Politics and Government

Informational meeting on swine facility expansion set for Monday

PAXTON — The doubling in size of a swine facility northwest of Gibson City will be the focus of an informational meeting Monday evening.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture, at the request of the Ford County Board, has scheduled the meeting for 6 p.m. in the board room in the basement of the Ford County Jail, 235 N. American St., Paxton.


SWCD offices in Illinois concerned about state funding cuts

WATSEKA — Thad Eshleman has worked as a resource conservationist at the Iroquois County Soil & Water Conservation District office in Watseka for 21 years.

But one more year might be all he has left there if the office’s state funding dries up.


Ludlow Grade School board makes several new hires

LUDLOW  — The Ludlow Grade School board recently made several teacher hires and approved the purchase of a cooling system and new windows in the first-grade classroom.


Ford County Republican Women's Club changes meeting dates, times

PAXTON — The Ford County Republican Women’s Club has changed the dates and times of its monthly meetings.

The club has elected to meet on the second Saturday of every other month at 8:30 a.m. Meetings will rotate between the Arcade Cafe & Pancake House in Paxton and the Moyer  District Library in Gibson City. 


Melvin donates toward Sibley 4th of July festivities

MELVIN — The village board on June 9 agreed to donate $200 toward Sibley’s Fourth of July celebration and also to loan $800 to Melvin’s park committee to help cover expenses related to the committee’s food stand at the celebration.

Also at the meeting:


Tri-Point school board approves insurance plan

KEMPTON — The Tri-Point school board approved an insurance plan through Metz Stoller with Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust at a cost of $77,253. Agent Todd Hoffman said buses will be included in the plan, as well as a new appraisal of buildings.

Following a closed session, the board:


Officer Stafford wants full-time gig in Rankin

RANKIN — Part-time Rankin police officer Stewart Stafford requested Thursday that the village find the funds to hire him full time, but Village Board President Aaron Warren said not enough money is budgeted for this fiscal year to allow it.


Food to be given each weekend to low-income GCMS students

GIBSON CITY — The Eastern Illinois Foodbank, in partnership with the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district, is considering providing food for school children on the weekends through a proposed “Backpack Program.”


Gibson City workers to complete first step of Lott Blvd. project

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City street and alley department workers will complete the first step of the Lott Boulevard resurfacing project this summer by removing the medians between 8th and 12th streets and replacing them with rock and concrete as decided by a 4-3 vote at Monday’s city council meeting.


Loda Sanitary District board to vote on budget July 20

LODA — The Loda Sanitary District board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 20, at the Loda firehouse to approve its final combined budget and appropriation ordinance.


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