University of Illinois

Andress to start student-teaching at PBL High School in January

URBANA — The University of Illinois Agricultural Education program has placed a student teacher, John Andress, with agricultural science instructors Mike White and Doug Anderson at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.


PBL Hall of Fame inductees share stories, offer advice to students

PAXTON – When he was a business teacher in the spring of 2013, Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School Principal Travis Duley proposed the idea of having a hall of fame for former students of PBL, Paxton and Buckley-Loda High School.


Agronomy Day set for Aug. 14 at University of Illinois

URBANA — The latest findings in crop sciences will be presented during the 58th annual Agronomy Day at the University of Illinois on Thursday, Aug. 14.

More than 1,000 visitors are expected to attend Agronomy Day at the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center, located off St. Mary’s Road on South Wright Street.


Iraq veteran from Paxton aims to improve outdoor opportunities for others

CHAMPAIGN — A University of Illinois graduate student who served in the Iraq War is working to provide outdoor opportunities for area veterans, especially those with disabilities.


U.S. Army soldier gets hero's welcome to Gibson City from Afghanistan

GIBSON CITY — Seth Dickey received a hero’s welcome when he arrived in his hometown of Gibson City on Monday after a year of service in the U.S. Army, including six months in Afghanistan.


GCMS grads named to ExplorACES steering committee

URBANA — Adam Sommer and Jacob Dickey, both from Gibson City, have been named to the 2014 ExplorACES Steering Committee in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois.


UI Extension offering Ag Careers Night in Gilman

ONARGA — The University of Illinois Extension’s Ford-Iroquois office has scheduled its second Agriculture Careers Night for Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau building in Gilman. 

Students in junior high school and high school and their parents are invited to attend to learn more about agriculture career options and college degree programs available.


Chef hopes to turn Paxton into mecca for barbecuers with second annual cookoff

PAXTON — Benjamin Grice has always had a spirit of adventure, having had numerous changes of addresses while pursuing a career as a chef.

The Paxton native is hoping his most recent adventure will help his hometown with an event next month and perhaps give local chef-wannabes a chance to try their skills.


Judge grants motion to allow Suburban Express cases to be refiled

PAXTON — Suburban Express Inc., a Champaign charter bus service whose legal tactics have created an Internet uproar among University of Illinois students, will get another day in court — but probably not Ford County Circuit Court.


Ford-Iroquois Extension office moving next week

ONARGA — The University of Illinois Extension office serving Ford and Iroquois counties is moving to a new location in Onarga next week.

The Extension office in Onarga will be closed Monday, July 29, and Tuesday, July 30, and will re-open at its new location at 916 W. Seminary Ave. in Onarga — the former Bork Nurseries building — on Thursday, Aug. 1, a news release said.


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