Politics and Government

Judge: City must pay its police chief $1,190 in overtime pay

PAXTON — The city of Paxton will be required to pay its police chief a total of $1,190 in overtime pay he claims he is owed, but the expenses related to the chief’s small-claims case against the city don’t stop there.


GCMS superintendent: Budget 'close to balance'

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Superintendent Jeremy Darnell told the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board Monday night that this fiscal year’s budget is at expected levels.

Going into the fiscal year last summer, Darnell said, he predicted either a surplus or deficit based on if the state made good on its payments.


Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board reviews design renderings

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members voted to accept estimates and schematic design submissions related to the Clara Peterson Elementary School addition and renovation project last Wednesday night.


Paxton City Council hears update on airport's sale

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


PAXTON — Dan Schuering, tax-increment financing (TIF) attorney for the city of Paxton, gave an update to city council members last Tuesday night about the impending sale of the city’s airport to a private company.


District opts not to ban kids from Westlawn Park

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District’s recreation director has decided not to ban three kids from Westlawn Park for behavior that he termed as “not being conducive to a family-friendly environment.”

However, Neal McKenry warned that “if there were any more incidents or complaints filed, there won’t be a second chance.” 


Appeals court dismisses appeal by Paxton B&B in discrimination case

SPRINGFIELD — The attorney for a Christian-based bed-and-breakfast west of Paxton that is facing sanctions from the state for discriminating against a same-sex couple six years ago said Thursday that he plans to contest a recent appellate court order dismissing the B&B’s appeal of those penalties.


Gibson City planning commission to consider subdivision of lot

GIBSON CITY — The city’s planning commission has called a meeting for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, to consider Karen A. Long’s request for a lot she owns at 328 N. Guthrie St. to be subdivided into two individual lots.

The meeting will be held in the dining room at the Villas of Hollybrook, 1400 N. Melvin St.


Vote on dissolution of Loda Sanitary District set for July 13

LODA — An ordinance authorizing the Loda Sanitary District to file a petition for dissolution will be up for a vote by the district’s three-member board during its next meeting at 5:15 p.m. July 13.


Davis appointed to fill Zbinden's seat on GCMS school board

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Dr. Emily Tucker Davis was appointed a member of the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board on Monday night, bringing the board to its maximum of seven members.

Davis, a GCMS High School graduate, is owner of the Gibson Veterinary Clinic. She has two sons who attend GCMS Elementary School.


City honors Ed Day, agrees to accept funds for skatepark

GIBSON CITY — Following the pledge of allegiance, there was a moment of silence at Monday night’s Gibson City Council meeting to honor the late Ed Day, a Ward 3 alderman who served at just one council meeting before his unexpected death on May 12.


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