Ford County Public Health warns of Zika virus

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department wants Ford County residents to be aware of the Zika virus and how to protect themselves from the virus and other mosquito-borne viruses

As of Jan. 28, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) had reported three cases of the Zika virus disease statewide.

Four dogs, one cat perish in Paxton house fire

PAXTON — Four dogs and a cat perished in a house fire Thursday night on Paxton’s east side.

Paxton Fire Chief Denny Kingren said about 20 Paxton firefighters and 12 from Loda responded to the blaze at a one-story home at 334 S. Winter St. shortly after 11 p.m.

Illinois asks FEMA for more time to assess flood damage

BELLEVILLE (AP) — The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is asking its federal counterpart for more time to assess damage form early-winter floods that struck nearly two dozen counties.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the state agency is seeking to extend the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Friday deadline for damage assessments until March 14.

Ex-village official ordered to pay back $100,000 in stolen funds

CISSNA PARK — Cissna Park’s former bookkeeper/collector and clerk was ordered by a judge this week to pay $100,350 to the village’s insurance carrier, reflecting the amount it says she stole from the village over a six-year period.

Villas of Hollybrook hosts Gibson City Council meeting

GIBSON CITY — In a nod to promoting economic development, Mayor Dan Dickey scheduled Monday night’s regular meeting of the Gibson City Council at the Villas of Hollybrook, an assisted-living facility which opened during the past year.

Jessalyn Davis appointed Junior Alderman in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Jessalyn Davis is the newest mayoral appointee as Junior Alderman of the Gibson City Council.

City Clerk Carla Moxley administered the oath of office during Monday night’s council meeting.

PBL to consider seeking Legislature's approval to exceed debt limit

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will discuss tonight the possibility of obtaining the state Legislature’s approval for the school district to exceed its debt limitation by issuing a 25-year bond.

PBL facilitating team sets meeting for Thursday night

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s facilitating team will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the board room at the unit office at PBL Junior High School in Paxton.

RTD Auto Repair a family affair for Denaults

ROBERTS — Separating their work from their personal lives is a daily challenge for Ralph Denault, wife Pat and their son David.

But working together in their newly built 5,000-square-foot auto-repair shop along the rural highway that runs through Roberts in central Ford County also happens to be “a lot of fun,” Ralph Denault noted.

Contractor questions village's withholding of $9,300 payment

RANKIN — The contractor that restored Rankin’s water tower last year emailed the village’s engineer in January, inquiring about why the village board had decided to withhold payment of $9,300 owed to the company.

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