Politics and Government

Ford County farmland leases again awarded to Eberts

PAXTON — Onarga residents Roger and Dave Ebert will lease farm ground from Ford County for another two years, but they will be paying less to the county than they had been.

Cash-rent leases for the three county-owned farms were awarded Friday to the Eberts for a total of $95,663 per year — $27,197 less than their winning bids from two years earlier.


Gibson City’s Downtown Revitalization Committee to meet Nov. 5

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s Downtown Revitalization Committee has called a meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at City Hall.

The meeting is open to the public.


Patriot Rovers group gives service dogs to veterans with PTSD, brain injuries

SAVOY — Like some 90 other golden retrievers trained by the Patriot Rovers organization, Derby is more than a man’s best friend.

He’s trained to be a protector, even a life-saver, for a soldier who has returned from combat with a traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


GCMS gets 'clean opinion' on 2014 audit

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board was issued a “clean opinion” on its annual audit.

Russell Leigh & Associates of Hoopston found the audit for the fiscal year that ended June 30 was in compliance with the Illinois statutes.


Gibson City official: Ninth Street humps will slowly decrease in size

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City residents who have driven down Ninth Street in the last few weeks have had a bumpier ride than usual. When the road’s cracks were oiled-and-chipped last summer, it left humps, with traffic feeling the results.

That was one of many topics discussed when the Gibson City Council met Monday night.


Paxton won't regulate food trucks in immediate future

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council will not regulate food trucks for now.

The council’s city, property, parks and forestry committee met Monday night to address licensing of food trucks but agreed to wait to take any such action.


Signs honoring soldiers removed from lightpoles in Paxton — just before Veterans Day

PAXTON — Signs honoring area residents serving in the five branches of the military were removed — with no warning — from the light poles in downtown Paxton last week.


Three Roberts trustees up for re-election in April 2015

ROBERTS — Village Board President Rick Flessner informed his board during its Oct. 7 meeting that three trustees are up for re-election in April 2015.

One trustee said she probably would not seek re-election, Flessner said. Flessner said Roberts residents interested in appearing on the April election ballot must file a nominating petition between Dec. 15 and Dec. 22.


Village of Melvin to buy two vacant lots on Main Street

MELVIN — The village board has approved moving forward with the purchase of two lots on Main Street that were left vacant when two buildings were torn down.

The board took the vote during its Oct. 9 meeting. Grass is to be planted on the lots to improve the looks of the area, the board agreed.

Also at the meeting:


Paxton residents asked to not put leaves or grass clippings on streets

PAXTON — City officials are asking residents to not put leaves and/or grass clippings on streets.

The presence of leaves or grass clippings on the street can cause storm sewers to become clogged and flooding to occur, the city said in a news release.

Also, it is against city ordinance. Those caught doing it could be fined up to $750 for each offense.


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