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Flu clinics scheduled in Ford County

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department has scheduled a dozen flu clinics for this fall.

The flu clinics begin Monday, Sept. 26, and conclude Thursday, Oct. 20, and will be held at sites throughout the county.


PBL’s enrollment continues on downward spiral

PAXTON — The number of students enrolled in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district on the sixth day of classes has declined for a seventh consecutive year.

There were 1,359 students enrolled in PBL’s four schools as of the sixth day of classes of the 2016-17 school year, down from 1,378 last school year.


Sept. 27 meeting to focus on vision for downtown

PAXTON — Owners of downtown Paxton businesses and other members of the public will have an opportunity next week to weigh in on the future of the downtown business district.


Top finishers in 5th annual Paxton Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Contest

Following are the top-finishing teams from Saturday’s fifth annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival:

Overall — Smokin’ Walders (grand champion), Camp’s BBQ-Crew (reserve champion), P&Q BBQ (third), Mantucky Mayhem (fourth), Midlife Quesis (fifth), The Porkers (sixth) and King Brumblecue (seventh).


Camp uses grilling techniques he learned in Army to land reserve champ in BBQ cookoff

PAXTON — Camp’s BBQ-Crew, headed by Paxton resident Marcus Camp, saw success in Saturday’s fifth annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival despite having competed in barbecue cookoffs for only the last four years.


Winning BBQ cookoff didn't seem likely after morning misfortune

PAXTON — Cameron Walder and his younger brother, Kendall, had their smokers lit early Saturday morning.

Luckily, they had more than one going.

Cameron, 30, and Kendall, 20, discovered a problem with one of their two smokers after leaving their barbecue cookoff setup on North Market Street for a few minutes to eat breakfast at the nearby Arcade Cafe & Pancake House.


Paxton Police Blotter (Sept. 19, 2016)

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


16-year-old from Clifton dies after crashing pickup truck

ONARGA — A 16-year-old boy from Clifton died after crashing his vehicle in Iroquois County on Sunday evening.

District 21 Illinois State Police said the accident occurred at 5:51 p.m. on U.S. 45 at the intersection with County Road 1159 North.


Flipping homes a labor of love for Paxton men

PAXTON — The popular home-renovation shows airing on HGTV and the DIY Network — with titles such as “Flip or Flop” or “First-Time Flippers” — don’t have much appeal to Dave King and Ryan Maness, even though the two Paxton men could be considered made-for-TV candidates.


Guthrie, Rieches to be inducted into PBL Hall of Fame on Sept. 22

PAXTON — Dr. Janet Guthrie, a 1967 graduate of Paxton Community High School, and Randy Rieches, a 1969 graduate of Buckley-Loda High School, will be inducted into the PBL Alumni Hall of Fame on Thursday, Sept. 22.


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