Paxton woman gets probation for possessing meth

PAXTON — A Paxton woman was placed on two years of probation and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service after admitting she was in possession of methamphetamine during a March 1 traffic stop in downtown Paxton.

Loda Village Board amends liquor ordinance

LODA — Many things were on the minds of Loda Village Board members in their nearly three-hour meeting last Wednesday night, but first and foremost were ordinances.

Three ordinances were discussed at length, but only one — concerning alcohol — was amended.

PBL board OK's increase in lunch, breakfast prices

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board last Wednesday approved raising the price of school breakfast and lunch by a nickel per meal.

PBL school board to discuss new CBA tonight

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will meet in closed session tonight to discuss collecting-bargaining matters between the district and its employees.

Superintendent Cliff McClure said the current three-year contract with the teachers’ union — the PBL Education Association — expires June 30, and the “length and terms” of a new contract are “up for bargaining.”

Park board approves reservation plan for pavilion at Coady Park

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District board approved a system that will be used to reserve space at the newly built Coady Park pavilion during last Thursday’s meeting.

To reserve the pavilion for a day and/or time, interested parties can call the park district office at 379-4203.  There will be no charge to use the pavilion. 

Wilson looking forward to new role as Paxton alderman

PAXTON — Mike Wilson was appointed as a Paxton alderman last week, filling a vacancy created when Dan Beppler opted not to run for re-election in April.

Wilson, 42, who lives at 610 Cambridge Drive, represents the city’s Fourth Ward, which spans an area south of the alley between Patton and Franklin streets, running east to west from Vermilion Street to Stockholm Road.

Ex-PBL principal joins sales staff at BSN Sports

RANTOUL — Trent Eshleman has joined the sales staff at BSN Sports.

Eshleman has owned and operated Denny’s Sporting Goods in downtown Onarga for the past two years and said he accepted an offer from BSN to become a sales professional.

“BSN asked me if I wanted to join forces, and it seems this is the right time to do that,” Eshleman said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity.

Gibson City police blotter (May 20, 2015)

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Police Department released the following list of persons arrested or ticketed recently:

— Ranran Wang, 19, of Urbana, for speeding on May 17.

— Gabrielle D. Doss, 21, of Hoopeston, for speeding on May 15.

— Storm J. Cochrane, 22, of Normal, for domestic battery on May 12.

— Robert L. Magers, 54, of Danville, for speeding on May 9.

Ford County Sheriff's Office police blotter (May 20, 2015)

PAXTON — The Ford County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of activity for the period of May 10-16:

— On May 16, Tony Garrett of Champaign was arrested in rural Elliott for driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of cannabis after a deputy observed him urinating in a roadway.

— On May 16, a residential burglary and theft was reported in rural Piper City.

Ford County Circuit Court Cases (May 20, 2015)

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

• Kyle E. Gibson, 26, of Gibson City, for four counts of burglary and one count of burglary to a school, day care or place of worship.
• James D. Hawk Jr., 47, of Paxton, for theft (under $300) with a previous theft conviction.

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