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.

PBL Panther Regiment to perform at Eastern Illinois University

Almost everyone loves a parade. Same goes for marching bands. And if you love them and want to hear many at one swoop, head to Charleston Saturday for the 38th annual Panther Marching Band Festival.

Paxton-Buckley-Loda’s band will be among those competing.

Sara Kennedy awarded EIU's Isabel McKinney Undergraduate Scholarship

CHARLESTON — The Eastern Illinois University Isabel McKinney Undergraduate Scholarship has been presented to Sara Kennedy of Paxton.

PBL vs. GCMS football 2014; Pink Heals fundraiser

GCMS spoiled PBL's homecoming with a 22-16 victory Friday. Prior to the game, a non-profit organization called Pink Heals stopped by Zimmerman Field with a pink firetruck, giving away $2,000 each to PBL students Caitlynn Riblet and Jordan Reynolds, each of whom were diagnosed with cancer over the past year, and 2-year-old Mason Whitaker, who was diagnosed with leukemia.

Dalton Cowan named commended student in National Merit Scholarship Program

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School student Dalton Cowan has been named a commended student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A letter of commendation from PBL High School and the National Merit Scholarship Corp., which conducts the program, will be presented by Principal Travis Duley to Cowan.

PBL Hall of Fame inductees share stories, offer advice to students

PAXTON – When he was a business teacher in the spring of 2013, Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School Principal Travis Duley proposed the idea of having a hall of fame for former students of PBL, Paxton and Buckley-Loda High School.

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