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Paxton woman charged with theft of $25,000 from her employer

PAXTON — A Paxton woman was charged Tuesday with felony theft for allegedly stealing more than $25,000 from her employer over a one-year period.

Ford County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak charged Venece M. Parrish, 37, of 251 W. Center St., with one count of theft of between $10,000 and $100,000, a Class 2 felony, in Ford County Circuit Court.


Some — but not all — incumbents prevail on Election Night in Ford, Iroquois counties

Some incumbents, but not all, prevailed in their bid for re-election Tuesday in contested races in Ford and southern Iroquois counties.

In a four-way race for three available seats on the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board, incumbents Dave Dowling and Doug Wolken, both of Paxton, were victorious with unofficial vote totals of 600 and 598, respectively.


Rankin board to try to negotiate with IEPA on sewer-plant violations

RANKIN — An engineer told the village board last week that he and the board should try to “negotiate down” the various actions that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is asking the village to undertake to bring its sanitary sewer plant in compliance with environmental laws and regulations.


GCMS student named IESA Scholar Attitude Award winner

GIBSON CITY — Nathan Garard of Gibson City, an eighth-grader at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Middle School, was one of 15 eighth-grade students in Illinois named a winner of the Illinois Elementary School Association’s 2015 Scholar Attitude Award.

One student from each of the 15 IESA membership divisions was selected as a winner by a panel of judges. Garard was selected for Division G.


Wind turbine setback change fails to gain zoning board's recommendation

WATSEKA — A proposal to strengthen the setback requirements for wind turbines built in Iroquois County failed to receive enough votes to gain a recommendation from the Iroquois County Zoning Board of Appeals last week.


Ashkum man's murder trial pushed back to August

WATSEKA — The long-delayed trial of murder suspect Andrew M. Condon has been pushed back again, this time to August.

Condon, 36, of rural Ashkum, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the October 2012 fatal shooting of Jonathan D. Rubin, 27, of Danforth, at the Shell gas station in Gilman where Mr. Rubin worked.


PBL school board to discuss student fees at next meeting

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will discuss student fees for the 2015-16 school year during its next meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the board room at the unit office.

Among the fees to be discussed at the meeting are those charged for student registration, lunch, breakfast, Advanced Placement/dual credit courses and driver’s education courses.


Gibson City police blotter (April 6, 2015)

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

— A juvenile, for failure to wear a seat belt, graduated driver’s license violations and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia on April 5.

— Robert L. Knerr, 30, of 408 N. State St., Gibson City, for a probation violation on April 3.


Woman accused of stealing $25,000 from her employer

PAXTON — A Paxton woman was arrested last week for allegedly stealing between $25,000 and $26,000 from her employer over a one-year period.

Venece M. Parrish, 37, of 251 W. Center St., was arrested for theft of more than $500 on March 31 following an investigation by Paxton police, according to Police Chief Bob Bane.


Ford County Sheriff's Office police blotter (April 6, 2015)

PAXTON — The Ford County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of activity for the period of March 29 through April 4:


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