Three generations of soldiers honored by Loda American Legion post

LODA — Craig Boone was joking with his mother, Nancy Ecker, on Saturday that he needs to have a child now. That way, his family can have four generations in the military.

Ecker, the Loda American Legion Auxiliary’s president, is already one proud mother. And daughter. And sister.

Discount on Chamber Bucks offered at Paxton Swine 'N' Dine festival

PAXTON — To help celebrate its 100th year in existence, the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a discount on Chamber Bucks gift certificates that are purchased at the Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine festival on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Community members can purchase $100 in Chamber Bucks for only $90 on the day of the event. Chamber Bucks can be used at more than 40 area businesses.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Office police blotter (July 30, 2014)

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of recent activity:

— Brian Floriant, 39, of Watseka, was arrested July 29 for driving with a revoked license and was ticketed for speeding and illegal transportation of alcohol by a driver.

Upper Room Bible Church hosting clothing give-away this weekend

PAXTON — The Upper Room Bible Church is holding a clothing give-away Friday, Aug. 1, and Saturday, Aug. 2, starting at 8 a.m. each day. Anyone can show up and pick out free clothes to take home.

BBQ cookoff returning to Paxton in September

PAXTON — The second annual Paxton Swine N’ Dine Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in downtown Paxton.

The festival will include a barbecue competition for ribs and chicken with cash prizes awarded.

Bands will also perform from noon to 10 p.m., and beer tents will be serving beverages.

Halloween car show to be held at Paxton's Pells Park

PAXTON — A Halloween car and truck show is being offered in Paxton by Just An Angel, a new nonprofit organization that raises funds to help sick children and families of fallen firefighters and to buy headstones for people’s loved ones.

Ford County Circuit Court Cases (July 29, 2014)

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

• Cameron K. Garney, 22, of Paxton, for two counts of residential burglary.
• Zachary T. Burtner, 21, of Paxton, for five counts of forgery.

• Jaclyn D. Walker, 27, of Paxton, for theft (under $500).

Gibson City Police Blotter (July 29, 2014)

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

— Francisco Francisco-Gaspar, 28, of Rantoul, for driving with a revoked license and operating an uninsured vehicle on July 26.

— Michelle S. Joslin, 25, of 421 N. Guthrie St., Gibson City, for an in-state warrant on July 25.

Paxton aldermen opt to charge late fees to contractor

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council’s water and sewer committee will recommend to the full council in August that the city pay contractor Leander Construction of Canton for work done on the wastewater plant but subtract late charges for the project not being finished on time.

Tri-Point schools set registration for Aug. 5-6 in Kempton

KEMPTON — The Tri-Point school board learned at its July 21 meeting that student registration is scheduled for Aug. 5-6 at the unit office in Kempton, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

Parents and students should receive a “highlights” page that outlines changes in the student handbook from last school year.

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