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Scheme for west-side water tower in Paxton approved

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council last week approved the painting and décor scheme for the water tower on the city’s west edge.

The tower will be cleaned and painted. Engineer Greg Gustafson needed the council’s decision before he could put out bid specifications.


GCMS juniors post third-best average ACT score in last 8 years

GIBSON CITY — Of the 76 juniors at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School who took the ACT college-readiness exam last school year, more than one-third scored a 25 or above, Principal Chris Garard told the school board last Thursday.


At war with the beavers

LODA — Wearing rubber boots and armed with a hand-held cultivator tool, Jon Boone ventures out into a heavily forested area just south of the township road that the locals call the Loda Slab.
The 63-year-old, tall, gray-bearded man leads the way through 6-foot-high prairie grass, using his tool to create a path for a trailing reporter.


GCMS baseball coach's job safe for now

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley baseball coach Dustin White’s job is safe for now.


Audrey Bloomquist named 2016 Ford County Fair Queen

MELVIN – In between two out-of-state trips, Audrey Bloomquist will be in her home county this summer – for a week, at least.


2016 Ford County Fair Queen Pageant

Here are some of the sights from Monday's Ford County Fair event in Melvin ...


Ford County Special Education Cooperative director retiring

GIBSON CITY — Rick Brackmann, director of the Ford County Special Education Cooperative (FCSEC), will be retiring at the end of next June.

In a June 14 letter, Brackmann stated his intentions to retire effective June 30, 2017, which marks the end of his current contract.


PBL board to hear findings from community engagement process

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board later this month will hear a report that it will use to determine whether to pursue a referendum on November’s election ballot.


PBL may do away with valedictorian/salutatorian distinction

PAXTON — The days of  Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School honoring several valedictorians and salutatorians each year may be numbered.

Or not.


PBL board approves expansion of exam exemption policy

PAXTON — Starting next school year, some junior students in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district could be exempt from taking their final exams.


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