PBL eyes March 1 launch for revamped district website

PAXTON — After launching a Facebook page and Twitter account last Friday, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district is now getting ready to introduce a revamped district website.

A March 1 launch is expected for the rebranded, said Dustin Franckey, the district’s technology co-director.

PBL working to get mobile devices in every student's hands

PAXTON — With the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board’s approval earlier this month to spend more than $40,000 on additional technological equipment — including 10 iPads for a cost of $4,100 and 81 Chromebooks for a cost of $24,447 — the district is steadily getting closer to its goal of having a mobile device in the hands of every student in every classroom.

Ag chief: Use federal programs for rural Internet access

CHAMPAIGN — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urged rural communities in East Central Illinois to take advantage of federal programs to help make high-speed Internet access available in their areas.

In an interview Thursday with The News-Gazette, Vilsack expanded on President Barack Obama’s call Wednesday to make fast, affordable broadband available to more parts of the country.

PBL students, their parents to hear program about 'digital expectations' next week

PAXTON — A representative of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office will speak to students and their parents about “digital expectations” — including things kids should or should not do using their wireless devices — next week at PBL High School and PBL Junior High School.

Conxxus phone outage may continue through Saturday

PAXTON — Customers of Conxxus in the Paxton area may remain without landline telephone service through Saturday or perhaps longer, the local company indicated in a message on its answering machine Thursday afternoon.

“Phone service to this area will be restored tentatively on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the earliest,” the message said.

Meeting set for next week on fiber-optic network in Paxton

PAXTON — Businesses and government officials in Paxton are being invited to an informational meeting next week to discuss the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s recent connection to a statewide fiber-optic network and the potential for the network to be expanded to elsewhere in the community so that others can reap the benefits of high-speed Internet service.

Mayor wants to turn Gibson City into 'The City of Lights'

GIBSON CITY — Mayor Dan Dickey has an admittedly “ambitious” idea to make Gibson City’s downtown a “destination” like no other in East Central Illinois.

Dickey is proposing spending $300,000, perhaps more, to turn his city into “The City of Lights.”

PBL's connection to fiber-optic network prepares district for future

PAXTON — In upcoming years, every student in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district  could have a laptop computer to use in the classroom and complete their coursework at home — and reliable, high-speed Internet access will be critical to making that “one-to-one” technology initiative a reality.

Early results show turbines not exceeding noise limits, firm’s lawyer says

DANVILLE — The preliminary indication from a sound study at the California Ridge Wind Project is that turbines are not exceeding Illinois noise limits, according to an attorney with Invenergy, the wind farm owner.

GE continuing probe of recent wind turbine breaks in U.S.

OAKWOOD — General Electric said it is doing “thorough investigations” of three recent incidents involving GE wind turbines breaking in the U.S. — including one at the California Ridge Wind Farm in Vermilion County — and has identified “a suspect population of roughly 1.5 percent of our total blades in our wind turbine fleet.”

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