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Ford County Circuit Court cases (Feb. 24, 2017)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court, as posted at www.judici.com:

Felonies
• Kelsey R. Bridgwater, 20, of Gibson City, for aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.
• Allison Kern, 33, of Kempton, for burglary and writing bad checks.

Misdemeanors


Police Blotter (Feb. 24, 2017)

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


Plan pitched to improve Paxton's wireless data infrastructure

PAXTON — A telecommunications infrastructure company wants to install a 75-foot utility pole in Paxton that would feature technology to expand its wireless data infrastructure in town.


Sale of Paxton's airport in works

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council has agreed in principle to sell the city-owned airport to a private party.

The council last Tuesday approved a letter of intent to sell the airport to Atlantic Ag Aviation Inc. — a firm owned by David Hrupsa of Roper, N.C. — for $100,000 in cash and a note for $50,000.


City council approves sale of Hunt St. lot for $6,000

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council opened sealed bids last Tuesday for the sale of a city-owned lot at 102 S. Hunt St. and opted to sell the property to the lowest of the two bidders.


Paxton aldermen hear update on economic development

PAXTON — Paxton’s tax-increment financing (TIF) attorney, Dan Schuering, met with the city council’s economic development committee last week, telling its members that the contractor for the Cobblestone Hotel being built on the city’s west side was to begin pouring footings this week.


PBL superintendent skeptical of governor's pledge for school funding

PAXTON — Despite Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s pledge to increase funding for the state’s public school districts in his annual budget address last Wednesday, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s superintendent remains concerned about whether that promise actually becomes reality.


Clara Peterson Elementary School may pilot 'backpack program' this spring

PAXTON —  Clara Peterson Elementary School Principal Amanda Wetherell continues to pursue the implementation of a program that would provide needy kids at her school with food to take home twice a month.

Wetherell gave an overview of the so-called “PBL Backpack Program” during last Wednesday’s meeting of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board.


'Corrective actions' taken to address elevated lead levels at two PBL schools

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s superintendent sent a letter to students’ parents last week informing them that the district is taking “corrective actions” to protect students from possible exposure to lead found in water sources at Clara Peterson Elementary School and PBL Eastlawn School.


Potential closure of Paxton pool to be discussed in March

PAXTON — Options for the 2017 swimming season were discussed by the Paxton Park District Board of Commissioners during last Tuesday’s monthly meeting.

And one of the options discussed was to close the park district’s public swimming pool for a year.


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