Back-to-school Q&A with GCMS Superintendent Jeremy Darnell

In advance of the start of the 2016-17 school year, first-year Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley School District Superintendent Jeremy Darnell sat down with Ford County Record Editor Will Brumleve to discuss a variety of topics. The 41-year-old former GCMS Middle School principal replaced the retired Anthony Galindo as the district’s superintendent on July 1.

Hazen, Dubble inducted into Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD — Christine Hazen of Ford County and Nita Dubble of Iroquois County were among 74 4-H volunteers inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame during an Aug. 20 ceremony in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

Jarboe looking forward to augering in retirement from co-op

PERDUEVILLE — When Bill Jarboe is asked how he thinks he’ll be remembered by his co-workers at Ludlow Cooperative Elevator Co. once he retires from his 45-year career there at the end of this month, the 65-year-old’s first thought is that he doesn’t really know.

But after contemplating the question a bit longer, Jarboe finds something to say:

There’s his versatility, for one.

Man arrested after 103 pot plants found in his basement

ST. ANNE — The Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG) released the following list of persons arrested by KAMEG agents recently:

$1.4M budget OK'd for Ford County special ed co-op

GIBSON CITY — There was no public comment during a budget hearing for the Ford County Special Education Cooperative (FCSEC) that preceded Monday night’s Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board meeting.

New substation near Loda to improve services for EIEC members

LODA — Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative, a member-owned co-op serving electricity to the rural areas of East Central Illinois, recently energized its 27th substation.

Prospective buyers told they'll need to pay for water/sewer hookup

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members received new information regarding the Carley Subdivision north of Eyer Street during their meeting Monday night.

Changes to building permit process proposed

PAXTON — A committee of the Paxton City Council is recommending some changes to the building permit process.

Police Blotter (Aug. 24, 2016)

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

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Aug. 24, 2016)

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

• Megan C. Hawk, 23, of Paxton, for possession of a controlled substance.

• Llaija B. Green, 18, of Paxton, for criminal defacement of property (less than $300 in damage) and battery.

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