Calls to PBL will result in automated message, instead of secretary's voice


PAXTON — If you call the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district in the near future, instead of a live person, you will hear an automated message on the receiving end with a list of options from which to choose.

Area residents named to Parkland College dean's list

CHAMPAIGN — A number of students from the area were among the 1,095 students named to Parkland College’s dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester. To make the list, students must earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 grading scale for the semester.

PBL board to hold public hearing on amended budget

PAXTON — Immediately prior to its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 13, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will hold a public hearing regarding an amended budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30.

PBL students' community-service trips to Mississippi Delta causing 'ripple effect'

PAXTON — When 10th-grade English teacher Jason Peterson began taking groups of upperclassmen at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School on community-service trips to the impoverished community of Clarksdale in the Mississippi Delta over their spring breaks four years ago, some students wondered what difference they could make there.

Buckley's Kaeb named Farm Credit agriculture scholar

BUCKLEY — Travis Kaeb of Buckley was recognized as one of 30 members of the class of 2018 Farm Credit agriculture scholars during a luncheon at Farm Credit Illinois (FCI) in Mahomet on Thursday, May 31.

Sibley's Quinley takes state 4-H horse-judging title

GALVA — Only five points separated the top six finishers in the 2018 Illinois 4-H State Horse Judging Contest held April 28 at Black Hawk College in Galva.

Ford County 4-H member Katie Quinley, 16, of Sibley, earned 386 out of 400 points in the contest to take the title. Just two points behind, 13-year-old Hannah Maher of Knox County earned second place.

Honor rolls released by area schools

(4th quarter)

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Elementary School has named students to its honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2017-18 school year:

2018 PBL High School graduation ceremony

Here are some sights from Friday's commencement program at PBL High School ...

Harvard-bound Adam McMullin expected to do 'amazing things'

PAXTON — In hindsight, Adam McMullin’s chemistry experiment last summer was “really dumb,” he admitted.

“I wouldn’t recommend anyone do it,” the 18-year-old Bayles Lake resident said, “because it was really dangerous.”

GCMS to eliminate one kindergarten section


GIBSON CITY — As a result of low enrollment, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Elementary School is eliminating one kindergarten section for the 2018-19 school year.

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