Paxton B&B owner: 'The fix was in from the get-go'

PAXTON — The owner of the TimberCreek Bed-and-Breakfast near Paxton, which is facing $80,000 in fines and other sanctions for violating the civil rights of a same-sex couple from Tuscola, said he finds it “a very strange coincidence” that two of the three commissioners who were tasked with reviewing his case for the Illinois Human Rights Commission happen to be either “LGBT activists or openly

List of upcoming community events (Nov. 30, 2016)

The Ford County Historical Society’s Water Tower Museum, located at 135 S. Market St. behind Paxton City Hall,  is closed for a winter break and will be open next on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visits to the museum at other times can be arranged by calling 217-379-4111 or 217-379-3723. Admission to the museum, which specializes in Ford County history, is free.

Police Blotter (Nov. 30, 2016)

The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity:

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Nov. 30, 2016)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court, as posted at

Historical society hears about former U.S. Congressman Joseph Gurney Cannon

PAXTON — The Ford County Historical Society met with 25 members present on Nov. 17 at the Water Tower Museum in downtown Paxton.

Balnius named student of month at PBL High School

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s  student of the month for November is sophomore Emily Balnius, daughter of Nicole O’Dell of Paxton.

Balnius was nominated for the award by vocal music instructor Amanda Rowland.

'Messiah' to feature mix of new, returning favorites

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Music Foundation’s annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Gibson City Bible Church.

Now that results are final, PBL to move forward on $31M project

PAXTON — Now that the vote totals from the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s Nov. 8 referendum have been certified, the district is expected to soon begin aggressively working toward building an addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School using the $31.45 million in building bonds that voters have authorized.

Lake Iroquois approved for $425,000 loan

LAKE IROQUOIS — The Lake Iroquois Association, a homeowners group at the rural lake northeast of Loda in Iroquois County, has been approved for a $425,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for replacing the community’s wastewater treatment system.

The current system will be replaced with a new treatment facility and sludge digestion tank.

Gibson City Council votes to proceed with demolition order

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members gave the go-ahead Monday night for the city to proceed with demolition of an abandoned residence on the city’s west side.

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