Missing Watseka man found dead in Indiana

WATSEKA — A Watseka businessman and school board member who disappeared early last week has been found dead in northwest Indiana.

The Watseka Police Department said it was contacted by the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department on Monday morning and was told that the missing man — Donald E. Becker, 59, of Watseka — was found dead in that county with his vehicle.

Paxton Police Blotter (Feb. 6, 2017)

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

Trio arrested for robberies in two counties

URBANA — Three men were arrested Wednesday in connection with business robberies in two counties.

Champaign County sheriff’s Lt. Curt Apperson said two of the men were linked to gas station holdups that occurred late last year in Savoy and Urbana and a church break-in in Champaign this week.

Miller re-elected president of Ford County Fair board

MELVIN — Kirk Miller of Melvin was re-elected president of the Ford County Fair board at its annual meeting on Jan. 14. 

Dallas Meyer of Thawville and Corinne Brown of Paxton were re-elected vice president and secretary/treasurer, respectively.

List of upcoming community events (Feb. 1, 2017)

The Ford County Historical Society’s Water Tower Museum, located at 135 S. Market St. behind Paxton City Hall,  is closed for a winter break and will be open next on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visits to the museum at other times can be arranged by calling 217-379-4111 or 217-379-3723. Admission to the museum, which specializes in Ford County history, is free.

Tours of new Ludlow Community Center offered Sunday

LUDLOW — From 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, area residents will get their first chance to tour the new Ludlow Community Center.

Mayor Pete Walker will speak at 2 p.m. His comments will include thanking those who volunteered, donated to the rebuilding effort or helped in any way.

Buckley woman charged in theft of $144,500 from employer

URBANA — A Buckley woman who allegedly stole thousands of dollars from a Champaign business where she worked to spend on illegal drugs has been charged with a Class 1 felony.

Kimberly Allen, 35, was arrested last Tuesday in connection with the alleged theft of about $144,500 from Martin One Source, a printing company at 808 Country Fair Drive, C.

Police Blotter (Feb. 1, 2017)

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

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Feb. 1, 2017)

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

• Weylin T. Williams Jr., 22, of Rantoul, for possession of 15-100 grams of cocaine.
• Jason L. Joslin, 31, of Fisher, for possession of a controlled substance.

Paxton residents' water bills would rise if city obtains loan

PAXTON — An additional $3.84 fee would be reflected on Paxton water customers’ bimonthly bills if the city council ends up moving forward with a proposal to obtain a $205,000 loan to bring in funds needed to complete the re-painting of the city’s two water towers later this year.

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