Politics and Government

PBL board to consider staffing levels for 2015-16

PAXTON — Possible staff reductions or additions will be discussed by the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board during a special meeting Wednesday evening.


One applies to fill vacated PBL school board seat

PAXTON — One person has applied to fill the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board seat vacated earlier this month by the resignation of Dean Swan, Superintendent Cliff McClure said Tuesday.

And that person could be appointed to fill the remaining three months of Swan’s term during a special board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, McClure said.


Board of review rejects Gibson City ethanol plant's appeal

GIBSON CITY — The Ford County Board of Review denied a reduction in the assessed value of a Gibson City ethanol plant last week.

The board’s decision Thursday marked the sixth time since 2009 that it denied One Earth Energy’s appeal of its assessed value. So again, the company will be taking up the issue with the state’s property tax appeal board.


Loda Big Mart won't get video-gambling license

LODA — The Loda Village Board voted 5-0 on Jan. 14 to deny the Loda Big Mart’s request for a “package and pour” liquor license, which, if granted, would have allowed the convenience store to qualify for a video-gambling license from the state.


Inaugural fall event set for Oct. 10 in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Ryan Minion, chairman of the Harvest Fest committee, presented parameters for the inaugural fall event to the Gibson City Council on Monday night.

The committee selected the date of Oct. 10 and asked the city about a lift of the noise ordinance for that evening as well as distributed a map of possible street closings.


Some Paxton restaurants not posting inspection placards

PAXTON — The Country Gardens Restaurant & Pancake House on Paxton’s west edge proudly displays its inspection placard on its front door.

Manager Teresa Huseini likes to show off the Country Garden’s “A” grade and score of 91 that it received on its most recent inspection by the Ford County Public Health Department.


Absentee voting for April election set to begin Feb. 26 in Ford County

PAXTON — In-person absentee voting for the April 7 consolidated election is scheduled to begin Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Ford County Clerk’s Office.

In-person absentee voting continues through Monday, April 6.

The county clerk’s office is located in Room 101 of the Ford County Courthouse, 200 W. State St., Paxton. It is open each weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Parkland board to discuss replacing chairman

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College trustees will meet tonight to discuss how to choose a replacement for outgoing chair Tom Bennett.

Bennett, recently sworn in as state representative for the 106th district, has turned in his resignation, which takes effect Thursday.

The Gibson City resident has been on the community college board for 19 years; this is his third year as chair.


PBL to use firm to sell ads for new scoreboard, TV in gym

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district will be calling on local businesses in upcoming months to help fund a new scoreboard and large high-definition television for PBL High School’s gymnasium.


Iroquois County Board finally approves dispatch contract

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Board finally has approved a contract for dispatch services with the Iroquois County Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB).


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