Environment

Buckley board sets deadline for cleanup of First St. property

BUCKLEY — After a lengthy discussion Monday night, village trustees voted to give Ray Dettmering, owner of property on South First Street in Buckley, until Thursday to have Miller Septic empty a septic tank on his property and have a plumber find a leak on the property — and to give him a week from Thursday to fix the problem entirely.


Paxton may seek attorney's help to resolve landfill dispute

PAXTON — If the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency continues to insist that the city pursue additional measures to monitor the groundwater at its long-closed landfill — furthering what one alderman termed a pattern of harassment by the agency — city officials plan to enlist the services of an attorney specializing in environmental law in an attempt to resolve the situation.


Paxton woman seeks volunteers to clean up community

PAXTON — Seeing cigarette butts and other trash littered on the sidewalks and streets of downtown Paxton bothered Monica Miller.

So did seeing all of the empty beer cans along the country roads around the Ford County seat.


IDOA schedules Clean Sweep collection in Central Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — Residents of eight Illinois counties — including Ford and Iroquois counties — can dispose of unwanted agrichemicals for free this year through the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s agricultural pesticide “Clean Sweep” program.


Lake Iroquois continues to be under boil order

LAKE IROQUOIS — The unincorporated community of Lake Iroquois in southwestern Iroquois County continues to be under a boil order.

The boil order was issued Wednesday, June 28, by ERH Enterprises Inc., a Westville-based company that maintains Lake Iroquois’ water and sewer systems.


Ford County Public Health kicks off mosquito surveillance program

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department began its West Nile virus surveillance program for this year on June 1.

The program includes trapping adult mosquitoes and testing them for the West Nile virus. 


Church members help beautify Paxton

PAXTON — About 20 people representing several Paxton churches pitched in to help clean up various areas in town on Saturday.

The group met at Pells Park, where the Rev. Jimm Wood convened the group. He quoted the book of Zechariah, in which God told his followers not to mock small beginnings.


Leaf pickup begins Nov. 1 in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Leaf pickup will begin in Gibson City around Nov. 1 and end around Dec. 1.

Residents of Gibson City are advised that under the city’s leaf pickup policy:

— Only leaves will be accepted for removal.


Fish, trees, plat books available for purchase from SWCD office

PAXTON — The Ford County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) has fish, trees and platbooks available for purchase.


Loda ends beaver hunt at property owner's request

LODA — During the past six months, Loda Village Board member Jon Boone has been hunting and trapping beavers in Spring Creek on the village’s far-west edge, where the animals have built dams that are believed to be causing the town’s storm-water drainage system to become backed up.

Boone thought he had permission to be on the private property along the creek.


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