PBL sets hearing on food service management contract

PAXTON — Immediately prior to its regular monthly meeting tonight, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed food service management contract.

104-year-old firetruck shows how much technology has evolved

PAXTON — It has been quite some time since Gary Popel’s 104-year-old firetruck has been seen in Paxton’s annual Christmas parade, and it has been much longer since it last was used to fight any fire.

Three sworn-in as Gibson City aldermen


GIBSON CITY — Three new aldermen were seated on the Gibson City Council on Monday night.

Susie Tongate was elected Ward 1 alderman in April, defeating former alderman Dean Kidd. She replaces 12-year alderman Barb Yergler, who did not run for reelection.

Health insurance proposal to be sought by Ford County Board

PAXTON — Just as it did two years ago, the Ford County Board will seek proposals from other health insurance companies to cover its 50 employees.

Residents near Kempton-area wind farm make complaints

KEMPTON — Several residents of the Kempton area asked the Ford County Board on Monday night to intercede on their behalf with the owners of the Kelly Creek Wind Farm.

Railside Golf Course re-opens with changes

GIBSON CITY — With a name like “Alcatraz,” it might be expected that the par-three sixth hole of the newly redesigned Railside Golf Course will be hard to escape for even the most talented and experienced golfers.

Ford County Circuit Court cases (May 10, 2017)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court:

• Jeremy R. Clingenpeel, 38, of Hoopeston, for driving on a revoked/suspended driver’s license.
• Dale R. Stump, 50, of Paxton, for aggravated driving under the influence/no valid driver’s license and driving on a revoked/suspended driver’s license.

Ford County Circuit Court cases (May 3, 2017)

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

• Landon T. Harris, 21, of Paxton, for burglary.
• Matthew T. Harrell, 25, of Forrest, for aggravated cruelty to animals, criminal damage to property ($300 to $10,000) and aggravated assault.

Police Blotter (May 3, 2017)

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

➜ Bruce C. Butler, 42, of 211 W. 4th St., Gibson City, for a headlight violation on Saturday, April 29.

➜ Michael L. Jett, 57, of Perryville, Mo., for speeding on Thursday, April 27.

Paxton aldermen OK amended redevelopment contract for 'The 102'

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council voted to amend the city’s redevelopment agreement with Scaggs Properties LLC to ensure the company is fully reimbursed for the renovations it has been making to the former 102 Lounge building it owns downtown.

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