PBL High School's student of month has 'so many positive qualities'

PAXTON — Rhiannon Jeffries of Paxton has been named student of the month for February at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.

Her parents are Matt and Karen Jeffries.

PBL High School art teacher Emily Wood nominated the junior student for the honor, writing in her nominating letter that she has never met “a more kind and patient student in my career.”

Longtime GCMS school board member resigns


GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin Sibley school district’s superintendent, Jeremy Darnell, thanked longtime school board member Steve Swearingen for his service during the board’s meeting Monday night, after the Melvin farmer submitted his resignation two weeks earlier.

Crusaders fall to Cornerstone Christian in scholastic bowl meet

BUCKLEY — Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley competed against Cornerstone Christian Academy of Bloomington in a scholastic bowl rematch of an earlier contest held at Cornerstone Christian Academy. 

The host CLHS Crusaders had a slow start and dropped a junior varsity-level match by six questions. However, the varsity-level match was quite competitive. 

Higher wages for drivers, enhanced GPS lead PBL to switch bus companies

PAXTON — There were two primary factors that led the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board to hire a different company, First Student, to provide transportation services for the school district starting next school year.

Board members to tour school addition in Paxton

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members and administrators will take a tour Wednesday evening of the 63,400-square-foot school building being built on Clara Peterson Elementary School’s east side.

GCMS board OKs contract extensions, accepts golf coach's resignation


GIBSON CITY — In a brief meeting Monday night, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board members approved a two-year contract extension with Mid-American Energy and Mansfield Energy for electric and natural gas, respectively.

Students from Tri-Point, GCMS advance in NSDAR essay contest

The Gov. Thomas Ford chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) announced that Tri-Point Junior High School eighth-grader Erica Harrell and Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Middle School sixth-grader Addison Kerchenfaut were named winners at both the chapter and district levels of the NSDAR’s annual American history essay contest.

Rotary seeks students to attend leadership camp

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Rotary Club is accepting applications from Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School sophomores interested in attending a leadership training camp to be held April 12-14 at Allerton Park near Monticello.

Atkinson named student of month at PBL High School

PAXTON — Sophomore Emma Atkinson of Paxton has been named student of the month for January at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.

A daughter of Dawn Stack and Jim Atkinson, she was nominated for the award by PBL High School English teacher Rebekah Carroll. In her nomination letter, Carroll wrote:

No place like home for PBL High grad in Navy

PAXTON — After living and working aboard a U.S. Navy ship for more than a year, Josiah Martin returned home — although only briefly — for what he termed a “belated” Christmas break.

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