Environment

Plenty of deer here, but where are the signs?

RURAL PAXTON — Wary drivers who regularly travel Illinois 9 in Ford County probably already know the danger that exists just west of the intersection with Illinois 115.

It’s where a bridge carries traffic over the Big Four drainage ditch. There’s a wooded area to the north, with cornfields surrounding it.


Red maple tree dedicated in police dog's memory

PAXTON — A red maple tree planted on the west side of the Paxton Police Department headquarters was dedicated on Arbor Day in memory of Max, the agency’s first police dog.

Mayor Bill Ingold gave a brief speech to a small crowd of city employees on hand, including Max’s former handler, officer Chad Johnson, as well as members of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s FFA chapter.


Master Gardeners plan events, including Plant Share on April 28

ONARGA  — Members of the Ford-Iroquois Master Gardeners met March 13 with 16 members and Master Gardener coordinator Jenney Hanrahan present. 

The following occurred:


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.





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