A dozen acts to be featured in Iroquois County Fair's talent show

CRESCENT CITY — Talent abounds at the 45th annual Iroquois County Fair Talent Show, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 22, in the 4-H Center at the fairgrounds north of Crescent City. Tickets cost $5 each.

Iroquois County Fair set for July 20-25 near Crescent City

WATSEKA — The annual Iroquois County 4-H & Agricultural Fair runs from Wednesday, July 20, through Monday, July 25, at the fairgrounds north of Crescent City.

Ford County 4-H Show results announced

MELVIN — Following are results from the Ford County 4-H Show held at the 2016 Ford County Fair:

—  Champion aerospace project: Hunter Brewer (Prairie Fire 4-H Club).

— Reserve champion aerospace project: Keagan Busboom (Town and Country Helpers 4-H Club).

Fire causes estimated $15,000 in damage to rural Ludlow home

LUDLOW — Fire caused an estimated $15,000 damage to a rural Ludlow home Tuesday afternoon.

Ludlow Fire Chief Dave Ingleman said Carl Martin, owner of the two-story frame home, was on the property when he heard a noise in the basement, and he noticed smoke.

Ingleman said smoke began rolling out the basement windows and filling the house.

Paxton Fourth of July car show winners announced

PAXTON — Following are results from the car show at the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration at Pells Park:

Best of Show
(Sponsored by Market Street Dental)
Todd and Kelly Cooper of Ogden (1969 Oldsmobile 442)

Best of Division Stock
(Sponsored by Farmers-Merchants National Bank)

IMH medical staff awards $9,000 in scholarships

WATSEKA — The medical staff of Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka has awarded $9,000 in scholarships to nine area students who are pursuing their education in health-related fields of study. 

The recipients of the $1,000 scholarships were:

Retired PBL High School art teacher hired as ordinance officer in Roberts

ROBERTS — Stan Daro, a retired Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School art teacher, was hired July 11 as ordinance officer for the village of Roberts.

The village board voted unanimously to approve the hire.

Joe Fortner had been the ordinance officer for 10 years prior to his retirement this spring.

County board sides with Loda, appoints Rossow to vacant seat

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Board’s appointment Tuesday of Loda resident Paula Rossow to a vacated seat on the Loda Sanitary District Board went off without a hitch.

There were no comments from the public or county board members in attendance. And there was no opposition voiced, with the appointment being approved unanimously.

New chief assessor happy to finally be 'back on the grid'

PAXTON — Patricia Langland jumped at the chance to become Ford County’s new supervisor of assessments.

Not only did the move to east-central Illinois bring her back closer to her native Iroquois County, where many of her family members and Donovan High School classmates still live, but it put the former Calhoun County chief assessment officer “back on the grid,” as she likes to say.

TIF attorney asks Ford County to take closer look at property assessments

PAXTON — Paxton officials are asking their Ford County counterparts to take a closer look at how properties throughout the county — and, in particular, those in the city’s tax-increment financing (TIF) district — are assessed.

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