GCMS bill so far in tax appeal: $650,000

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district has spent more than $650,000 on legal and other fees in its ongoing dispute over the assessed value of a Gibson City ethanol plant.

But those costs pale by comparison with the amount of tax revenue the district would lose if the ethanol plant — One Earth Energy — ends up winning its property tax appeal.

Ford County Circuit Court Cases (April 29, 2015)

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

• Armando Santibanez, 22, of Gibson City, for attempted robbery.

• Nichol R. Swaim, 22, of Paxton, for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic syringe/needles.

Gibson City police blotter (April 29, 2015)

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

— Jason L. Joslin, 29, of 401 S. State St., Gibson City, for an in-state warrant on April 25.

— Christopher S. Barnwell, 23, of Union, Mo., for failure to wear a seat belt on April 24.

Gibson City swimming pool set to open June 3

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s public swimming pool is set to open June 3 with passes and entry fees remaining the same as last year.

Group swim lessons will be held in two sessions: June 22 through July 3 and July 6 through 17. Swim passes and group swim lessons can be purchased at the pool office one hour prior to opening or any time during regular hours.

Arrest made in Ludlow Community Center arson

LUDLOW — A Ludlow man is in an Urbana hospital being treated for burns from a fire police believe he set early Sunday in Ludlow.

Loda to spend up to $2,000 to inspect well

LODA — The village board voted unanimously during a brief special meeting April 21 to allow ERH and its supervisor, John McBride, to contact Layne Western to determine what is wrong with one of the town’s two operational wells.

Trustee Carol Arseneau made the motion to authorize McBride to spend a maximum of $2,000 to look a the well. Trustee John Zalaker seconded the motion.

Gibson City police chief: local vehicle burglaries on rise

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Police Chief Steve Cushman alerted the city council during Monday night’s meeting of a series of burglaries in town where the perpetrators find unlocked cars and take whatever valuables are visible.

“They’ll do it until we pull up behind them, throw them in the back of the car and take them to jail,” Cushman said.

Johnson looking forward to leading GCMS school board

GIBSON CITY — Josh Johnson was appointed president of the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board last week, filling a position held for the past six years by Rod Cope.

The 38-year-old Johnson is only halfway through his first four-year term on the board, but Superintendent Anthony Galindo said the Gibson City resident has gained a wealth of experience in that short amount of time.

Angie Lee loved 'teaching the game of life'

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Before Angie Lee went on to play Division I college basketball at the University of Iowa, and before she embarked on a college coaching career that saw her be named the Associated Press National Coach of the Year, she was playing pickup games in Paxton with her four brothers, who taught her a lesson or two in the sport.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Office police blotter (April 29, 2015)

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

— Cory Huckleby, 26, of Watseka, turned himself in at the Iroquois County Jail on April 28 to begin serving a seven-day jail sentence he received after being convicted of deceptive practices.

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