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.

Gilman gas station robbed

GILMAN — Authorities in Iroquois County are investigating a robbery that occurred Friday morning at a Gilman gas station.

The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the robbery happened about 5 a.m. Friday, when a Caucasian man, described as about 5-foot-4 in height and weighing 130 pounds, entered Wasmer’s 66 gas station and demanded money from a clerk.

Paxton High School class of 1965 to reunite next September

PAXTON — Members of the Paxton High School class of 1965 will hold their 50th-year reunion on Sept. 18-20, 2015.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hawthorne Suites, 101 Trade Centre Drive, Champaign, for those who will be traveling to the area. Reservations can be made at the hotel.

Andress to start student-teaching at PBL High School in January

URBANA — The University of Illinois Agricultural Education program has placed a student teacher, John Andress, with agricultural science instructors Mike White and Doug Anderson at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.

Ford County Sheriff's Office police blotter (Nov. 21, 2014)

PAXTON — The Ford County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of activity for the period of Nov. 9-15:

— On Nov. 14, Thomas Johnson of Melvin was arrested on a Ford County arrest warrant.

— On Nov. 14, John Kurtenbach of Roberts struck a whitetail deer southwest of Roberts at 1050 E. Illinois 54.

GCMS Middle School names students of month for October

GIBSON CITY — Sixth-grader Rylan Davis, seventh-grader Lauren Leonard and eighth-grader Shelbie Butler were selected by faculty as students of the month for October for their respective grade levels at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Middle School.

New pastor to be installed at Buckley church on Nov. 30

BUCKLEY — St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buckley will celebrate the installation of the Rev. J. Kevin Wycoff as its new pastor with a ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at the church.

The Rev. Mark Miller, district president of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, will be the speaker. A potluck reception will follow in the school gymnasium.

Ford County Board to discuss 'personnel issues' Tuesday

PAXTON — The Ford County Board has called a special meeting for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, to discuss “personnel issues.”

The meeting includes an executive session that will not be open to the public.

The meeting will be held in the board room in the basement of the Ford County Jail in Paxton.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Office police blotter (Nov. 21, 2014)

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

— Lucas J. Zimmerman, 26, of Kankakee, was transferred from the Kankakee County Jail to the Iroquois County Jail on Nov. 19. Zimmerman was wanted on an Iroquois County warrant for knowingly damaging property.

List of upcoming community events (Nov. 21, 2014)

Ford County Historical Society to meet Friday

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