Elliott’s cafe now open again, featuring some evening hours

ELLIOTT — A new family group has re-opened the cafe on Main Street in Elliott, and they held a grand opening Wednesday.

Old Paxton building's second floor sees new life

PAXTON — Of the 40 or so people who toured the newly renovated second floor of Ford County’s oldest commercial building on Thursday, not one of them had to duck when walking up the stairs leading to it.

The removal of a low-lying wooden beam that made navigating the stairs a bit tricky in the past was one of the first improvements they must have noticed.

Paxton Park District looking for new swim coach

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District is looking for a new coach for the Paxton Aquatic Wildcats swim team for this upcoming summer.

Alex Goudy wrapped her coaching career at the end of last season. At the Paxton Park District Board of Commissioners’ monthly meeting Wednesday, the board approved a job description and seasonal salary for the vacant coaching position.

No place like home for PBL High grad in Navy

PAXTON — After living and working aboard a U.S. Navy ship for more than a year, Josiah Martin returned home — although only briefly — for what he termed a “belated” Christmas break.

Plea hearings set for 2 of 3 men accused in mosque bombing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two of three militia members from the Ford County community of Clarence accused of bombing a Minnesota mosque have hearings scheduled next week in federal court to change their pleas.

Free summer concerts at Pells Park in Paxton come to an end

PAXTON — The annual series of summer concerts in the pavilion at Paxton’s Pells Park has come to an end — at least for now.

Barickman appointed to Senate leadership role

SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, will once again take on extra responsibilities as a part of the Senate Republican leadership team.

Barickman recently was appointed to the role of assistant Republican leader.

Longtime Iroquois County Fair board president steps down

CRESCENT CITY — Marvin Perzee, the long-serving president of the Iroquois County Fair board, has announced he is stepping down as president due to health issues. 

List of upcoming community events (Jan. 16, 2019)

The Saybrook Sons of the American Legion Squad No. 427 will be hosting spaghetti dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 1, March 1, April 5 and May 3. The dinner includes spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. The meal is all-you-can-eat when dining in. Carryout orders will also be available but are not all-you-can-eat. The cost of the meal is $7.

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Jan. 16, 2019)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court:

• Branden P. Mullis, 23, of Paxton, for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Civil law violations
• Alexander M. Dorche, 54, of Paxton, for possession of 10 or fewer grams of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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