Christmas house-decorating contest announced in Paxton

PAXTON — Paxton residents are being encouraged to decorate their homes for the holidays for a chance to win cash prizes.

The nonprofit organization PRIDE in Paxton is sponsoring a Christmas house-decorating contest that will award $50 cash prizes to four winners.

Queen of Hearts raffles to raise funds for Gibson City skatepark

GIBSON CITY — Members of a committee that is trying to raise funds for a skatepark in memory of former Gibson City alderman Ed Day hope that their first major fundraiser brings the community together in support of the cause.

Grievance to be discussed further by Paxton City Council

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council will meet for a second time to discuss a grievance filed by a current or previous employee of the city.

After taking no action during an Oct. 17 special meeting, Mayor Bill Ingold said the council adjourned that meeting to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, for further discussion.

Loda Sanitary District to ask judge to OK dissolution

LODA — A judge will be asked to decide in upcoming months whether to allow the dissolution of the Loda Sanitary District — and, if so, how to split its remaining funds between the two communities that comprise it.

Paxton water tank in running for 2017 Tank of the Year

PAXTON — The newly repainted water-storage tank on Paxton’s west side is in the running for 2017 Tank of the Year honors in an online contest sponsored by Tnemec Company Inc., a provider of high-performance protective coatings.

Trick-or-treat hours set in area communities

Halloween trick-or-treat hours have been set in area communities:

Buckley — 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Cabery — N/A

Cissna Park — 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Danforth — 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Elliott — N/A

Gibson City — 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.

List of upcoming community events (Oct. 18, 2017)

The Ford County Historical Society’s Water Tower Museum is open every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The  museum, located at 135 S. Market St. just behind Paxton City Hall, specializes in Ford County history. For information or to schedule special tours, call 217-379-3723 or 217-379-4111.

Three receive $500 scholarships

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Republican Women’s Club has awarded $500 scholarships to Kenzie Crabtree, Hannah Fink and Stephanie Orr.

Each will receive $500 for use at a four-year college, junior college or trade school.  The scholarships are funded by activities sponsored by the Iroquois County Republican Women.

Training for volunteer tutors available

GIBSON CITY — Through Parkland College, adults who struggle with illiteracy can connect with a tutor who volunteers his or her time to teach reading, basic math and writing skills. Two training sessions are quickly approaching.

PBL school district placed on ‘review’ list

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board learned last Wednesday that the school district’s annual audit showed “clean” opinions, but due to the amount of debt the district has taken on in the past fiscal year, it has been removed from the Illinois State Board of Education’s financial recognition list and placed on its review list.

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