Flessner named Ford County's next coroner

PAXTON — The Ford County Board appointed Roberts resident Rick Flessner as the next Ford County coroner on Monday night.

Flessner will replace Doug Wallace, who will be vacating the coroner’s position on Jan. 3. The 64-year-old Wallace said he is resigning because he will be moving away from Ford County.

Paxton Police Blotter (Dec. 12, 2017)

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

PBL school board to vote on tax levy

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to approve a final version of the school district’s annual property tax levy during its monthly meeting Wednesday night.

Prior to approval, the board will hold a public hearing regarding the levy. The hearing will immediately precede the meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the board room at the unit office.

Popular light display makes return to Paxton

PAXTON — Victor Johnson’s popular animated Christmas light display has made its long-awaited return to his family’s home in Paxton.

Loose dogs would need to get fixed — at owners' expense  — if picked up twice in Paxton

PAXTON — Under a proposed ordinance up for approval by the Paxton City Council on Tuesday night, the owners of dogs that are found running at large in the city would be required to get their animals spayed or neutered at their own expense after the second time they are picked up by an animal-control officer.

Several races lined up in Iroquois County for March primary

WATSEKA — The March 20 primary election in Iroquois County will feature a number of contested races, including for the Republican nominations for county treasurer and county board positions in four districts.

Dow AgroSciences to close Gibson City research station

GIBSON CITY — Dow AgroSciences LLC plans to close its research station south of Gibson City by year’s end, a company official said Thursday.

The facility, located at 454 E. Ford County Road 300 North, was acquired by Dow AgroSciences, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Co., from Dairyland Seed Company Inc. in 2008.

Drug bust in rural Watseka results in four arrests

WATSEKA — Four people were arrested Wednesday on drug charges after police found about 1,200 grams of cannabis, 129 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, numerous vials of liquid THC and numerous items of drug paraphernalia, along with $1,100 in cash, during a search of a rural Watseka home.

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Dec. 6, 2017)

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

Police Blotter (Dec. 6, 2017)

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

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