Paxton shooting range open June 2

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department’s shooting range will be open to the public for target practice, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2.

The daily fee is $10 per person.

The fee covers the person’s right to use the property and shooting targets, but people still need to provide their own gun, ammunition and ear and eye protection.

Police Blotter (May 18, 2018)

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

Ford County Circuit Court cases (May 18, 2018)

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

• Dana M. Walter, no age or address listed, for violation of an order of protection.
• Ryan R. Rudisill, 38, of Rankin, for domestic battery.
• James M. Bryan, 55, of Rantoul, for unlawful use of a black-jack/knife.


PBL budget amended for second time

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board approved placing an amended budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30 on public display during its monthly meeting last Wednesday night. This was the second time this spring that Superintendent Cliff McClure amended the budget.

UTVs now allowed on Paxton's streets

PAXTON — Utility task vehicles, better known as UTVs, may now be driven on Paxton’s streets.

The Paxton City Council voted unanimously during its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 8, to amend the city’s ordinance regulating neighborhood vehicles and golf carts to allow for UTV use with a required city-issued permit.

Loda to offer mowing contract to Tim's Lawn Care Service

LODA  — Village board members voted 4-2 on Wednesday, May 9, with trustees Ronda Breeden and Cathy Tittle in dissent, to offer Tim’s Lawn Care Service a one-year contract to mow for the village for a cost not to exceed $975.

Gibson City pool to open with new look


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s public swimming pool will open on Memorial Day with a new exterior look.

Changes to wind-farm rules could be finalized at next meeting

PAXTON — The Ford County Board’s zoning committee hopes that one more meeting will be all it takes to wrap up its discussions about proposed revisions to the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms.

'Sanctuary county' resolution OK'd

PAXTON — The Ford County Board, following the lead of Effingham and several other counties, approved a resolution Monday night supporting gun rights protected by the U.S. Constitution against encroachment by any state laws.

Chairman Randy Berger of Gibson City said the main purpose of the resolution was to send a message to the state.

Drug court graduation ceremony for Frankie Ward set for Wednesday

PAXTON — In celebration of National Drug Court Month, Ford County’s drug court will hold a graduation ceremony for Frankie Ward at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the Ford County Courthouse in Paxton.

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