Politics and Government

$54,000 in HLS work approved by Ludlow Grade School board

LUDLOW — The Ludlow Grade School board last week approved a 10-year health and life safety report that calls for a little more than $54,000 worth of work on the school building.

Architect David Henebry prepared the report, which draws attention to three areas.


PBL Backpack Program gets school board's nod of approval

PAXTON —  The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board last Wednesday voted unanimously to create the PBL Backpack program, which will provide needy children at Clara Peterson Elementary School with food to take home twice a month.


Design of new school addition being studied at PBL

PAXTON — A group of school district staff and board members, plus the district’s architects and construction management firm, started working last Friday on the design of a 63,000-square-foot addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School in Paxton.


Paxton residents' bimonthly water bills to rise by $8.59

PAXTON — Paxton residents’ water bills will be rising — to the tune of $8.59 every two months.

The Paxton City Council voted unanimously last week to obtain a low-interest, short-term loan of $500,000 to bring in enough funds to complete the re-painting of the city’s two water towers later this year, plus a variety of work related to maintaining the city’s wastewater system.


Zoning variance OK'd to allow 17-foot-tall pole barn in Paxton

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council voted unanimously last week to approve a zoning variance to allow a pole barn to be built at a height of 17 feet — which is higher than permitted by the city’s zoning ordinance.


Alcohol sales no longer to be banned in Paxton on Election Day

PAXTON — Yes, Paxton residents, you will be able to buy a cold beer after voting on Election Day.

A longstanding ordinance that banned alcohol sales in Paxton on Election Day but has apparently not been enforced for quite some time — “three-fourths of forever,” Mayor Bill Ingold said — will soon be removed from the books.


'Invalid contract' forces do-over of bidding process

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Building Commission learned last week that it had entered into an invalid contract for the purchase and installation of an emergency generator for the complex that houses the jail, sheriff’s office and dispatch center in Paxton.


Monthly recycling pickup to be discontinued in Sibley

SIBLEY — The Sibley Village Board learned during its March 6 meeting that garbage hauler Arlan Kaufman will be discontinuing monthly recycling in Sibley starting April 1.

The last recycling collection will be Friday, March 31, Kaufman said.


Hospital pledges to match up to $2,500 in donations for Roberts library repairs

ROBERTS — The Roberts Village Board learned during its March 6 meeting that Gibson Area Hospital had pledged to match $2,500 in donations for repairs needed at the Roberts Public Library if the group organizing fundraising efforts is able to raise that amount.


Legal bills exceed $1M in GCMS's property tax dispute with One Earth Energy

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district has now spent more than $1 million in legal and other fees in its unresolved dispute over the assessed value of a Gibson City ethanol plant, but the district’s superintendent said those bills may not be growing much more.


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