Onarga man faces up to 45 years in prison for sexual abuse of two girls

WATSEKA — A 47-year-old Onarga man faces between 10 and 45 years in prison when sentenced next month for sexually abusing two girls several years ago.

Area man resentenced to four years in prison for violating his probation

PAXTON — A former Paxton man was resentenced to four years in state prison this week for violating the terms of his probation.

Eric J. Joslin, 27, whose last known addresses were in Melvin and Colfax, was placed on probation on June 2 after pleading guilty in Ford County Circuit Court to unlawful possession with intent to deliver a look-alike substance, a Class 3 felony.

Sean F. Kelley acquitted of second-degree murder

PAXTON — A Paxton man was acquitted of second-degree murder Wednesday afternoon, setting off an emotional scene at the Ford County Courthouse.

Schematic design approved for Coady Park pavilion project

PAXTON — A schematic design for the Coady Park pavilion project was approved at the Paxton Park District board meeting held Tuesday.

Ford County Sheriff's Office police blotter (Oct. 15, 2014)

PAXTON — The Ford County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of activity for the period of Oct. 5-12:

— On Oct. 12, a vehicle stolen in Benton was recovered in Kempton.

— On Oct. 10, a deputy assisted with a landlord/tenant dispute in Melvin.

— On Oct. 10, a deputy took a missing person report in Roberts. The missing person was later located and was OK.

Ludlow might start sending delinquent water bills to landlords, not renters

LUDLOW — In an effort to pare the number of delinquent water bills, the village board could begin sending bills to landlords rather than renters.

The village board will study the idea and may send it to the village attorney for consideration.

The issue remains in the discussion stage, Mayor Pete Walker said.

Iroquois County Board awards fertilizer bid to Cissna Park firm

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Board’s finance committee voted unanimously Thursday to accept the lowest of four bids received for the supply of fertilizer for the county-owned farmground east of the courthouse in Watseka.

The difference between the lowest and highest bid was less than $500.

Paxton to create liquor license for catering of alcohol

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council has created a new category of liquor license to accommodate a restaurant owner’s new catering business.

Three farms owned by Ford County to be focus of public auction on Oct. 31

PAXTON — Three farms owned by Ford County will be leased to the highest bidders at a public auction scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

Ford County Circuit Court Cases (Oct. 15, 2014)

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

• Samantha J. Bryant, 20, of Champaign, for obstructing justice.
• Lynn M. Labarbara (a.k.a. Lynn M. Morgan), 41, of Hoopeston, for possession of a controlled substance and theft (under $500).

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