 45-minute executive session. Instead, the board scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18.


Flessner named Ford County's next coroner

PAXTON — The Ford County Board appointed Roberts resident Rick Flessner as the next Ford County coroner on Monday night.

Flessner will replace Doug Wallace, who will be vacating the coroner’s position on Jan. 3. The 64-year-old Wallace said he is resigning because he will be moving away from Ford County.


Paxton Police Blotter (Dec. 12, 2017)

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


PBL school board to vote on tax levy

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to approve a final version of the school district’s annual property tax levy during its monthly meeting Wednesday night.

Prior to approval, the board will hold a public hearing regarding the levy. The hearing will immediately precede the meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the board room at the unit office.


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