Illinois asks FEMA for more time to assess flood damage

BELLEVILLE (AP) — The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is asking its federal counterpart for more time to assess damage form early-winter floods that struck nearly two dozen counties.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the state agency is seeking to extend the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Friday deadline for damage assessments until March 14.

Ex-village official ordered to pay back $100,000 in stolen funds

CISSNA PARK — Cissna Park’s former bookkeeper/collector and clerk was ordered by a judge this week to pay $100,350 to the village’s insurance carrier, reflecting the amount it says she stole from the village over a six-year period.

Villas of Hollybrook hosts Gibson City Council meeting

GIBSON CITY — In a nod to promoting economic development, Mayor Dan Dickey scheduled Monday night’s regular meeting of the Gibson City Council at the Villas of Hollybrook, an assisted-living facility which opened during the past year.

Jessalyn Davis appointed Junior Alderman in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Jessalyn Davis is the newest mayoral appointee as Junior Alderman of the Gibson City Council.

City Clerk Carla Moxley administered the oath of office during Monday night’s council meeting.

PBL to consider seeking Legislature's approval to exceed debt limit

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will discuss tonight the possibility of obtaining the state Legislature’s approval for the school district to exceed its debt limitation by issuing a 25-year bond.

PBL facilitating team sets meeting for Thursday night

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s facilitating team will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the board room at the unit office at PBL Junior High School in Paxton.

RTD Auto Repair a family affair for Denaults

ROBERTS — Separating their work from their personal lives is a daily challenge for Ralph Denault, wife Pat and their son David.

But working together in their newly built 5,000-square-foot auto-repair shop along the rural highway that runs through Roberts in central Ford County also happens to be “a lot of fun,” Ralph Denault noted.

Contractor questions village's withholding of $9,300 payment

RANKIN — The contractor that restored Rankin’s water tower last year emailed the village’s engineer in January, inquiring about why the village board had decided to withhold payment of $9,300 owed to the company.

GCMS driver's ed instructor recognized as Teacher of Year

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Judy Weber-Jones’ enthusiasm for driver’s education is evident. 

That is probably why she was recently selected as the Illinois High School & College Driver Education Association’s 2016 Teacher of the Year and was inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame in 2007.

Project coordinator approved for Kelly Creek Wind Farm

KEMPTON — The Ford County Board unanimously approved a pair of resolutions Monday to make way for this spring’s anticipated construction of the Kelly Creek Wind Farm, an expansion of the newly built Pilot Hill Wind Farm.

The board voted 10-0, with members Dave Hastings of Paxton and Elynor Stagen of Gibson City absent, to approve the resolutions.

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