Those Who Served: Loda man recalls avoiding celebratory grenades in South Pacific

LODA — Unlimited beer and hand grenades are a bad mix.

When former Illini football player and legendary wrestling coach Don Pittman was serving in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II, he was a gunner’s mate at a massive ammo dump.

USDA grant to help fund Gibson City lighting project extended

GIBSON CITY — Another vote on the proposed downtown lighting project was not on the agenda for Monday night’s meeting of the Gibson City Council.

$1.39 million deficit eyed for GCMS school district

GIBSON CITY — Since 2011, the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district has ran a deficit of at least $218,000 in its annual budget, and that trend is expected to only continue in the 2016 fiscal year.

The school board recently voted 5-0 to place its proposed budget for the fiscal year that started July 1 on public display, showing a projected deficit of $1.39 million.

Paxton police chief, captain might get pay raises

PAXTON — After meeting in executive session for two hours Monday night, the Paxton City Council agreed on salary increases for the city’s police chief and police captain.

The council will officially approve those raises next month when it amends its salary ordinance.

45 food establishments in Ford County get 'A' grade on inspections

PAXTON — Of the 54 food establishments in Ford County that received routine inspections by the Ford County Public Health Department during the second quarter of 2015, all but nine received an “A” grade. The rest got a “B.”

Loda trustees reject Buckley's proposal to share police officer between towns

LODA — There will not be a police officer in Loda. At least for now.

By a 3-2 vote at a special meeting July 21, the Loda Village Board decided to turn down an offer from the Buckley Village Board for Buckley to share its police officer, Chris White, with Loda.

Gibson City police blotter (July 28, 2015)

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Police Department released the following list of persons arrested or ticketed recently:

— Robert A. Lindstrom, 42, of 1051 E. Bogardus St., Paxton, for no valid driver’s license and failure to notify the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office of a change of address.

— Joshua L. Trussel, 34, of Georgetown, for speeding on July 26.

Paxton police blotter (July 28, 2015)

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

Section of U.S. 45 in Iroquois County dedicated to Loda veterans

LODA — The more than 600 residents of Loda Township who have served in America’s Armed Forces over the past 200-plus years were honored Saturday as a six-mile portion of U.S. 45 was dedicated as the Veterans of Loda Township Highway.

Ford County Sheriff's Office police blotter (July 27, 2015)

PAXTON — The Ford County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of activity for the period of July 19-25:

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