Ford County Public Health Department to celebrate one-year anniversary

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department will celebrate the completion of its first year in operation with an open house from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at its office in Paxton.

Cookies and punch will be served at the event, which will also honor retiring APS caseworker Marcia Peznowski.

Officer Stafford wants full-time gig in Rankin

RANKIN — Part-time Rankin police officer Stewart Stafford requested Thursday that the village find the funds to hire him full time, but Village Board President Aaron Warren said not enough money is budgeted for this fiscal year to allow it.

Food to be given each weekend to low-income GCMS students

GIBSON CITY — The Eastern Illinois Foodbank, in partnership with the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district, is considering providing food for school children on the weekends through a proposed “Backpack Program.”

Gibson City workers to complete first step of Lott Blvd. project

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City street and alley department workers will complete the first step of the Lott Boulevard resurfacing project this summer by removing the medians between 8th and 12th streets and replacing them with rock and concrete as decided by a 4-3 vote at Monday’s city council meeting.

Amy Loschen named 2015 Ford County Fair Queen

MELVIN — Amy Loschen, the newly crowned 2015 Ford County Fair queen, is no stranger to judges or contests.

Loschen said she has been involved in livestock judging “since I was old enough to be involved in 4-H.”

2015 Ford County Fair Queen Pageant

Here are some of the sights from Monday's pageant in Melvin...

Ford County Sheriff's Office police blotter (June 22, 2015)

PAXTON — The Ford County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of activity for the period of June 14-20:

— On June 20, a sheriff’s deputy responded to a residential burglary alarm in rural Piper City. The residence was secure, and no cause for the alarm was found.

— On June 19, sheriff’s deputies mediated a domestic argument in rural Paxton.

Rankin cancels Independence Day festivities, except for fireworks

RANKIN — Rankin’s annual Independence Day celebration, scheduled for June 26-27, has been canceled due to wet weather, but fireworks will still be offered, just at a later date.

Fireworks will be done Sunday, July 5, at dusk. Also on July 5, the Rankin Lions Club will be holding a fish dinner from noon at 8 p.m. at the Rankin Lions Club building on Illinois 49.

Plans finalized for Sibley's 4th of July celebration

SIBLEY — Plans have been finalized for the annual Fourth of July Celebration in Sibley.

This year’s parade theme is “Celebrate Rural America.” 

Activities on Saturday, July 4, begin at 9 a.m. with a children’s catch-and-release fishing derby at Sibley Lake. Each fisherman is asked to bring their own bait and a 5-gallon bucket to hold their catch.

PBL High School sets student registration for Aug. 4

PAXTON — Registration for the 2015-16 school year for Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School students is set for Tuesday, Aug. 4, from noon to 7 p.m.

After Aug. 4, registration will be available from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

“We encourage you to have your student(s) registered by Monday, Aug. 10,” said a notice on the PBL school district’s website,

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