Peddling amendment approved by Gibson City Council

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members on Monday night approved an amendment to an ordinance regarding soliciting and peddling of city residents.

Juror pay lowered to $15 after court ruling

PAXTON — Ford County Circuit Clerk Kim Evans told the county board Monday night that jurors from now on will be paid at the old $15 rate.

Does hanged serial killer's ghost still haunt Paxton's old jail?

For the Ford County Record

Is the old Ford County Jail haunted? Many people believe it to be. Whether you believe in the paranormal or not, the 19th Century jail has held some of the county’s most frightening figures from its dark past — even having one of pure evil who came to his death at the end of a rope.

Girl, 17, avoids injury after crashing car near Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — A 17-year-old Melvin girl avoided injury when she crashed the car she was driving in Dix Township northeast of Gibson City on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

A report from the Ford County Sheriff’s Office said the accident occurred around 8:20 a.m. on Illinois 54 near County Road 600 East.

Woman airlifted to hospital after crash near Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — A Livingston County woman was flown by helicopter to an Urbana hospital on Tuesday after the vehicle she was riding in crashed on a two-lane highway near Gibson City.

A report from Lt. Pat Duffy of the Ford County Sheriff’s Office said the one-vehicle crash occurred around 1:05 p.m. Tuesday on Illinois 9 in Drummer Township.

'Mr. Illinois Central Historical Society' stepping aside at end of year

PAXTON — Ever since the Illinois Central Historical Society bought an old railroad depot in downtown Paxton in 1990, Paxton resident Chuck Werner has been the go-to guy for anyone wanting to check out the organization’s massive collection of historical materials stored there.

Cushman resigns as Gibson City police chief, citing mother's health

GIBSON CITY — Both the past and the future were on the forefront of Steve Cushman’s mind as he drove Tuesday morning to Clifton to visit his ailing 85-year-old mother, Delores.

“She’s one of the most special people in the world to me,” Cushman said as he passed through Melvin. “Right now, I need to spend as much time as possible up there.”

Rankin trustees OK making repairs to village's pickup truck

RANKIN — Village board voted last Thursday voted to spend up to $500 to repair the village’s pickup truck.

Sith’s Trim Shop will do the work. Board members also voted to buy a new set of tires for the truck from Smitty’s at a cost of $664.

In other business:

Volunteers sought for Lighted Christmas Parade, Fright Night

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to help with its annual Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday, Nov. 19, in downtown Gibson City.

With the theme “Dashing Through the Snow,” the parade is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with parade lineup set for 5:30 p.m.

Ford County GOP to mail flier to voters endorsing Trump for president

PAXTON — Ford County Republican precinct committeemen voted 8-0 Saturday to send a flier to all registered voters in Ford County endorsing Donald Trump’s candidacy for president of the U.S.

The cost to mail the flier is expected to be about $4,000. It will be paid for by the Ford County Republican Central Committee.

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