Education

Danforth teen wins state 4-H Vet Science Award

DANFORTH — For Tess Cummings of Danforth, who has grown up caring for Nubian dairy goats and a quarter horse on her family’s farm, the decision to start working on 4-H veterinary science projects was an obvious one.

This year, her passion and hard work paid off in a big way. Cummings was recently awarded the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association’s 4-H Veterinary Science Award.


GCMS honored for teen driver safety

GIBSON CITY — The National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) has selected six schools — including Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School — for its national teen driver safety program, Project Ignition.

The program is operated in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to effectively and specifically work to increase seat-belt usage among teens.


GCMS gets 'clean opinion' on 2014 audit

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board was issued a “clean opinion” on its annual audit.

Russell Leigh & Associates of Hoopston found the audit for the fiscal year that ended June 30 was in compliance with the Illinois statutes.


GCMS High School releases honor roll for first quarter of 2014-15

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School has named students to its honor roll and high honor roll for academic achievement in the first quarter of the 2014-15 school year.

High honor roll


Two PBL High School grads honored at EIU

CHARLESTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School graduates Richard “Corky” Emberson and Alyssa Swan have been recognized by the College of Education and Professional Studies at Eastern Illinois University as the 2014 Leadership & Service Award winner and the 2014 Hamand Award winner, respectively.

Richard “Corky” Emberson


PBL superintendent expects tax rate to go up — but for only a year

PAXTON — Property owners in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district likely will pay a higher tax rate to support the local school system next year, Superintendent Cliff McClure said.

The rate increase, however, will only be for one year.


PBL to cover students' tuition for new program at Parkland College

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board agreed last week to pay up to $10,000 per year to cover students’ tuition next year in the  Early College & Career Academy at Parkland College in Champaign.


PBL board to discuss preliminary 2014 tax levy

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will get its first look at the school district’s preliminary 2014 property tax levy Wednesday night.

Also on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.:


Essay-writing contest will award scholarship to Illinois high school senior

BUCKLEY — High school seniors in Illinois can enter a statewide essay-writing contest for the chance to win a college scholarship that will award $1,000 per year for up to four years of higher education.


Mentors needed for Paxton Church of Christ's after-school mentoring program

PAXTON — The Paxton Church of Christ is seeking 11 additional mentors for its after-school mentoring program, Kids Connection.

The homework/mentoring program for students in kindergarten through fifth grade is offered at the church each Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m.


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