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Maxey named president-elect of statewide association

PAXTON — Ellen Maxey, director and chief managing officer of the Ford County probation department, is the new president-elect of the Illinois Probation and Court Services Association. 

Maxey most recently held the position of secretary for the IPCSA’s executive board and was elected as president-elect from a field of nine candidates.


Lindgren named Ford County Board chairman; Shure retained as Iroquois County's chairman

PAXTON — The Ford County Board has a new chairman.

During its reorganizational meeting Monday night, the board unanimously elected long-serving board member Bob Lindgren  of rural Loda as its chairman for the next two years.


Ford County sheriff's deputies issue 25 traffic tickets in November

PAXTON — The Ford County Sheriff’s Office issued 25 traffic citations in November, including 15 for speeding.

There were also two tickets each issued for improper traffic lane usage, driving with no valid driver’s license, operating an uninsured vehicle and expired registration.


Paxton man gets 10 years in prison for child pornography

URBANA — A Paxton man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for receiving and possessing child pornography.

On Monday, Chief U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid imposed the sentence upon Kenneth W. Slater, 32, of the 1000 block of South Washington Street.

In addition, Slater was ordered to pay restitution to two victims for a total amount of $6,000.


So who really are Cindy and Ann Ihrke?

Ann Ihrke and her daughter-in-law, Cindy, were portrayed in a series of mass-mailings to Ford County residents ahead of the Nov.


Paxton Police Blotter (Dec. 3, 2018)

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


3-way race for seat in Gibson City's Ward 2 a possibility in April's election

GIBSON CITY — There are now at least three people interested in running in next April’s election for a seat representing Ward 2 on the Gibson City Council.

City officials said Friday that resident Aaron Franks was the latest to pick up the required paperwork from City Hall to become a candidate to fill the four-year term.


Buckley Ambulance Service seeks EMTs, to hold educational course

BUCKLEY — The Buckley Ambulance Service is in need of more licensed emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and hopes to generate more interest in what it calls a “gratifying” profession through educational classes being offered in Buckley early next year.


Wheels of justice turning slowly in death of Paxton woman

PAXTON — In the two-plus years since a head-on crash south of Paxton killed a 19-year-old woman, the wheels of justice have turned slowly in bringing to trial the man whose alleged drunken driving caused her death.


A life remembered: George Young

SHELBYVILLE — George Young built more than a girls’ basketball program when he took over as the head coach at Paxton High School in the mid-1970s.


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