Politics and Government

USDA grant to help fund Gibson City lighting project extended

GIBSON CITY — Another vote on the proposed downtown lighting project was not on the agenda for Monday night’s meeting of the Gibson City Council.

$1.39 million deficit eyed for GCMS school district

GIBSON CITY — Since 2011, the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district has ran a deficit of at least $218,000 in its annual budget, and that trend is expected to only continue in the 2016 fiscal year.

The school board recently voted 5-0 to place its proposed budget for the fiscal year that started July 1 on public display, showing a projected deficit of $1.39 million.

45 food establishments in Ford County get 'A' grade on inspections

PAXTON — Of the 54 food establishments in Ford County that received routine inspections by the Ford County Public Health Department during the second quarter of 2015, all but nine received an “A” grade. The rest got a “B.”

Loda trustees reject Buckley's proposal to share police officer between towns

LODA — There will not be a police officer in Loda. At least for now.

By a 3-2 vote at a special meeting July 21, the Loda Village Board decided to turn down an offer from the Buckley Village Board for Buckley to share its police officer, Chris White, with Loda.

Alleged illegal liquor sales prompt appearance by police at Loda event

LODA — The president of the Loda Village Board was approached by police officers Saturday after someone alleged illegal liquor sales were occurring at the annual Loda Good Ole Days celebration.

Barickman to speak to Ford County GOP on Aug. 8

KEMPTON — The Ford County Republican Central Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 8 at Tom’s Bar & Grill in Kempton.

On the meeting’s agenda is an update from Springfield by state Sen. Jason Barickman.

The meeting is open to the public.

Loda Sanitary District board approves budget

LODA — The Loda Sanitary District board voted 3-0 to approve its final combined budget and appropriation ordinance Monday.

The final ordinance includes the same numbers as the tentative combined budget and appropriation ordinance approvedin June. The ordinance applies to the fiscal year that runs from May 1, 2015, through April 30, 2016 — which is expected to be the district’s last.

Roberts residents warned to keep grass clippings off village streets

ROBERTS — The village board on July 6 discussed issues with some residents mowing their grass onto streets.

The board was concerned that with residents doing so, it could lead to problems with grass clippings clogging the village’s drainage system. Also, when it rains and the grass is wet, it can lead to accidents by motorcyclists and pedestrians.

Annexation proposal in Sibley to be focus of Aug. 3 meeting

SIBLEY — The village of Sibley is hosting a public meeting with a representative of the Ford County Zoning Board of Appeals regarding a proposal to annex Rick Meyer’s property east of Lake Drive into Sibley village limits.

The meeting is set for 6-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at Sullivant Township Hall, 125 W. Ohio St., Sibley.

State, federal officials tour flood-damaged farmland in Iroquois County

WATSEKA — Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Philip Nelson, along with representatives of the U.S.

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