Politics and Government

Site of 1979 gun fight on I-57 finally memorialized

PAXTON — William “Bill” Caisse will always be remembered as a mentor to his younger brother Bob.

Bob recalls how he would look up to Bill as the two participated in track-and-field at Paxton Community High School in the 1960s, and every time Bill would set a record, Bob would try to beat it.


Rankin board hears report from engineer

RANKIN — During its Oct. 4 meeting, the village board received information from engineer Greg Gustafson concerning the MPTS permit for Rankin’s water and sewer systems.


PBL interested in putting solar panels on schools' rooftops

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members entered into a commitment of interest regarding the proposed installation of solar panels on the rooftops of the school district’s four school buildings next year.


Volunteer firefighter fills vacancy on Paxton City Council

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


PAXTON — The Paxton City Council has a new member.

Mayor Bill Ingold appointed Justin Withers to the Ward 2 seat on the council that was previously occupied by H.J. Flesner, who tendered his resignation before last Tuesday night’s meeting.


Mulching of Loda park to be explored next spring

LODA — The village board will explore the possibility of mulching the village park next spring.

Trustee Ronda Breeden told her fellow board members during last Wednesday’s monthly meeting that the park is in need of mulch.


$4M in bonds to be issued by GCMS school district

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board approved the issuance of $4.469 million in general obligation bonds at its meeting Monday night.

The vote was 5-1, with board member Steve Swearingen voting “no” and board President Josh Johnson absent.


Developer seeks extension of special-use permit for wind farm

GIBSON CITY — The developers of a proposed wind farm in the Gibson City and Sibley areas in western Ford County are seeking to extend a special-use permit for the project that is due to expire next month.


Falcons-themed water tower in running for 'Tank of the Year'

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s newly repainted water tower and tank is in the running in the 13th annual Tank of the Year contest sponsored by Tnemec Company Inc., a provider of protective coatings for water towers.

Gibson City’s water tower features the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School Falcons’ logo. Paint produced by Tnemec Company Inc. was used in painting it.


Alderman raises questions about tree-removal project

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Alderman Nelda Jordan questioned her fellow Gibson City Council members Monday night about the city’s tree-removal project and expenses.


Same rhetoric at latest public hearing on wind farms

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


PAXTON — Three weeks after a heated public hearing held by the Ford County Planning Commission produced feedback from both sides of the wind-farm debate, the process repeated itself again last Wednesday night in a hearing held by the Ford County Zoning Board of Appeals.


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