Loose dogs would need to get fixed — at owners' expense  — if picked up twice in Paxton

PAXTON — Under a proposed ordinance up for approval by the Paxton City Council on Tuesday night, the owners of dogs that are found running at large in the city would be required to get their animals spayed or neutered at their own expense after the second time they are picked up by an animal-control officer.

Several races lined up in Iroquois County for March primary

WATSEKA — The March 20 primary election in Iroquois County will feature a number of contested races, including for the Republican nominations for county treasurer and county board positions in four districts.

Dow AgroSciences to close Gibson City research station

GIBSON CITY — Dow AgroSciences LLC plans to close its research station south of Gibson City by year’s end, a company official said Thursday.

The facility, located at 454 E. Ford County Road 300 North, was acquired by Dow AgroSciences, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Co., from Dairyland Seed Company Inc. in 2008.

Drug bust in rural Watseka results in four arrests

WATSEKA — Four people were arrested Wednesday on drug charges after police found about 1,200 grams of cannabis, 129 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, numerous vials of liquid THC and numerous items of drug paraphernalia, along with $1,100 in cash, during a search of a rural Watseka home.

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Dec. 6, 2017)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court, as posted at

Police Blotter (Dec. 6, 2017)

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

TIF attorney: 'We still have an assessment problem'

PAXTON — Unless the Ford County supervisor of assessments decides to raise properties’ assessed values to better reflect what they are actually worth, the city of Paxton could end up having trouble reimbursing landowners for improvements they have made to their properties in the city’s tax-increment financing (TIF) district, an attorney warned the city council last month.

Mom & Pop's Kettle Korn Stop to get new facade

PAXTON — Officials hope that a redevelopment agreement approved by the city council last month to help finance the renovation of a downtown kettle corn shop can be used as a template for similar projects in the future.

Accolade Health Care buys two Paxton nursing homes, one in Pontiac

PAXTON — When Moe Freedman calls in his reservation to the Cobblestone Hotel & Suites, the clerk answering the phone always recognizes his voice.

“They’re like, ‘Hey, Moe,’ before I even say my name,” the 30-year-old Chicago man said.

Major upgrades needed for Gibson City pool


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s public swimming pool is in need of major upgrades in the coming years.

That was the analysis from pool manager Randy Ferguson at a combined meeting of the Gibson City Council’s Parks & Buildings Committee and the Gibson City Pool Board on Thursday night.

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