Paxton Police Blotter (Dec. 26, 2016)

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

Plackett retiring as president of First National Bank in Paxton

PAXTON — Rodney Plackett will retire as president and cashier of the First National Bank in Paxton, effective Dec. 31, 2016.

Scam artists posing as utility company reps, demanding immediate payment

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) is reminding utility customers to be wary of increased scams this season targeting utility customers across Illinois.

The ICC has received numerous complaints from consumers contacted by scammers claiming to be a utility employee. Most often they threaten to disconnect service if they don’t receive immediate payment.


Kids from Clara Peterson Elementary School, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Elementary School, Tri-Point Elementary School and St. John’s Lutheran School tell what Christmas means to them — and what they want for Christmas ...


Police Blotter (Dec. 21, 2016)

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

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Dec. 21, 2016)

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

• Giovanni V. Parenti, 20, of Gibson City, for criminal trespass to a residence with a person present.

Traffic tickets
• Kimberly R. McGuire, 45, of Paxton, for failure to obey a yield sign.

2019 opening date targeted for addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School

PAXTON  — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members reviewed a tentative schedule for the construction of a 63,400-square-foot addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School last week, showing an August 2019 target date for opening its doors.

New graphic design course proposed at PBL High School

PAXTON — A new graphic design course would be offered next school year at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School if the school board approves its implementation next month.

PBL board approves tax levy showing 12% increase

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board last week approved a final version of the school district’s 2016 tax levy, which projects a 12.14 percent increase in the amount to be collected from property owners next summer.

No action on proposal to allow non-resident staff members' children to attend PBL

PAXTON — After months of discussion, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board decided to take no action last week on a proposal to allow children of PBL staff members to attend PBL schools when they live outside of the district.

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