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.

At war with the beavers

LODA — Wearing rubber boots and armed with a hand-held cultivator tool, Jon Boone ventures out into a heavily forested area just south of the township road that the locals call the Loda Slab.
The 63-year-old, tall, gray-bearded man leads the way through 6-foot-high prairie grass, using his tool to create a path for a trailing reporter.

Health department reminds well owners to test following floods

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Public Health Department is recommending that owners of private water wells arrange to have their wells inspected following heavy rains to ensure that surface water has not entered the wells through the well cap, vent or sanitary well seal. 

Milk dispensers in PBL lunchrooms? Maybe

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district officials are taking seriously a proposal by PBL Junior High School’s Lego League team to help reduce the amount of trash the district creates every school day.

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