Paxton to pay up to $36,091 for testing of landfill's groundwater

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council voted unanimously last week to enter into a contract for the testing of groundwater at the city-owned landfill at a cost not to exceed $36,091.

Loda selected to receive $500,000 grant for new water tower

LODA — The Loda Village Board learned during its monthly meeting last Wednesday that the village has been selected to receive a $500,000 federally funded grant for the construction of a new water tower.

Watseka couple killed in head-on collision

WATSEKA — A Watseka couple died in a head-on collision in that city on Sunday afternoon.

Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum said John R. Dowling and Reta A. Dowling, both 84, died in the accident.

Sibley under boil order

SIBLEY — The village of Sibley is under a boil order until Tuesday, June 19, if not longer.

Water department employee Beth Meyer announced the boil order in a message posted on the village’s Facebook page Thursday, saying that water samples need to pass an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) test before the boil order can be lifted.

Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal linked to salmonella outbreak

SPRINGFIELD — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined through an investigation that Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal is the likely source of a multi-state salmonella outbreak.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said one case of salmonella matches the multi-state outbreak strain. The CDC has reported 73 cases of Salmonella Mbandaka from 31 states.

Paxton aldermen approve contract with police labor union

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council has approved a three-year collective-bargaining agreement with the labor union representing the city’s five full-time, unionized police officers.

Area residents named to Parkland College dean's list

CHAMPAIGN — A number of students from the area were among the 1,095 students named to Parkland College’s dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester. To make the list, students must earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 grading scale for the semester.

List of upcoming community events (June 12, 2018)

The Loda Sportsman’s Club has raffle tickets on sale for a drawing to be held Wednesday, July 4, during Paxton’s annual Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration at Pells Park. To obtain a raffle ticket, people can contact a Loda Sportsman’s Club member or call Dan Marlor at 217-550-4546.

Ford County Circuit Court cases (June 12, 2018)

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

• Stanley L. Kaiser, 44, of Tolono, for three counts of violating a stalking/no-contact order.
• Donald F. Bickel, 51, of Paxton, for resisting a peace officer.
• Taylor M. Johnson, 18, of Rantoul, for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police Blotter (June 12, 2018)

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

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