Environment

Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event set for March 23 in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Area residents will have the chance to dispose of their unwanted household batteries, cleaning products and other products containing hazardous chemicals during a Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in downtown Gibson City.


Two swine facilities proposed to be built in Sibley area

SIBLEY — There are now two swine facilities proposed to be built in the Sibley area in western Ford County.

An informational meeting about one of them will be held by the Illinois Department of Agriculture at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Sullivant Township Hall, 125 W. Ohio St., Sibley.


Gibson City's proposed solar, wind regulations advance to council

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Members of Gibson City’s planning commission last week recommended the city adopt setbacks for residential wind turbines and solar panels which differ from the setbacks originally requested.


Did you hear that sound?

PAXTON — Was it a meteorite? An earthquake? A jet flying fast and low?

The source of Saturday night’s loud boom that rattled windows in Paxton and was said to be heard in towns as far as 30 miles away remained a mystery a day later, leading to speculation of all sorts at coffee shops and churches Sunday.


Cause of mysterious, explosion-like noise remains unknown

PAXTON — It remained unknown Sunday morning what caused a mysterious, explosion-like noise that rattled the windows of homes in Paxton on Saturday night and could be heard in towns as far as 30 miles away.


PBL moving forward with — but not yet committed to — putting solar panels on schools

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members voted Wednesday to authorize the school district’s superintendent to sign interconnection agreements with Ameren Illinois in preparation for potentially putting solar panels on the rooftops of PBL schools.


IEPA fines Ludlow resident for alleged open dumping of wastes

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has issued an administrative citation for $1,500 to the Brian Gerdes estate and executor Dana Marshall of Ludlow for alleged violations of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act.

The citation was for allegedly open dumping of wastes. Used tires had also allegedly been dumped.


New recycling passes available in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — New passes need to be obtained for people to recycle at Gibson City Recycling starting Saturday, Nov. 3. 

The passes will run from Nov. 1, 2018, through Oct. 31, 2019.  They can be purchased when dropping off items to be recycled or by visiting the Moyer District Library on South Sangamon Avenue in Gibson City.


Leaf pickup starts Nov. 1 in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Leaf pickup is being conducted in Gibson City from Nov. 1 through Dec. 1.

The city’s leaf pickup policy follows:

➜ Only leaves will be accepted for removal.


Gibson City mayor, his son witness 'jawdropping' Hurricane Michael

MARIANNA, Fla. — It was around 2 p.m. last Wednesday when the ravaging winds of Hurricane Michael hit the small city in Jackson County, Florida, where Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey and his son, Jacob, were staying.


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