Weber-Jones named grand marshal of GCMS homecoming parade

GIBSON CITY — Judy Weber-Jones has been selected to serve as the grand marshal of Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School’s 2018 homecoming parade, scheduled for Thursday evening.

Weber-Jones and her husband, Rusty, have been married for 23 years and live in Champaign. She retired in 2016 after having taught for 31 years and coached for 20 years in the GCMS school district. 

Custodian back to work just 6 weeks after double-knee replacement

GIBSON CITY — After having both of his knees replaced with artificial joints, Carl Welch could have taken more time to rest. The six weeks of work he missed could have been eight or 10, or even more.

Jordan Giese named PBL High School's student of month

PAXTON — Jordan Giese of Loda has been named Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s student of the month for September.

The senior was nominated for the award by his chemistry and physics teacher, Dave Shellhamer. In Shellhamer’s nomination letter, he wrote:

GCMS faculty to receive course tuition reimbursements


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district faculty will receive tuition reimbursements for administrative classes in addition to classes taken within the person’s curricular area.

Audit shows no major problems with PBL school district’s finances


PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members learned last Wednesday that the school district’s audit showed no major problems.

PBL school board to hold public hearing on budget

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will hold a public hearing on the school district’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 immediately prior to the start of its regularly scheduled monthly board meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The hearing is set for 7 p.m., and the board is expected to approve the budget at the meeting to follow.

Three area high schools to offer CEO program starting next fall

GIBSON CITY — Early on in his presentation Thursday to Gibson City business leaders about the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship’s Prairielands CEO program, Austin Brooks showed a video of one of the program’s former participants.

Gronewold, Meents to be inducted into PBL Hall of Fame on Sept. 27

PAXTON — Carmen Gronewold and Tom Meents will be inducted into the PBL Alumni Hall of Fame during Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s homecoming week later this month.

Meents, a 1985 graduate of Paxton High School, is a championship-winning driver in the Monster Truck series. Gronewold, a 1975 graduate of Buckley-Loda High School, is a Lutheran missionary in Nepal.

PBL Education Foundation elects new officers, awards grants

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda Education Foundation’s board of trustees held its annual meeting on Aug. 9, electing new officers for the 2018-19 school year.

Elected were Robin Niewold as chairman, Leslie Cottrell as vice chairman, Theresa Rueck as finance chairman and Connie Ross as secretary. 

Retired educator enjoying time as interim principal of Paxton grade school

PAXTON — Being brought out of retirement may mean fewer walks on the trails of Mahomet’s Lake of the Woods and fewer lunches with his friends, but Tom Shallenberger would have it no other way.

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