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Ford County Board votes to not recommend hog facility be built

PAXTON — Though it is not legally binding and could be viewed merely as symbolic, the Ford County Board voted Monday night to not recommend to the Illinois Department of Agriculture that a proposed hog-finishing facility be built about a half-mile west of Sibley

Several trustees of the town of 272 in western Ford County addressed the county board, asking for the action.


Gibson City planning commission approves three action items

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s planning commission approved three action items during their meeting Monday night in the dining room of the Villas of Holly Brook.

Chairman Mary Timm first recognized visitor Steve Kelly, general manager of the One Earth Energy ethanol plant located at the north end of the Jordan Industrial Park on the city’s west side.


Gibson City ethanol plant's annexation, rezoning requests approved

GIBSON CITY — In a short meeting Monday night, Gibson City Council members unanimously approved two ordinances related to One Earth Energy’s request to annex approximately 103 acres into city limits and to rezone that land.


Paxton Police Blotter (Feb. 12, 2019)

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity:


Gibson City man to family member: 'I will blow you up at your school'

GIBSON CITY — A Gibson City man being held at the Ford County Jail allegedly said he would “blow up” Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School before he was arrested shortly after midnight Monday.


Two jailed for burglaries to vehicles on North Melvin Street in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Two Gibson City residents remained Monday in the county jail on felony charges stemming from a series of burglaries to vehicles on the city’s north side.


Gibson City man arrested for making threat involving GCMS High School

GIBSON CITY — A Gibson City man was arrested shortly after midnight Monday for allegedly threatening to go to Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School and “possibly do something” to a female family member who attends school there, the city’s police chief said.

Chief Adam Rosendahl was willing to disclose few details about the incident Monday afternoon, noting it was “an ongoing case.”


Board members to tour school addition in Paxton

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members and administrators will take a tour Wednesday evening of the 63,400-square-foot school building being built on Clara Peterson Elementary School’s east side.


Roberts Village Board president submits resignation letter with 'heavy but grateful heart'

ROBERTS — With a “heavy but grateful heart,” Rick Flessner said he has submitted his resignation as president of the Roberts Village Board.

The resignation is effective following the board’s April 2020 meeting. That will leave the remaining one year of Flessner’s current four-year term to be filled by appointment.


Paxton aldermen to discuss fees, permitting for solar-energy projects

PAXTON — Among items listed on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the Paxton City Council is a discussion about an ordinance regarding fees and permitting for solar-energy projects within city limits.

Also on the agenda for the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 145 S. Market St.:


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