Paxton park board to be reduced to five members

PAXTON — Paxton voters overwhelmingly sided in favor of reducing the Paxton Park District’s board of commissioners from seven to five members in Tuesday’s primary election.

The unofficial vote total for the ballot question was 495-169.

Shoemaker wins Ford County treasurer's race

PAXTON — Paxton resident Krisha Shoemaker appears to have defeated Roberts resident Kasi Schwarz for the Republican nomination for Ford County treasurer, according to unofficial vote totals released by the Ford County Clerk’s Office.

Marvel the cat has 'long road to recovery'

PAXTON — Shaking, with its hair singed and face swollen, June Bane couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the cat that was brought into the Paxton Veterinary Clinic on Monday morning.

At first, she thought somebody had perhaps shaved its hair. But after a closer look, it became apparent that the cat had been burned.

Property-tax appeals to be considered next week

PAXTON — The Ford County Board of Review will reconvene at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, for hearings on 2017 assessment appeals. 

The hearings will be held all day Wednesday and Thursday, March 22, by appointment only. 

PBL High School renovations to be done entirely this summer


PAXTON — Renovations at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School that were intended to be completed during the next two summers will instead be done entirely this summer.

U.S. 45 to be closed to traffic between Paxton, Rantoul

LUDLOW — U.S. 45 will be closed to traffic between Paxton and Rantoul from April 2 until Sept. 28.

The two-lane highway will be closed to all traffic starting about three miles south of Paxton as workers repair a bridge over the Big Four drainage ditch.

Drivers are advised to use an alternate route.

FEMA accepts request to assess Illinois flood damage

SPRINGFIELD — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is joining state officials to conduct damage assessments in Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and his team at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) submitted the request for federal support after the three counties experienced severe flooding in February.

No injuries when truck strikes train

ONARGA — No one was hurt when a pickup truck struck a train that was crossing U.S. 24/52 in Iroquois County on Thursday afternoon.

One dead in crash near Piper City

PIPER CITY — A Michigan woman was killed Thursday in a two-vehicle accident near Piper City in northern Ford County.

District 21 Illinois State Police said in a news release that Rosemary E. Posekany, 66, of Greenville, Mich., was pronounced dead by Ford County Coroner Rick Flessner at the scene of the crash at U.S. 24 and County Road 1700 East.

Michael Hari: From deputy to abductor to alleged terrorist

Michael Benjamin Hari has been in the news before — many times, actually. But for those who may not remember, here are some facts about the 47-year-old Clarence man who now stands charged by the federal government in connection with two alleged bombings:

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