Politics and Government

GCMS school board schedules series of committee meetings

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board has scheduled a series of four committee meetings to discuss a wide range of topics.

On Monday, Aug. 1, the board’s personnel and finance committee will meet at 5:15 p.m., followed by a strategy and enrichment committee meeting at 6.

PBL board trying to cut costs for potential new school/building addition

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members already know that at least some people in the community would support a ballot measure to fund the construction of a new elementary school or addition to an existing school.

But board members also know there are plenty of others in the community who think the $30-million-plus price tag is simply too high.

Several staff positions filled by PBL school board

PAXTON — The Paxton Buckley-Loda school board filled several staff positions during its July 13 meeting.

GCMS budget shows $250,000 in black ink

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Superintendent Jeremy Darnell presented the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board with a tentative budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year during its monthly meeting Monday night.

Loda ends beaver hunt at property owner's request

LODA — During the past six months, Loda Village Board member Jon Boone has been hunting and trapping beavers in Spring Creek on the village’s far-west edge, where the animals have built dams that are believed to be causing the town’s storm-water drainage system to become backed up.

Boone thought he had permission to be on the private property along the creek.

Board member walks out of room during pledge, says 'I don't like pledging to an object'

WATSEKA — Coming from a military family, Iroquois County Board member Dan Joyce says he takes offense to fellow board member Vince LaMie not showing the “proper respect” to the American flag during the pledge of allegiance at the start of each monthly meeting.

'What does it mean if you're one of 10 valedictorians? Not much,' PBL board member says

PAXTON — In 2014, Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School had a school-record 10 valedictorians. And the numbers were almost as high in 2015 and 2016, when PBL had six and seven, respectively, to go along with one salutatorian each year.

All may have been deserving of the honor, but school board member Steve Pacey says having so many honorees has a way of watering-down the achievement.

Paxton park board to remain at 7 members — for now anway

PAXTON — Tuesday’s monthly meeting marked the Paxton Park District board of commissioners’ last chance to pursue a November referendum to reduce the number of commissioners from seven to five.

Paxton cops to continue enforcing J-turn ordinance after all

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council has reversed itself and is now calling for enforcement of an ordinance that outlaws so-called “J-turns” on Market Street in the city’s downtown.

The council agreed Tuesday to spend $424 for an outside contractor to paint double-yellow lines down Market Street through downtown. It is against state law to cross such lines.

Retired PBL High School art teacher hired as ordinance officer in Roberts

ROBERTS — Stan Daro, a retired Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School art teacher, was hired July 11 as ordinance officer for the village of Roberts.

The village board voted unanimously to approve the hire.

Joe Fortner had been the ordinance officer for 10 years prior to his retirement this spring.

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