Zoning board recommends council grant variance for old depot building

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council will decide in September whether an Onarga couple will be allowed to turn an old railroad depot building in downtown Paxton into a residence and art gallery.

Commission to spend up to $10,500 to address sound issues in courtroom

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Building Commission voted Friday to spend up to $10,500 to address sound issues in the main courtroom in the Ford County Courthouse.

Commissioners voted 4-0 to hire Todd McNutt of Gibson City-based McNutt Consulting Services (MCS) to adjust the courtroom’s speaker system to fix the sound issues.

Forensic computer expert: Ex-staffers of agency wasted $81,000 per year in taxpayer money

WATSEKA — Ex-employees of the now-dissolved Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department spent an estimated 2,700 hours per year using their work computers for personal business, amounting to more than $81,000 per year in wasted taxpayer money, a forensic computer expert told the Iroquois County Board last week.

Pair arrested — one still at large — after 4 pounds of pot found in traffic stop

MILFORD — Two Danville men were arrested Sunday in Iroquois County after police found 4 pounds of suspected marijuana and $750 cash in their vehicle.

Pair linked to series of burglaries, vehicle thefts in western Iroquois County

GILMAN — Two men arrested recently for retail theft have been linked to several burglaries and vehicle thefts in western Iroquois County, the sheriff’s office said in an Aug. 26 news release.

Juan Perez, 18, of Gilman, and Aaron Tuttle, 19, of Danforth, were arrested for retail theft in Watseka on Aug. 20.

PBL schools placed on soft lockdown after students hear possible threats

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district was placed on a soft lockdown Thursday afternoon after two PBL Eastlawn School students reported they heard two men making threatening statements while children were outside during recess.

Murder victim's family wants maximum prison sentence

MILFORD — The family of Jonathan D. Rubin, the Gilman gas station clerk who was gunned down by a masked man in 2012, said his killer should receive the maximum possible term in prison.

Man who shot gas station clerk over denial of pack of cigarettes convicted of murder

WATSEKA — An Iroquois County man was convicted of first-degree murder Thursday night for fatally shooting a gas station clerk who had denied him the purchase of a pack of cigarettes.

A 12-member Iroquois County jury deliberated for about four hours before reaching its guilty verdict against Andrew M. Condon, 36, of rural Ashkum.

Doctor to speak at next Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Breakfast

ONARGA — Dr. Donald Reese, a family practice physician for Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services, will be the featured speaker at the University of Illinois Extension’s next Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Breakfast, set for 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the UI Extension office in Onarga.

22-year-old gets 4 years in prison for having sex with 14-year-old

PAXTON — A 22-year-old Sibley man has been sentenced to four years in prison for having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl on three occasions last March.

Ryan W. Young, 22, pleaded guilty June 29 to three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony, and was sentenced Tuesday by Ford County Circuit Judge Matt Fitton.

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