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Paxton cops waiting to see how Supreme Court ruling could affect impoundment practices

PAXTON — Impounding vehicles has been a money-making business for the Paxton Police Department since August 2009, when an ordinance went into effect requiring the owners of vehicles used in the commission of various crimes to pay a $500 administrative penalty, plus towing and storage fees, to get back their seized vehicles.


Upset by $32 surcharge, Elliott residents pack meeting room

ELLIOTT — Water quality and increased water bills were on the minds of about 25 Elliott residents who came to Tuesday night’s village board meeting to vent their dissatisfaction with recent board action.


Rural Paxton man pleads guilty to reckless homicide in 2016 crash

PAXTON — A rural Paxton man pleaded guilty Tuesday to reckless homicide in connection with an August 2016 head-on crash that killed a 19-year-old Paxton woman.

In return for 27-year-old Thomas T. Hoekstra’s plea to the Class 3 felony, Ford County State’s Attorney Andrew Killian agreed to dismiss two other Class 2 felony counts of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.


Paxton Police Blotter (March 12, 2019)

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


Board hears complaint about wind farm interfering with TV reception

PAXTON — A relative newcomer to the Kempton area complained Monday night to the Ford County Board about how the nearby Kelly Creek Wind Farm has caused him difficulty in receiving channels via antenna on his television.


Panel formed to explore options for new Gibson City pool

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — For 98 years, Gibson City has had a swimming pool at the southeast corner of Lott Boulevard and 14th Street.


Child molester from Gibson City gets 35 years in prison

PAXTON — Before sentencing Ryan Todd Schoolcraft to 35 years in prison Monday for repeatedly sexually molesting a girl beginning when she was 11 years old, a Ford County judge heard testimony and evidence alleging the 43-year-old Gibson City man had previously had inappropriate sexual contact with at least three other girls, including one who gave birth to his first child.


Paxton students receive visit from Tooth Wizard and PlaqueMan

PAXTON — To help kids learn about the importance of good oral health and how to fight tooth decay, costumed characters Tooth Wizard and PlaqueMan put on a performance last Tuesday in front of students in kindergarten through second grade at Clara Peterson Elementary School in Paxton as part of the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation’s Land of Smiles program.


State Rep. Bennett recovering, hopes to be released from hospital soon

BLOOMINGTON — State Rep. Tom Bennett of Gibson City continues to recover from injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle crash last week and hopes to be released from a Bloomington hospital as early as Tuesday, his chief of staff said Monday.


PBL board expected to OK school calendar Wednesday

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to approve a final version of a school calendar for the 2019-20 school year during its monthly meeting Wednesday night.


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