Politics and Government

Ford County Public Health schedules walk-in flu clinics

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department released its 2018 flu clinic schedule recently.

Fifteen walk-in flu clinics are scheduled in Ford County through October. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are strongly advising vaccinations for everyone 6 months of age and older.


Loda trustees hear report from village auditor

LODA — The village’s auditor, Stan Feller, presented the town board last Wednesday with his yearly audit report for the village.

Feller said the village’s finances are in good shape, although the town could find ways to raise more revenue through increasing its tax levy for its liability insurance and Social Security funds.


Monthly water service billing, rate hike suggested in Buckley

BUCKLEY — Buckley’s auditor, Stan Feller, suggested that the village bill residents for water service on a monthly basis and also increase the base water rates charged to residents during the village board’s monthly meeting.

Feller noted that as a result of a reduction in the town’s assessed value, the village is not receiving the amount of property taxes it needs.


GCMS faculty to receive course tuition reimbursements

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district faculty will receive tuition reimbursements for administrative classes in addition to classes taken within the person’s curricular area.


Audit shows no major problems with PBL school district’s finances

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members learned last Wednesday that the school district’s audit showed no major problems.


Paxton residents on their own when it comes to leaf disposal

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


PAXTON — Paxton residents are on their own when it comes to disposing of their leaves.


Prospective candidates in Iroquois County can begin circulating petitions

WATSEKA — Iroquois County residents interested in becoming candidates in the consolidated election to be held April 2, 2019, can begin circulating nominating petitions on Sept. 18.

For persons to become candidates, they must collect the required number of signatures and file their petitions between Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.


Gibson City aldermen approve garbage-hauling permits

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members approved the city’s annual garbage hauling permits for 2018-19 during Monday’s meeting at City Hall.

Central Illinois Disposal & Recycling of Paxton was granted a permit for one truck, while Area Disposal of Rantoul was granted permits for two trucks.


Residents critical of planning commission members

PAXTON — Ford County’s regulation of wind farms was the main topic of visitors who asked to address the county board during Monday night’s monthly meeting. Many were critical of the recent Ford County Planning Commission meeting.


Wind-farm debate picks up steam in Ford County

PAXTON — The disagreement over how close wind turbines should be allowed to homes in rural areas of Ford County was apparent by the attire worn by some people in the audience of last week’s Ford County Planning Commission meeting.

“Wind works for Ford County,” read the blue shirts worn by some in the packed second-floor courtroom at the Ford County Courthouse.


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