Police Blotter (Jan. 27, 2016)

The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity:

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Jan. 27, 2016)

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

GCMS sophomores can apply for Rotary Club's RYLA camp through Feb. 5

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Rotary Club is accepting applications for the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp — a three-day camp offered Friday, April 15, through Sunday, April 17, at Allerton Park near Monticello.

PBL Hall of Fame candidates sought

PAXTON — Nominations are being accepted for the PBL Alumni Hall of Fame’s third induction class.

The Hall of Fame selection committee will be meeting in late February or early March to review nominations received. Nominations forms can be found under the “Hall of Fame” link on the PBL school district’s website,

List of upcoming community events (Jan. 27, 2016)

The first in a series of four “community engagement” sessions — being held to inform the public about options the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district is considering to address the future of its oldest learning center, PBL Eastlawn School — is set for 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at PBL Eastlawn School in Paxton.

GCMS bond resolution up for vote on Jan. 28

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board has set a special public meeting for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, for the purpose of adopting a $1 million bond resolution.

The board held a public hearing Thursday concerning the sale of working cash fund bonds “as an alternative to referendums and cutting more expenses,” said board Vice President Phil Whitehouse.

Bids to be sought for Gibson City downtown lighting project

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Council unanimously authorized the Clark Dietz engineering firm to advertise bidding for the Sangamon Avenue Roadway Lighting Improvements Project at Monday night’s meeting.

Loda trustee: 'Personal feelings' don't mean law can be ignored

LODA — Disagreement continues to persist between Village Board President Carol Arseneau, Trustee Roy Hilgendorf and former trustee John Zalaker.

Two weeks ago, Hilgendorf asked that Zalaker be considered as a candidate to fill one of two trustee seats that have been left unfilled since last fall. It was a suggestion that Arseneau denied.

Love of puppets turns into business for Gibson City man

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Mike O’Brien of Gibson City always adored puppets. Now he is taking that love to schools in the Bloomington-Normal area and helping students bring literature to life.

Man charged in standoff with police waives right to preliminary hearing

PAXTON — A Paxton man criminally charged in connection with a 14-hour standoff with police at his Eastview Drive home last fall waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday and was ordered to appear back in court on March 22.

Timothy G. Donley, 51, appeared in Ford County Circuit Court with his attorney, Kathy Sons of Joliet.

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