GCMS board approves 2019-20 school calendar


GIBSON CITY — Despite not having definitive approval from state officials on how to proceed with so-called “alternative learning” on snow days, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board members approved the school district’s 2019-20 calendar in substantial form Monday night.

Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau offers scholarship for high school seniors

GILMAN — Graduating high school seniors planning to continue their education in the field of agriculture may apply for a scholarship to be awarded by the Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau Foundation.

Applications are available at the Farm Bureau’s office in Gilman and through high school counselors and FFA chapter advisors.

Bridget McMullin named PBL High School's student of month

PAXTON — Bridget McMullin of Loda has been named student of the month for March at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.

A daughter of Kelly and Jen McMullin, the senior student was nominated for the award by her math teacher, Sheila Pickens.

PBL grad wins award for sports writing

GALESBURG — Knox College students brought home 25 journalism awards from this year’s Illinois College Press Association conference, smashing through the record set last year when Knox College’s student-run newspaper won 19.

Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School graduate Jordan Anderson of Loda won honorable mention for a sports game story. Anderson is a self-designed major at Knox College.

PBL Eastlawn School to be torn down this fall


PAXTON — It’s official: PBL Eastlawn School will be demolished by the end of the year.

Paxton students receive visit from Tooth Wizard and PlaqueMan

PAXTON — To help kids learn about the importance of good oral health and how to fight tooth decay, costumed characters Tooth Wizard and PlaqueMan put on a performance last Tuesday in front of students in kindergarten through second grade at Clara Peterson Elementary School in Paxton as part of the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation’s Land of Smiles program.

PBL board expected to OK school calendar Wednesday

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to approve a final version of a school calendar for the 2019-20 school year during its monthly meeting Wednesday night.

Paxton elementary school dealing with cold-, flu-like viruses

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s superintendent sent a letter to parents Friday advising them to keep their kids at home if they are experiencing flu- or cold-like symptoms as the district continues to deal with “viruses that are causing vomiting and diarrhea as well as respiratory symptoms” among students at Clara Peterson Elementary School.

Longtime PBL school board member hanging it up

PAXTON — When Dave Dowling began his lengthy tenure as a member of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board, he had a pretty good idea of what the volunteer, unpaid position entailed.

After all, the son of longtime educators said: “Education’s been in my blood. Education’s just been there all the time.”

Teacher of the Week Tim Hess: ‘Respect in place from Day 1’

Meet TIM HESS — a self-described car-guy-turned-motorcycle-guy and the “Marine who teaches band” at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High. “What I really try to do is I really teach leadership to the kids,” he says. “The first tenet of leadership is that you have to lead by example. As a teacher here at PBL, I’m the guy that shows up early so the kids see me practicing.

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