2nd man charged in connection with Paxton bar fight

PAXTON — A second man has been charged in connection with a bar fight in Paxton that resulted in a bartender getting stabbed in the leg with a knife.

On Thursday, Ford County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak filed one count of aggravated battery in a public place, a Class 3 felony, against Jason R. Pontious, 38, who listed an address in the 200 block of West Chestnut Street in Paxton.

Paxton's townwide garage sales set for June 5-6

PAXTON — Paxton’s annual townwide garage sales are set for Friday, June 5, and Saturday, June 6.

Each year, the townwide sales feature approximately 100 individual garage sales, drawing people from Indiana, Kankakee, Bloomington, Peoria and Champaign-Urbana.   

Paxton Record in 1865: 'The President Murdered!'

This story about President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination was printed Thursday, April 20, 1865, in the Paxton Record ...

The President Murdered!
A Conspiracy to Murder the Entire Cabinet.
The Death Bed Scene.
Particulars of the Attack on Secretary Seward.

Washington, April 15

Congressman to sign National Nursing Home Week proclamation at Paxton facility

PAXTON — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, will be at a Paxton nursing home on Saturday, May 9, to kick off National Nursing Home Week.

Ford County Circuit Court Cases (April 15, 2015)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court, as posted at

• Dakota M. Zenner, 20, of Loda, for possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis (2.5 to 10 grams) and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Police Blotter (April 15, 2015)

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

— Dedrick B. Overby, 37, of Ivesdale, for driving with a suspended license on April 11.

— Gary S. Lonch, 20, of Plainfield, for following too closely on April 11.

Ford County Board looks into switching employee health insurance providers

PAXTON — The Ford County Board is looking into the possibility of changing employee health insurance providers, and it’s causing some confusion and concern among employees.

Walker re-elected president of Ludlow board

LUDLOW — Ludlow has voted to retain its village board president of 12 years, Pete Walker.

Walker defeated village trustee Randy Alesia in last Tuesday’s consolidated election, 44-36.

Walker, who has served on the village board the past 30 years, said this will be his last four-year term as board president.

First-quarter inspections result in mostly 'A' grades for food establishments

PAXTON — Ford County food establishments continue to perform well on their routine inspections by the county’s health department.

Ford County Fair to feature two concerts in 2015

ELLIOTT — Ford County Fair organizers announced several enhancements to this year’s fair lineup during the fair board's annual media night last Wednesday.

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