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Controversial assessments reversed in Ford County

PAXTON — The Ford County Board of Review voted Thursday afternoon to reverse the controversial new assessments that the county’s former supervisor of assessments had assigned to some 1,300 properties in eight communities last year.


PBL school board places amended budget on public display

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members voted last Wednesday to put an amended 2017-18 fiscal year budget on public display before final approval takes place next month.


Plans finalized for annual Paxton Community Sale

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District’s board of commissioners finalized plans for the district’s annual Paxton Community Sale during its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 13.

The event will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at Coady Park, 601 S. Fall St.


Loda buys property to make way for new water tower

LODA — Village Attorney Dale Strough told the Loda Village Board last Wednesday that the village had closed on a real estate transaction, making the village the “proud owner” of a lot on which it may build a new water tower.


GCMS school board approves teachers' contract

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board members on Monday night approved a four-year negotiated contract with the GCMS Education Association, the district’s teachers’ union.


Former Gilman clerk pleads not guilty to official misconduct, theft

WATSEKA — A former city clerk in Gilman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges of official misconduct and theft in connection with the alleged theft of at least $42,000 in city funds.


Paxton Police Blotter (Feb. 20, 2018)

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


'Suspicious objects' found at Clarence property

CLARENCE — Federal and local authorities spent several hours Monday searching a property in Clarence for homemade explosives, and they detonated a few suspicious objects found there.

Lt. Pat Duffy of the Ford County Sheriff’s Office said a Crimestoppers tip prompted the search at 104 N. Main St., a property that Duffy said is owned by JonMichael O’Neil.


Paxton police dog 'loved to work'

PAXTON — When Max passed away on the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 12, Chad Johnson not only lost his best friend but also his longtime partner in crime-fighting.


UPDATED: Ford County's chief assessor resigns; meeting postponed

PAXTON — Amid complaints from unhappy taxpayers about the reassessment of their properties in northern Ford County, Supervisor of Assessments Patricia Langland has resigned, effective Monday.

On Tuesday, Langland said that ongoing conflict between her and the Ford County Board led to her decision to step down.


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