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.

Expansion of rock quarry proposed in Iroquois County

WATSEKA — A limestone quarry west of Ashkum in northern Iroquois County has applied for a permit from the state to expand its mining operation by 54 acres, county board members learned last week.

Of 25 ash trees in Roberts, nine remain healthy

ROBERTS — A report prepared by volunteers from the East Central Illinois Master Naturalists organization revealed that of the 25 ash trees found in the village of Roberts, only nine remain healthy.

EPA says Illinois can weigh in on northwest Indiana quarry

KANKAKEE (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Illinois should get a chance to publicly object to a proposed northwest Indiana quarry on the Kankakee River.

SWCD offices in Illinois concerned about state funding cuts

WATSEKA — Thad Eshleman has worked as a resource conservationist at the Iroquois County Soil & Water Conservation District office in Watseka for 21 years.

But one more year might be all he has left there if the office’s state funding dries up.

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