Gibson Area Chamber schedules Community Appreciation Dinner at park

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Community Appreciation Dinner is scheduled for 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, in the pavilion at the North Park in Gibson City. The meal consists of all-you-can-eat fish, along with baked beans, coleslaw, bread and a drink for $5. Carryout orders will also be available. Also, ice cream will be available for purchase.

Barickman sets mobile office hours in area communities

Staff from state Sen. Jason Barickman’s office will be holding mobile office hours in several communities on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

“This is an opportunity to speak with staff members regarding any questions or concerns with state government,” a news release said.

IHSA sued by nonprofit watchdog group

CHICAGO — The Illinois High School Association once claimed in a court case it is a local public entity and fits squarely within the definition of a local public entity.

The IHSA, whose governing board includes public school officials, also claimed it was organized for the purpose of conducting public business.

Ford County Circuit Court Cases (July 24, 2014)

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

• Joshua J. Edwards, 36, of Hoopeston, for driving on a license revoked or suspended due to DUI.
• Darin S. McCall, 48, of Clarence, for solicitation to meet a child (age 5 or older) and battery.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Office police blotter (July 24, 2014)

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of recent activity:

Teen arrested for DUI in fatal Iroquois County crash

CRESCENT CITY — A 17-year-old boy from Watseka was arrested for driving while intoxicated in connection with a two-vehicle collision Wednesday in rural Crescent City that killed a 59-year-old Watseka man and seriously injured a 6-year-old.

RV park's owner found dead in burning camper

CRESCENT CITY — The owner of an RV park in Iroquois County was found dead inside a burning camper on the property early Wednesday morning.

Around 5 a.m., emergency personnel were called to the Spring Creek RV Park in rural Crescent City after a neighbor reported a camper on the property as being engulfed in flames, according to a news release from the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office.

Tea room — celebrating 20 years — brings visitors to Paxton

PAXTON — The Country Thyme Tea Room has been a fixture in Paxton for 20 years, but most of its customers don’t live in the Ford County seat.

Owner Bonnie Kaeb said most of her customers travel from within a 2-hour radius of Paxton to enjoy her home-cooked foods in a cozy atmosphere that they can’t find anywhere else.

Marijuana-growing operation busted in Ford County

KEMPTON — A nine-month investigation into a marijuana-growing operation in northern Ford County has resulted in the arrest of a 60-year-old man from rural Clifton.

Ford County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak said that in October 2013, agents from the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group began an investigation into a possible cannabis grow in rural Kempton.

Iroquois County Jail in full compliance with state standards

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Jail is in full compliance with Illinois Department of Corrections standards, according to an inspection of the facility completed July 16 by IDOC officials.

The jail was inspected by criminal justice specialist Brad Besson, and correctional officers Joseph Jaskula and Claudio Garcia participated in entrance and exit interviews.

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