Memorial Day services set in Ford, Iroquois counties

Following is a roundup of Memorial Day services scheduled in the Paxton Record’s coverage area:


Kankakee felon to serve nearly six years in federal prison for weapons offenses

URBANA — Roosevelt Smith, 22, of Kankakee, was sentenced Monday to serve 70 months in federal prison for illegal possession of firearms by a felon.

Smith has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest in September 2014. 

Authorities say teen in ambulance did not have weapon as first thought

PAXTON — Authorities said a teenager did not have a weapon in an ambulance that was stopped on Interstate 57 in Ford County on Wednesday.

Loda man dies in motorcycle crash in Woodford County

EUREKA — A 21-year-old Loda man died in a motorcycle accident in Woodford County on Tuesday night.

Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman said the accident occurred around 10 p.m. when Zackary Thomas “Zack” Burtner, 21, struck a guardrail with the European-style Honda motorcycle he was riding east on U.S. 24, about a mile west of Eureka. No other vehicles were involved, Ruestman said.

Ford County board of health might reduce its number of meetings

GIBSON CITY — The Ford County Public Health Department board is considering reducing the number of times it meets per year, from 12 to six.

“We’ve talked about possibly meeting every other month,” board President Mike Short of rural Paxton said, noting, however, that no decision has been made yet.

Paxton woman gets probation for possessing meth

PAXTON — A Paxton woman was placed on two years of probation and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service after admitting she was in possession of methamphetamine during a March 1 traffic stop in downtown Paxton.

Loda Village Board amends liquor ordinance

LODA — Many things were on the minds of Loda Village Board members in their nearly three-hour meeting last Wednesday night, but first and foremost were ordinances.

Three ordinances were discussed at length, but only one — concerning alcohol — was amended.

PBL board OK's increase in lunch, breakfast prices

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board last Wednesday approved raising the price of school breakfast and lunch by a nickel per meal.

PBL school board to discuss new CBA tonight

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will meet in closed session tonight to discuss collecting-bargaining matters between the district and its employees.

Superintendent Cliff McClure said the current three-year contract with the teachers’ union — the PBL Education Association — expires June 30, and the “length and terms” of a new contract are “up for bargaining.”

Park board approves reservation plan for pavilion at Coady Park

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District board approved a system that will be used to reserve space at the newly built Coady Park pavilion during last Thursday’s meeting.

To reserve the pavilion for a day and/or time, interested parties can call the park district office at 379-4203.  There will be no charge to use the pavilion. 

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