Garden Walk set for Saturday in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Four gardens are to be featured in a Garden Walk in Gibson City on Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets for the Garden Walk cost $8 in advance and can be purchased at the Moyer District Library, Ace Hardware and Speak Easy Salon. On the day of the walk, tickets cost $10 and can be bought at County Market.

GCMS superintendent: Budget 'close to balance'


GIBSON CITY — Superintendent Jeremy Darnell told the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board Monday night that this fiscal year’s budget is at expected levels.

Going into the fiscal year last summer, Darnell said, he predicted either a surplus or deficit based on if the state made good on its payments.

Eight vying for Ford County Fair queen's crown

MELVIN — Eight young women will be participating in the 2017 Miss Ford County Fair Queen Pageant, to be held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 26, in the dance building on the fairgrounds in Melvin. 

Master of ceremonies for the evening will be Nicole McNary, with broadcasting by WGCY-Radio in Gibson City.

Vying for the title of Miss Ford County 2017 are:

Ford County Public Health kicks off mosquito surveillance program

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department began its West Nile virus surveillance program for this year on June 1.

The program includes trapping adult mosquitoes and testing them for the West Nile virus. 

Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board reviews design renderings


PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members voted to accept estimates and schematic design submissions related to the Clara Peterson Elementary School addition and renovation project last Wednesday night.

Paxton City Council hears update on airport's sale


PAXTON — Dan Schuering, tax-increment financing (TIF) attorney for the city of Paxton, gave an update to city council members last Tuesday night about the impending sale of the city’s airport to a private company.

District opts not to ban kids from Westlawn Park

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District’s recreation director has decided not to ban three kids from Westlawn Park for behavior that he termed as “not being conducive to a family-friendly environment.”

However, Neal McKenry warned that “if there were any more incidents or complaints filed, there won’t be a second chance.” 

Ludlow home's front room 'totally gutted' by fire

LUDLOW — Two occupants of a Ludlow home were transported to an Urbana hospital early last Wednesday morning following a fire that heavily damaged the dwelling.

Ludlow fire Capt. Matthew McCallister said the residents, Thomas and Yvonne Paul of 233 Katie Ave., were transported for treatment due to smoke inhalation. A report of their condition was unavailable.

Police Blotter (June 22, 2017)

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

Ford County Circuit Court cases (June 22, 2017)

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

• Rodney Jarrett, 62, of Chicago, for two counts of aggravated driving under the influence.
• Cory D. Durflinger, 34, of Rankin, for driving on a revoked/suspended driver’s license (due to DUI).


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