Nine seniors at PBL High named Illinois State Scholars

PAXTON — Nine senior students at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.

PBL High School’s Eve Bahler, Lydia Blum, Dalton Cowan, Emily Garney, Aubrey Glazik, Elizabeth Landini, Megan Schoonveld, Abby Sellek and Jonah Wilson were among 18,800 seniors from 671 high schools in Illinois to be named Illinois State Scholars this year.

Honor rolls released for area schools


BUCKLEY — Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley has named students to its honor rolls for the second quarter of the 2014-15 school year:

Highest honors (4.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale) — Thomas Baillie, Tara Heisner, Christian Hoggins, Shelby Spitz and Samantha DeBella.

Parkland board to discuss replacing chairman

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College trustees will meet tonight to discuss how to choose a replacement for outgoing chair Tom Bennett.

Bennett, recently sworn in as state representative for the 106th district, has turned in his resignation, which takes effect Thursday.

The Gibson City resident has been on the community college board for 19 years; this is his third year as chair.

PBL to use firm to sell ads for new scoreboard, TV in gym

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district will be calling on local businesses in upcoming months to help fund a new scoreboard and large high-definition television for PBL High School’s gymnasium.

Middle school softball proposed at GCMS

GIBSON CITY — Adding girls’ softball at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Middle School is still an option being explored, but the GCMS school board wasn’t yet ready last week to give its nod of approval.

The board’s main concern is ensuring the proposed athletic program can be sustained financially.

GCMS school board finalizes plans for Early College & Career Academy

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board last week approved the selection process for GCMS High School students to attend the Early College & Career Academy at Parkland College and agreed to reimburse students half of their tuition for the program upon successful completion of the academy’s courses.

PBL board approves course-withdrawal policy

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board voted 5-0 last Wednesday to add a policy related to course withdrawals to the student handbook at PBL High School.

Traveling boys' basketball team to use PBL Eastlawn School's gym

PAXTON — PBL Eastlawn School will be hosting up to five home games for a newly formed traveling fifth-grade boys’ basketball team.

Derek Busboom, a parent of three PBL students, has organized a traveling basketball team comprising seven PBL fifth-graders. During last week’s school board meeting, he requested the use of Eastlawn’s gym for hosting up to five games.

Parents of PBL students urged to complete survey

PAXTON — Parents of students in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district are encouraged to take a few moments to complete the 5Essentials Survey on the district’s website,

Dean Swan resigns from PBL school board

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is seeking candidates to replace longtime board member Dean Swan, who resigned Wednesday night after being arrested two months earlier over allegations he steered public business to a trucking firm he owned.

Swan also resigned this month from his elected position as supervisor of Button Township.

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