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Paxton's Fourth of July celebration all set

PAXTON — The schedule is set for the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration at Pells Park.

The celebration, set for Saturday, July 4, begins with breakfast at the American Legion building across from Pells Park from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.


Steps to dissolve Loda Sanitary District to be discussed

LODA — The Loda Sanitary District board will discuss the legal requirements to dissolve the district during a meeting called for 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 8, at the Loda firehouse.


Iroquois County Sheriff's Office police blotter (May 27, 2015)

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


Tri-Point school board rejects transportation contract

KEMPTON — The Tri-Point school board rejected a transportation contract proposal from Illinois Central School Bus and accepted a bus lease proposal from Midwest Transit at the board’s May 18 meeting.

The cost for the lease for one year is $142,116, plus $6,522 for a camera/GPS unit for each bus. The agreement includes 12 buses with an allowance of 20,000 miles per bus.


Ex-jailer admits taking sexually explicit photos of inmate

PAXTON — A Loda man pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct Wednesday, admitting that he used a cell phone to take sexually explicit photos of a female inmate while he was employed as a correctional officer at the Ford County Jail.


Judge rules probable cause exists to prosecute man in Paxton stabbing

PAXTON — A Ford County judge found probable cause Tuesday to proceed with the prosecution of a Paxton man on multiple aggravated battery charges in connection with the stabbing of a bartender at a downtown Paxton bar.


Look at other health plans continues in Ford County

PAXTON — The Ford County Board has adjourned a special meeting to 6:30 Wednesday night to continue a discussion about whether to switch employee health insurance providers.

The board voted 7-2 last week to continue the process of examining alternative plans with just one broker, Marty Nuss of the Insurance Providers Group out of Gibson City, because he is located in the county.


IASB makes pitch to GCMS school board

GIBSON CITY — A consultant for the Illinois Association of School Boards made his pitch to the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board last Thursday about the services his organization can provide in searching for a new GCMS superintendent.


City to proceed with more engineering for Lott Boulevard

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Council’s street and alley committee discussed additional engineering for the Lott Boulevard street resurfacing project at a meeting last Wednesday evening.

And, after an hour of discussion, the committee agreed to recommend the council proceed with just that, mainly increasing the corner radii, at a May 26 meeting of the full council.


Nordic Total Fitness to hold grand opening Saturday

PAXTON — Sam Erwin will hold a grand opening for his new gym, Nordic Total Fitness, at 207 N. Market St. in downtown Paxton, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 30.


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