Missing Loda man found dead under crashed pickup truck

CLARENCE — No foul play is suspected in the death of a Loda man who went missing from Penfield and was found three days later underneath his crashed pickup truck in a Ford County ditch.

Ford County Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Duffy said in a news release that 47-year-old Daniel Starkey was last seen with friends at a Penfield tavern around 9 p.m. Sunday and was reported missing on Monday.

List of upcoming community events (March 7, 2018)

The Corn Belt Shrine Club in Gibson City is selling sweet vidala onions for $10 per 10-pound bag. Pre-orders can be made by calling Matt Lindelof at Bradbury Auto Service Center at 217-784-4055. Delivery will be the second weekend of May.

Police Blotter (March 7, 2018)

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

Ford County Circuit Court cases (March 7, 2018)

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

• Francisco G. Francisco, 31, of Rantoul, for driving on a revoked/suspended driver’s license.

Variances granted for new sanctuary at Paxton church

PAXTON — Despite concerns from Paxton aldermen about the lack of time they had to review proposed variances to allow for the construction of a new sanctuary at the Upper Room Bible Church, the city council still approved the variances during its monthly meeting in February.

Proposed easement for Ameren prompts discussion about legalities

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council debated at length a proposal to grant a transmission easement to Ameren Illinois on city right-of-way during its February meeting.

Paxton considering accepting online water-bill payments

PAXTON — The possibility of Paxton residents being able to pay their bi-monthly water and sewer bills over the Internet is being considered by city officials.

Faulty emergency siren in Paxton to be replaced

PAXTON — A faulty emergency siren on North Union Street in Paxton will be replaced by a refurbished siren for a cost not to exceed $9,500.

The Paxton City Council approved spending that amount for labor and materials after being quoted a price of $8,950 from Fulton Technologies Inc., based in Roselle.

Paxton airport's sale hung up over closed landfill's sale

PAXTON — It has been more than a year since the Paxton City Council agreed in principle to sell the city-owned airport to a private party.

Yet, despite months of discussions behind closed doors, the city and the prospective buyer, Atlantic Ag Aviation Inc. — a firm owned by David Hrupsa of Roper, N.C. — are no closer to finalizing a deal.

Ford County Board has 'somebody in mind' for chief assessor's job

PAXTON — Ford County Board members have “somebody in mind who is very qualified” to become the county’s next supervisor of assessments, and if that person passes a test required by the Illinois Department of Revenue, the board intends to vote on hiring her at its March 12 meeting, said Tom McQuinn, chairman of the board’s insurance and personnel committee.

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