Exotic fish store — Reefs-R-Us — opens in downtown Paxton

PAXTON — The owner of a newly opened exotic fish store in downtown Paxton hopes to use his business not just to help area residents stock their aquariums, but also as an educational tool for area schoolchildren.

Paxton Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Contest & Festival: By the numbers

PAXTON — Downtown Paxton will turn into a big tailgate party Saturday, as barbecue enthusiasts put their skills to the test as part of the third annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival. Some will be cooking out for the contest, while others will be selling their product to the thousands expected to show up.

Here are some numbers to consider about the event:

Motorcycle ride to pass through Rantoul, Gibson City in effort to help veterans, active troops

GIBSON CITY — A motorcycle ride/run on Saturday, Sept. 27, will raise funds for disabled veterans and active military troops as it passes through area towns, including Rantoul and Gibson City.

The ride begins at VFW Post 630 on Main Street in Urbana. Sign-in is between 10 and 11:45 a.m., with the ride departing at noon.

Catholic Charities to bring mobile food pantry to Paxton on Thursday

PAXTON — Catholic Charities’ mobile food pantry will be at the St. Mary Catholic Church’s parish hall in Paxton from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18.

Police Blotter (Sept. 17, 2014)

Ford County Crimestoppers (217-784-4173) offers a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction for unsolved crimes. Informants may remain anonymous.

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

Food vendors will be out in force for Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Cookoff & Festival

PAXTON — Saturday’s third annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival represents not only a chance for area residents to test their grilling talents in an organized competition, it is an opportunity for some to get their name out as a local barbecue vendor.

Claytonville man pleads innocent to pot-growing charges

CLAYTONVILLE — An Iroquois County man pleaded not guilty on Sept. 9 to charges alleging he grew 44 cannabis plants in his garden.

$8,466 in restitution ordered in kidnapping/robbery case

PAXTON — A suburban Chicago man recently sentenced to jail and probation for his role in the kidnapping, beating and attempted extortion of a Paxton businessman was ordered last week to pay $8,466 in restitution to the victim and his family.

Paxton Park Board hires architect for pavilion project

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District’s Board of Commissioners has taken a big step toward building a pavilion at Coady Park.

The board approved on Sept. 9 the hiring of Ryan Reber Architect at an hourly rate of $50 per hour, not to exceed 8 percent of the construction cost.

Loda to require solicitors to register; village will create ‘do not knock’ list

LODA — The village board approved an ordinance on Sept. 10 that requires commercial and noncommercial solicitors to register with the village.

The village will create a “do not knock” list that will be updated every month. Solicitors will be given that list as well as a copy of the ordinance when they register. If a resident posts a “no soliciting” sign, that must be honored.

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