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PBL to spend $35,514 on new technology

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board approved last Wednesday spending $35,514 toward the purchase of a new Apple TV and 55 iPads and the addition of wireless access points at Clara Peterson Elementary School and PBL Eastlawn School.

he majority of the cost — $27,774 — will be covered by a Title I grant, Superintendent Cliff McClure said.


Board OKs induction of Guthrie, Rieches into PBL Alumni Hall of Fame

PAXTON — Dr. Janet Guthrie, a 1967 graduate of Paxton Community High School, and Randy Rieches, a 1969 graduate of Buckley-Loda High School, will be inducted into the PBL Alumni Hall of Fame this fall.

Their induction into the Hall was unanimously approved last Wednesday by the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board, as recommended by a Hall of Fame selection committee.


Work on water towers in Paxton to cost $27,000

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council is taking steps to tackle needed work on both the downtown and west-side water towers.

The council voted last Tuesday to spend up to $27,000, including money set aside for contingency expenses, for a new wireless control system that will connect the city’s water towers to the pumping station.


Street closures approved for antique market in Paxton

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council last week approved street closings to facilitate a newly planned First Saturday antique market.

Debi Chapman-Hermann, owner of Mena’s Mercantile in downtown Paxton, requested that the 100 block of East State Street near her store be closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 4, July 2, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3.


Trustee: Resident was 'very disrespectful'

LODA — Trustee Cathy Tittle said during last week’s village board meeting that she was offended by the way a resident recently approached her and told her she was violating a village ordinance by keeping a rooster on her property.


GCMS bus transportation bid up by 33% from current contract

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board received only one bus transportation bid, and it is 33 percent higher than the current total route cost.


Bennett re-elected to two-year term as Ford County GOP chairman

PAXTON — Ford County Republican precinct committeemen last Wednesday re-elected Tom Bennett of Gibson City to another two-year term as chairman of the Ford County Republican Central Committee.


Alderman: 'We need to get a vision for our community, because we don't have one'

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council’s long-term planning committee has called a meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at the Paxton firehouse on North Market Street.


SBA assistance approved for Iroquois County for December floods

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Thursday that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved the state’s request for assistance to help people and businesses in Christian and Iroquois counties recover from severe storms and floods that occurred in late December.


Lee named most outstanding UI undergrad majoring in math/computer science

URBANA — Ian Lee, a graduate of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, received the Most Outstanding Major Award in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Illinois’ Department of Mathematics during an awards ceremony held April 12 in the ballroom of the Illini Union.


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