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U.S. Army soldier gets hero's welcome to Gibson City from Afghanistan

GIBSON CITY — Seth Dickey received a hero’s welcome when he arrived in his hometown of Gibson City on Monday after a year of service in the U.S. Army, including six months in Afghanistan.


'The prognosis looks much better now' for Caitlynn Riblet; faculty wins PBL student vs. faculty benefit for PBL sophomore

PAXTON – Since Paxton-Buckley-Loda sophomore Caitlynn Riblet was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in December, her journey through the treatments has been defined in one slogan.

The slogan can be seen on T-shirts worn by PBL students and faculty alike every Thursday in support of Riblet – “Fight Like a Girl.”


PBL's Caitlynn Riblet on her treatment for Ewing's Sarcoma: 'Everything's really good so far'

PAXTON – Caitlynn Riblet returned from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago to Paxton at midnight Saturday after a three-day period of chemotherapy.

Riblet was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma – a primary bone cancer – last December. She still has two more weeks in the first round of chemotherapy.


Breakfast to be held to raise funds for PBL student Caitlynn Riblet

PAXTON — There will be a benefit breakfast, titled "Pancakes for Caitlynn," as a benefit for PBL student Caitlynn Riblet, who was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in December.


Interest inquired for ICN fiber-optic project utilized by PBL school district

PAXTON — Local businesses and school board officials attended a meeting last Wednesday at Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High School to discuss what PBL Technology Director saw as an underused gem.


Image gallery: Cut-a-Thon for Caitlynn

Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School's Little Assembly hosted a Cut-a-Thon event in support of PBL sophomore Caitlynn Riblet, who was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in December. Here are some of the sights...


'The Lucky PBL 4' to be presented checks from Illinois Lottery

PAXTON — Illinois Lottery officials will present oversized ceremonial checks today to a group of three employees and one former employee of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district, who won $1 million in the Nov. 23 Powerball drawing.

The group, who call themselves “The Lucky PBL 4,” bought a three-month Powerball subscription on the Lottery’s website in October.


$1 million lottery winner to be revealed soon

Illinois Lottery officials said the Paxton resident who won $1 million in a November Powerball drawing has contacted the lottery and plans to complete a claim form in early January.

The Illinois Lottery plans to hold a press conference with the undisclosed winner in Paxton in early January.


Paxton recycling center to be closed sporadically thru holidays

PAXTON — Residents are being advised that the city’s recycling center will be closed Dec. 19, Dec. 20, Dec. 21, Dec. 24 and Dec. 28.


New electric distribution rates approved

CHICAGO — The Illinois Commerce Commission approved new electric distribution rates on Monday for Ameren Illinois for 2014.

The new rates reflect a reduction of about $45 million in annual revenue and will go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.


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