52 food establishments ace routine inspections in first quarter of 2014

WATSEKA — Fifty-two of the 176 food establishments in Ford and Iroquois counties that were inspected by the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department during the first quarter of 2014 received scores with no deficiencies.

Miller Park Zoo to make visit to Gibson City library

GIBSON CITY — The Miller Park Zoo will make a visit to the Moyer District Library as part of the library’s celebration of National Library Week from April 14-19.

The zoo will be at the library from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 15. During that time, free homemade ice cream will be provided from Crowridge Farm Ice Cream. The library is also giving away balloons, bookmarks and bags.

Buckley awards contracts for well project

BUCKLEY — Village board members voted unanimously Monday to award a $224,759 contract for the construction of a new well in Buckley and a $151,572 contract for related water-main work.

The well project was awarded to GA Rich & Sons Plumbing of Deer Creek, while Iroquois Paving Corp. of Watseka was awarded the related contract for a new raw water main and water-main replacement.

$800,000 dedicated to road repairs in Ford, Iroquois counties

Roads in Ford and Iroquois counties will see a combined $801,904 in repairs as part of the $100 million to be given to counties, townships and municipalities in Illinois through Gov. Pat Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! construction program.

Gibson City Rotary Club presents plans for North Park improvements

Paxton Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s Rotary Club presented its final plans to renovate the North Park’s playground equipment to the city council’s parks and recreation committee Monday night.

List of upcoming community events (April 10, 2014)

Book fair under way at PBL
PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High School’s library is hosting a Scholastic BOGO Book Fair during regular school hours this week. All items are “buy one, get one free.”

Euchre group offering Thursday tournaments

Ford County Circuit Court Cases (April 10, 2014)

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

Traffic tickets
• Apryl M. See, 21, of Loda, for an improper left turn into oncoming traffic.
• Ronald E. Brown, 64, of Bartonville, for using an electronic communication device while driving.

Paxton Park District to sponsor circus at Coady Park in June

PAXTON – The circus is coming to town.

In its monthly meeting held Tuesday, April 8, the Paxton Park District Board of Commissioners approved a motion to sponsor a one-day, two-show circus at Coady Park.

Culpepper & Merriweather will present two shows with traditional circus performances, including acrobats, on the evening of June 9.

Iroquois County highway shut down after two-vehicle crash

WATSEKA — A section of a state highway in Iroquois County was shut down Tuesday afternoon following a two-vehicle accident that sent two people to an area hospital.

The accident occurred at 1:11 p.m. east of Watseka at the intersection of Illinois 24 and Iroquois County Road 2700 East.

Ford County health agency hires interim administrator

GIBSON CITY — Paxton resident Lana Sample was hired as interim administrator of the Ford County Public Health Department on Monday night, as the board of health filled numerous positions for the new agency just 11 weeks before it starts operation.

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