Abandoned helicopter frame to be donated to organization

PAXTON — The frame of a helicopter that was left abandoned at Paxton’s airport will be donated to an American Legion post in the Vermilion County village of Catlin, which plans to put it on display outside its building.

The Paxton City Council voted 8-0 on Tuesday night to dispose of the abandoned helicopter shell through an agreement with the Davis-Busby American Legion Post No. 776.

Gibson City aldermen approve health insurance plan


GIBSON CITY — During a 15-minute meeting Tuesday night, Gibson City Council members approved the city’s 2019 health insurance plan through Humana.

Loda arson suspect pleads not guilty

WATSEKA — A Loda man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to aggravated arson in connection with an October fire he allegedly set.

Appearing in Iroquois County Circuit Court with his public defender, 36-year-old Ronald E. Campe II pleaded not guilty to the Class X felony and demanded a jury trial, court records show.

A status hearing was set for 9:30 a.m. Jan. 3.

Terrorism suspect due in Paxton courtroom in January on unrelated charges

PAXTON — A former Ford County sheriff’s deputy who is awaiting trial in federal court for alleged acts of terrorism is due to appear in Ford County Circuit Court in January on unrelated criminal charges.

GCMS's tax rate to be reduced once again


GIBSON CITY — For the third year in a row, taxpayers in the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district will pay less.

That’s according to Superintendent Jeremy Darnell, who said during Monday’s school board meeting that the district’s proposed 2018-19 tax levy rate is 5.77, down from 5.89 the year before.

County board to discuss wind ordinance at Dec. 4 special meeting

PAXTON — The Ford County Board will decide early next month what amendments will be made to the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms and when the county’s moratorium on the permitting of additional wind farms will be lifted.

$250,000 donation made to PBL Education Foundation's endowment fund

PAXTON — In early November, Robin Niewold and Carl Hudson Jr. had lunch with a donor interested in contributing to the PBL Education Foundation’s endowment fund supporting the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district.

Niewold had been contacted the month prior by the donor’s financial representative, who was asking for information about the endowment fund.

Ameren's electric-supply price lower than Paxton's aggregation rate

PAXTON — Paxton residents are being reminded that Ameren Illinois’ electric-supply price is currently 1.3 cents per kilowatt-hour, less than the city’s electric-aggregation rate of 6.285 cents.

Fire chief wants to put huge American flag by Interstate 57 in Paxton

PAXTON — Paxton’s fire chief wants to put a huge American flag atop a 150-foot-tall flagpole near the exit for the city on Interstate 57 — not only as a way to support the nation and its veterans but also to make his small city in Ford County stand out to travelers on one of the nation’s busiest highways.

Accolade closes Paxton nursing home, buys another

PAXTON — Accolade Healthcare has shut down one of its nursing homes in Paxton but purchased another, making the company the sole provider of long-term care in the Ford County seat.

Accolade Healthcare owner Moe Freedman said his firm closed Accolade Healthcare of Paxton, located at 1240 N. Market St., effective Nov. 1.

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