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Cody Kietzman named president of Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce

PAXTON — Cody Kietzman of the First National Bank in Paxton was elected president of the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors during the organization's Annual Meeting on Monday night.

Kietzman replaced Andy Hudson, the owner of Hudson Drug & Hallmark Shop, who had served as chamber president for the past two years.


Paxton mayor looks back, ahead at progress

PAXTON — Following what he termed a “very busy and very exciting past 12 months in the city of Paxton,” Mayor Bill Ingold highlighted a number of evolvements in the local business world during his speech to the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday night.


Rankin to hire not one, but two police officers

RANKIN — After nearly two years without a police officer of its own, the village of Rankin is readying to hire not one, but two.

Village board members voted to hire two part-time police officers during last Thursday’s board meeting, after interviewing three candidates in a closed session lasting almost an hour.


PBL board eyes hiring of construction manager

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board may approve a contract tonight with a construction management firm to oversee the completion of a 63,400-square-foot addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School in Paxton.

The measure is listed on the agenda for tonight’s meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in the board room in the PBL unit office.


Course of action on Railside gives Gibson City a boost

GIBSON CITY — The mood at last Thursday’s Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce meeting was a good one, with community business leaders smiling and carrying on lively conversations inside The Sand Trap restaurant.


Tense exchange precedes change in city cleaner

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com

GIBSON CITY — Following a tense exchange with its previous cleaning lady, Gibson City Council members voted 6-1 — with Scott Davis voting “no” and John Carlson absent — to accept a bid from Sue O’Neal and Angela Lage for the city’s 2017 cleaning contract.


Ford County not quite ready to turn over pair of properties

PAXTON — Two Ford County residents will have to wait a little longer to take possession of county-owned property they have sought to buy for several years.


EIEC lineman helps bring power to Bolivian villages

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — For three weeks, Terry Riggins was constantly pestered by bugs as he endured 12-hour workdays in 90-degree heat in the mountains of Bolivia.


Paxton Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Contest & Festival set for Sept. 16

PAXTON — The sixth annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 16, in downtown Paxton.


Gibson City police: 'Scammers growing bolder, more desperate'

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Police Department is alerting the public about a telephone scam in which callers are posing as representatives of the police department.


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