Politics and Government

GCMS has spent $652,682 on legal dispute with One Earth Energy

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district has spent $652,682 since 2007 in its ongoing legal dispute over the assessed value of the One Earth Energy ethanol plant in Gibson City, according to an itemized list of bills the Paxton Record has obtained from the district through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Chanute Air Museum closing in Rantoul

RANTOUL — One of the last signs that Rantoul at one time held an Air Force base will vanish at the end of this year.

Chanute Air Museum, which has operated in the community since the spring of 1994 — just months after the closure of the base the previous fall — will close Dec. 30.

“This was not an easy decision for anybody,” Nancy Kobel, air museum board president, said.

GCMS board president wins dice roll, but will give up seat to defeated opponent

PAXTON — Moments after Rod Cope and Phil Whitehouse rolled dice to break their tied vote totals from the April 7 election, the victorious Cope made the surprise announcement that he will be giving up his newly obtained four-year term on the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board to his defeated opponent.

Dice roll to break tie in GCMS school board race

PAXTON — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board President Rod Cope plans to be at the Ford County Courthouse on Thursday when the dice is rolled to declare a winner in the tied election race between himself and board member Phil Whitehouse.

Whichever way the dice rolls, Cope said Wednesday he’ll be OK with the result.

PBL school board considers raising meal prices by 5 cents

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is considering raising the price of school breakfast and lunch by a nickel per meal.

The board discussed during last Wednesday’s meeting a proposed 5-cent increase in the cost of lunch and breakfast at all four schools.

Iroquois County Board opposes Illinois House Bill 3523

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Board approved a resolution last week opposing a proposed state law that board members say would eliminate counties’ authority to regulate commercial wind turbines.

Loda board OKs permit for remodeling of garage

LODA — It took separate two votes, but the Aardsma family of Mulberry Lane in Loda finally received their building permit — a permit which they thought they did not need in order to remodel their garage.

“I did not think they needed one either, originally,” said Village Board President Ron Dudley, who initially had given the family permission to remodel the garage.

Benningfield resigns as Gibson City Police Department administrative assistant

GIBSON CITY — Terri Benningfield, the long-time administrative assistant at the Gibson City Police Department, will be retiring this summer.

At Monday night’s Gibson City Council police, light and nuisance committee meeting, Police Chief Steve Cushman proposed putting out advertisements as soon as possible to find candidates to fill the impending opening.

Memorial plaques may help fund pavilion

PAXTON — Paxton residents might have a chance to stake a claim on Coady Park’s new pavilion, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of May.

The Paxton Park District’s board of commissioners discussed during its April 14 meeting the possibility of asking residents to make a $500 donation to help offset the costs of the pavilion’s picnic tables and benches.

Design concepts for lighting project discussed by Gibson City Council

GIBSON CITY — Clark Dietz, the engineering firm for Gibson City’s proposed downtown lighting project, presented the city council’s police, health, light and nuisance committee with initial designs during a meeting Monday night.

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