Ford County Circuit Court cases (Aug. 21, 2018)

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

Civil law violation
• Dylan C. McCubbins, 18, of Paxton, for possession of 10 or fewer grams of cannabis.
• Lisa M. Bitzel, 53, of Hoopeston, for possession of 10 or fewer grams of cannabis.

Traffic tickets

GCMS budget OK'd with slight changes


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board members approved the school district’s budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year Monday night.

Stray cats a problem in neighborhood on Paxton's west side


PAXTON — Feral cats are a problem on Paxton’s west side, and residents and city council members are taking steps to address the issue.

PBL construction/renovation project on schedule, on budget

PAXTON — Renovations to Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School and Clara Peterson Elementary School and the construction of an addition to the grade school are on schedule and on budget, the PBL school district announced in a newsletter last week.

Paxton Police Blotter (Aug. 21, 2018)

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

➜ Angela S. Purtell, 46, of Paxton, was arrested for retail theft after police received a complaint from the Paxton IGA, 144 W. Pells St., around 10:56 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, alleging that Purtell had stolen Brillo pads valued at $2.69 from the grocery store.

Iroquois County family wins state 4-H Spirit Award

MILKS GROVE TOWNSHIP — Yvonne and William Behrends’ 4-H story began in Milks Grove Township — a township without a town, tucked in a remote corner of Iroquois County.

State troopers to be on lookout for drunk drivers Saturday night

ASHKUM — Illinois State Police troopers will be out in force Saturday night looking for drunk drivers and arresting them.

The special enforcement initiative, called Saturation Saturday, will occur during the evening hours of Saturday, Aug. 25, and early morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 26.

Final payments made to contractors for work at Paxton Civic Center

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District’s board of commissiones agreed during their Aug. 14 meeting to make final payments to contractors for the parking lot and drainage project at the Paxton Civic Center. 

Final payments were sent to Farnsworth Group, the engineering firm overseeing the project, for $3,152 and to Iroquois Paving Corp. for $68,800.

PBL board, union agree on contract terms


PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members have unanimously approved a new three-year negotiated contract with the PBL Education Association labor union.

Bishop rejects proposal again


CABERY — Two months after rejecting a proposal from parishioners at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cabery to save the landmark structure and reopen it as a private chapel, Bishop Daniel Conlon of the Joliet Diocese is not wavering.

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