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Loda board postpones vote on sanitary district dissolution

LODA — Some people would like to dissolve the Loda Sanitary District, which is supported by taxpayers in Loda and the nearby unincorporated community of Bayles Lake. 

Loda Village Board President Carol Arseneau is not one of them.

“Given the cost of dissolving, I believe that we need to stay put for now,” Arseneau said at last week’s village board meeting.


Proposal shot down by Paxton City Council

PAXTON — There is animosity here between the police chief and the superintendent of the public works department.

The two — Police Chief Bob Bane and Public Works Director Mark LeClair — bristled at each other last week during a discussion of whether the city should contract out all mechanic work on the city’s fleet of police cars and public-works trucks.


Retiring ag teacher Doug Anderson puts in countless hours for his students

Editor’s note: This is the second in a four-part series profiling teachers and staff members in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district who are retiring at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Up next week: Beth Nuss.

By DIANE PERKINS
Ford County Record correspondent


Design, scope of downtown project discussed

GIBSON CITY — The citizen-based Downtown Revitalization Committee met recently to review progress on the new lighting plan and to discuss concepts for future changes to the sidewalks and plantings in downtown Gibson City.


Sheriff waiting on results of lab tests in Bear case

SIBLEY — Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran said Tuesday that his office has almost wrapped up its investigation into the abuse of Bear, the brown Labrador mix found tied to a bridge near Sibley and badly injured last month.

But it might be a while before any arrests come.


'They’re all willing to pitch in, and that’s what I love about living in a small town'

PAXTON — Resting in his bed in the basement of the Poll family household, Dan Poll pulls out his cell phone and proudly shows off a photo of the 14-point buck he took in 2008. It was the largest the 45-year-old father of three has taken since he started hunting deer in Central Illinois and Wisconsin in 2006.


Deadline to apply for SBA loans is June 3

ATLANTA — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives,  small aquaculture businesses  and nonprofit organizations in Illinois of the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for economic injury caused by severe  storms, flooding and tornadoes between June 7 and July 31, 2015.


Iroquois County real estate tax bills mailed to property owners

WATSEKA — Iroquois County Treasurer Mindy Kuntz Hagan announced that 2015 real estate tax bills have been mailed to taxpayers of Iroquois County. 


Ford County property tax bills to be mailed soon

PAXTON — The Ford County Treasurer’s Office announced that 2015 real estate tax bills will be mailed to property owners in Ford County on May 18, and payment is due June 17 for the first installment and Sept. 2 for the second installment.

The tax bills will be blue. The taxpayer will need to use the stubs provided to pay the installments.


Special Olympics: Courage in action

By SAM ERWIN
Owner of Nordic Total Fitness


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