Politics and Government

Ford County board of health might reduce its number of meetings

GIBSON CITY — The Ford County Public Health Department board is considering reducing the number of times it meets per year, from 12 to six.

“We’ve talked about possibly meeting every other month,” board President Mike Short of rural Paxton said, noting, however, that no decision has been made yet.


Loda Village Board amends liquor ordinance

LODA — Many things were on the minds of Loda Village Board members in their nearly three-hour meeting last Wednesday night, but first and foremost were ordinances.

Three ordinances were discussed at length, but only one — concerning alcohol — was amended.


PBL board OK's increase in lunch, breakfast prices

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


PBL school board to discuss new CBA tonight

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will meet in closed session tonight to discuss collecting-bargaining matters between the district and its employees.

Superintendent Cliff McClure said the current three-year contract with the teachers’ union — the PBL Education Association — expires June 30, and the “length and terms” of a new contract are “up for bargaining.”


Park board approves reservation plan for pavilion at Coady Park

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District board approved a system that will be used to reserve space at the newly built Coady Park pavilion during last Thursday’s meeting.

To reserve the pavilion for a day and/or time, interested parties can call the park district office at 379-4203.  There will be no charge to use the pavilion. 


Wilson looking forward to new role as Paxton alderman

PAXTON — Mike Wilson was appointed as a Paxton alderman last week, filling a vacancy created when Dan Beppler opted not to run for re-election in April.

Wilson, 42, who lives at 610 Cambridge Drive, represents the city’s Fourth Ward, which spans an area south of the alley between Patton and Franklin streets, running east to west from Vermilion Street to Stockholm Road.


GCMS board to consider paying for search for next superintendent

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board will consider Thursday whether to hire the Illinois Association of School Boards to conduct a search for a new superintendent.


Gibson City Council makes moves to help ethanol plant expand

GIBSON CITY — One Earth Energy has plans to expand the operations of its ethanol plant on the west side of Gibson City, and the city council is going to help it.

The council voted unanimously Monday night to proceed with both the annexation of an additional 103 acres owned by One Earth Energy as well as the creation of a new tax-increment-financing (TIF) district for that land.


Officers commended, aldermen sworn in at busy Gibson City Council meeting

GIBSON CITY — In a busy meeting of the Gibson City Council on Monday night, the following occurred:

— Four council members were sworn in as aldermen for their respective wards, including one new representative: Brandon Roderick. Nelda Jordan, Scott Davis and Laura Miller all remain on the council, as Jordan won her election and Davis and Miller ran unopposed in April.


Ford County Board to discuss switching employee health insurance providers

PAXTON — The Ford County Board has called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, to discuss and vote on whether to switch employee health insurance providers.


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