Ludlow school board hears Vision 20/20 report

LUDLOW — Ludlow Grade School Superintendent Dru Lobmaster gave a report on the Vision 20/20 initiative, and the school board approved a resolution in support of the program recently.

Lobmaster attended a summit conference in Springfield Feb. 17-18, which focused on Vision 20/20 and the future of public education in Illinois.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" to be performed at GCMS High

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School’s chorus department will perform the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7, in the school’s gym.

Paxton Record founder to be portrayed at next historical society meeting

PAXTON — Norman E. Stevens, the founder of the Paxton Record, now in its 150th year in publication, will be portrayed during the Ford County Historical Society’s next meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, March 20, at the Water Tower Museum, 145 S. Market St., just behind Paxton City Hall.

The meeting is open to the public, and there is no charge for admission.

State police to be on lookout for seat-belt violations on March 17

ASHKUM — District 21 Illinois State Police will be conducting special patrols on Tuesday, March 17, in Ford, Iroquois and Kankakee counties, focusing on drivers’ and their passengers’ compliance with seat-belt laws.

Clifton Pool Committee to benefit from Iroquois County farmer's donation

CLIFTON — Iroquois County farmer Brett Lemenager has been selected a winner in the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

The program enrolls farmers for a chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. Lemenager selected the Clifton Pool Committee to receive the donation.

Congressman Kinzinger meets with Agriculture Advisory Committee

OTTAWA — U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, met with the Agriculture Advisory Committee last Thursday evening at Ottawa City Hall to discuss policy issues that affect the agriculture community. 

Iroquois County LEPC to hold its first meeting March 5

WATSEKA — The newly formed Iroquois County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will hold its first meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Iroquois County Emergency Operations Center, located in the basement of the county courthouse in Watseka.

During the meeting, which is open to the public, the LEPC’s officers will be elected.

Eleven indicted by Iroquois County grand jury

WATSEKA — Eleven people were indicted for felony crimes by an Iroquois County grand jury on Feb. 11.

The indictments were announced in a news release sent to media outlets by State’s Attorney Jim Devine. However, Devine refused to send the news release to the Paxton Record, which later obtained it through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Hawthorne, Lee re-elected to Ford County SWCD board

PAXTON — Kenneth Hawthorne and Todd Lee were re-elected to the board of directors of the Ford County Soil & Water Conservation District during a Feb. 19 election held at the SWCD office in Paxton.

Both were re-elected to two-year terms, starting March 1.

Through Jan. 31, the SWCD accepted names of prospective candidates to fill the seats held by Hawthorne and Lee.

Bids for Rankin water tower project separated by $81,000

RANKIN — Two bids — one nearly twice the amount as the other — have been received from contractors for the restoration of Rankin’s water tower.

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