Politics and Government

McCall re-elected chairman of Ford County Republican Party

PAXTON — Gibson City resident Chase McCall was re-elected chairman of the Ford County Republican Central Committee during the group’s bi-annual convention at the courthouse in Paxton on Wednesday, April 18.

PBL school board approves five-year contract with superintendent

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board recently approved an employment contract that will keep Cliff McClure employed as the school district’s superintendent for five more years.

The performance-based contract — obtained by the Ford County Record on Thursday through a Freedom of Information Act request — runs from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2023.

Loda Sanitary District board meets for final time

PAXTON — The Loda Sanitary District’s board of trustees met for the final time Thursday afternoon, with the district’s dissolution expected to become official at a court hearing next week.

During the meeting, held at the downtown Paxton law offices of Martensen, Niemann & Sorensen, the board paid its final bills — totaling $15,456 — bringing the district’s funds on hand to zero.

Legislation to honor officers involved in I-57 shootout still stalled in Senate

PAXTON — It has been 14 months since an area lawmaker introduced a seemingly noncontroversial piece of legislation to honor police officers involved in a bloody gunfight 39 years ago on Interstate 57 south of Paxton.

But passage of the legislation — House Joint Resolution 21 — continues to be stalled, with no resolution in sight.

Mayor wants to use revolving-loan funds to beautify downtown streetscape

PAXTON — Mayor Bill Ingold hopes to use some of the city’s remaining $1 million in revolving-loan funds to beautify downtown Paxton in the next couple of years, with the hopes that doing so will “benefit the citizens of Paxton and the merchants on and near Market Street” and “attract visitors to Paxton to shop, to eat and to return to Paxton many times.”

Paxton mayor hoping to sell airport before landfill

PAXTON — Mayor Bill Ingold said Tuesday he is working to negotiate a deal that would allow the city to sell the Paxton Municipal Airport prior to selling the city’s long-closed landfill, as it could be several more months until the landfill’s sale is ready.

Online payments to be accepted by city

PAXTON — Sometime in the next several months, the city of Paxton is expected to start accepting payments online for residents’ water/sewer bills, as well as other city fees.

Septic tank at school construction site may need removed


PAXTON — On the day that the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district broke ground on the Clara Peterson Elementary School addition and renovation project, school board members learned of a possible change order relating to a septic tank that was discovered at the site.

Loda bank donates 25 trees to village

LODA — Village trustees decided during their monthly meeting last Wednesday to accept a donation of 25 trees from the Federated Bank in Loda.

The bank made the donation to the village in observance of its 100th year in business.

Nursing contract to cost GCMS school district $50,000 annually


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board members approved a three-year contract with Gibson Area Hospital for school nurses during their monthly meeting Monday night.

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