Two-way race shaping up for Ward 3 Paxton City Council seat

PAXTON — Alderman Marc Amore will be contested in his election bid to keep his seat on the Paxton City Council next spring.

Amore, who was appointed to fill a vacancy on the council in August 2012, was joined by Rob Pacey in announcing his candidacy Monday for the April 7 consolidated election.

Seeing is believing: The real Mr. and Mrs. Claus

Somewhere along the line, the kids watching Paxton’s annual Christmas parade noticed something amiss: When Santa Claus came riding down Market Street on his sleigh, there was no Mrs. Claus to be seen.

Paxton's Christmas parade set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday; tree-lighting at 7 p.m. Friday

PAXTON — PRIDE in Paxton’s annual Christmas Parade will step off at 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Taft and Orleans streets in downtown Paxton on Saturday, Nov. 29.

Entries will include the Shriner clowns, floats, antique cars, area dignitaries, fire trucks and other emergency vehicles, various costumes characters, musical entries and, of course, Santa himself.

Gibson City police blotter (Nov. 24, 2014)

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Police Department released the following list of persons arrested or ticketed recently:
— Rosalio Rivera, 38, of 1116 N. Church St., Gibson City, for driving with a suspended license on Nov. 22.

Ford County Sheriff's Office police blotter (Nov. 24, 2014)

PAXTON — The Ford County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of activity for the period of Nov. 16-22:

— On Nov. 22, Rueben Mauricio of Piper City was arrested during a traffic stop in Piper City for driving with a suspended license and illegal transportation of alcohol by a driver. He was also ticketed for failure to signal when required.

Iroquois County ESDA coordinator: Be careful driving on wet roads

WATSEKA — Iroquois County’s Emergency Services & Disaster Agency is warning drivers to be careful on wet roads, especially at night.

Judge declines to issue no-contact orders vs. Loda trustee

WATSEKA — An Iroquois County judge declined Monday to issue no-contact orders against a Loda village trustee.

Loda residents Richard and Sandy Coffey and J.R. and Regina Ptacek filed petitions on Nov. 14 seeking no-contact orders against Loda Trustee John Zalaker.

Iroquois County to fund handwriting expert in murder case

WATSEKA — Two handwriting experts are working independently to determine whether murder suspect Andrew M. Condon wrote a letter from jail to one of the prosecution’s witnesses, asking him to change his testimony.

Official misconduct charge vs. road commissioner dismissed

WATSEKA — Iroquois County prosecutors have decided not to proceed with the prosecution of a township road commissioner who was charged with official misconduct in February.

State’s Attorney Jim Devine dismissed the case against Daniel L. Bauer, 55, of Cissna Park, during a Nov. 14 hearing in Iroquois County Circuit Court.

All 198 Alco stores closing, including one in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Employees at the Alco discount store in Gibson City were notified Thursday that they will be laid off when their store closes, along with all 197 other Alco stores in the U.S., at some point in the near future.

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