$1 million boost for local charities

CHAMPAIGN — Seven local charities are sharing in a surprise windfall of more than $1 million.

Danish teen: 'Everything's bigger' in the U.S.

GIBSON CITY — Anton Sorensen is spending the next year in a town of 3,400 people — just a fraction of the population of his hometown of Aalborg, Denmark — but, for some reason, everything seems bigger.

PBL students, their parents to hear program about 'digital expectations' next week

PAXTON — A representative of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office will speak to students and their parents about “digital expectations” — including things kids should or should not do using their wireless devices — next week at PBL High School and PBL Junior High School.

GCMS school board discusses dual-credit program

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School students may soon have an opportunity to take classes outside the walls of the high school and earn not only high school credit, but college credit, as well.

PBL schools to dismiss early Monday, Tuesday

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda schools will dismiss early Monday, Aug. 25, and Tuesday, Aug. 26, due to the extreme heat and humidity.

Elementary buildings will dismiss at 2 p.m., PBL High School at 2:05 and PBL Junior High School at 2:10.

Transitioning back to school doesn't have to be that stressful

The Community Resource & Counseling Center in Paxton

It’s about that time of year again! We’re in the midst of last-minute adventures and soaking up as much sun as possible before children and teens return to school.

PBL education foundation elects officers

PAXTON — The PBL Education Foundation’s board of trustees elected officers for the upcoming year during its annual organizational meeting Aug. 12.

Elected were Justin Swan, chairman; Leslie Cottrell, vice chairman; Dennis Luhrsen, treasurer; and Theresa Rueck, secretary. Also on the executive board are Cliff McClure, superintendent; and Connie Cook, executive secretary.

Police urge safe driving in school zones

ASHKUM — As students head back to school, Illinois State Police are reminding Illinois drivers to take safety precautions while driving around schools.

Illinois State Police District 21 Commander Lt. Randy Ness is urging motorists, cyclists, school bus drivers, students and parents about the increased vehicular traffic as well as pedestrian traffic in and around school zones. 

$1M deficit eyed in PBL school district's education fund

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district is facing a projected $1 million deficit in its education fund for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Three expensive options on table for PBL Eastlawn School’s fate

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board may decide to renovate or replace the school district’s oldest learning facility, PBL Eastlawn School, as part of more than $23 million in potential projects being considered for over the next 10 years.

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