DUI brings five-year prison term for Paxton man

URBANA — A Paxton man who drove drunk with a 2-year-old in his back seat has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Kyle D. Smith, 23, pleaded guilty Thursday before Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus to aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.

Roberts board votes to borrow $43,723 for water-main work

ROBERTS — The village board on Dec. 1 voted to borrow $43,723 from an area bank to cover patching of water-main breaks, trench backfill and other occurrences.

Only two trustees show up at Melvin board meeting

MELVIN — The village board was unable to legally hold December’s monthly meeting because too few members were present.

The Illinois Open Meetings Act requires that a majority of a quorum of a public body be present to conduct public business. For Melvin, that means at least three trustees must be present for a meeting to be held, but only two showed up for the December meeting.

Five seniors at GCMS named Illinois State Scholars

GIBSON CITY — Five seniors at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School — Schuyler Frashier, Dalton Johnson, Candis Mueller, Erin Tabor and Giles Volker — are being recognized as Illinois State Scholars.

Two area banks upgraded by BauerFinancial ratings service

Two area banks were upgraded in the latest ratings from BauerFinancial based on data for the financial quarter that ended Sept. 30.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Office police blotter (Dec. 18, 2014)

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

No charges will be filed against homeowner who shot 'belligerent' visitor

RURAL SHELDON — The Iroquois County State’s Attorney’s Office will not file criminal charges against a homeowner who shot a man who had come to his rural Sheldon property to pick up free firewood.

The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the state’s attorney’s office reviewed the facts of the case before reaching its decision.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Office police blotter (Dec. 17, 2014)

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

Woman who tripped on sidewalk suing City of Paxton

PAXTON — A Paxton woman who tripped on a piece of strap material that was frozen to a public sidewalk is suing the city, along with the contractors who left the material on the sidewalk while renovating a downtown building last winter.

Through the eyes of Rod Copas

Life is “a lot simpler” for Rod Copas these days. The 52-year-old rural Onarga resident finally has some time to relax.

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