Proposed hog-confinement facility near Sibley not yet OK'd by state

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Agriculture needs more time to decide whether a proposed hog-confinement facility to be built west of Sibley meets the eight siting criteria of the Livestock Management Facilities Act.

Catholic priests who served Ford, Iroquois counties named in report on sexual misconduct

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Six Catholic priests who served parishes in Ford or Iroquois counties were among the nearly 400 Catholic clergy members and church staff in Illinois named in a report released Wednesday by a Minnesota-based law firm accusing them of sexual misconduct.

Loda awards mowing contract

LODA — The Loda Village Board voted unanimously to hire It’s Not Just Mowing to mow village property for $425 per week from April 28 through Oct. 14.

Other bidders were Biggs Lawn Care and Tim’s Lawn Care, the latter of which was awarded the contract last year for $975 per week.

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GCMS board approves 2019-20 school calendar


GIBSON CITY — Despite not having definitive approval from state officials on how to proceed with so-called “alternative learning” on snow days, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board members approved the school district’s 2019-20 calendar in substantial form Monday night.

Paxton Police Blotter (March 19, 2019)

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

PBL Area Community Food Pantry's treasurer resigns

PAXTON — The PBL Area Community Food Pantry’s board of directors held a special meeting Feb. 27 to accept the resignation of its treasurer, Gary Popel.

Popel’s resignation was accepted with deep regrets and with many thanks for his service.

Until a new treasurer is found, Nancy Taylor will serve as secretary/treasurer.

Magic/art show coming to Gibson City library in April

GIBSON CITY — There will be special Story Hour visitors throughout April at the Moyer District Library in Gibson City, ranging from animals to magicians.

Preschoolers meet for Story Hour at 10 a.m. on Mondays while students in kindergarten through fifth grade meet after school on Mondays.

Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau offers scholarship for high school seniors

GILMAN — Graduating high school seniors planning to continue their education in the field of agriculture may apply for a scholarship to be awarded by the Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau Foundation.

Applications are available at the Farm Bureau’s office in Gilman and through high school counselors and FFA chapter advisors.

Bridget McMullin named PBL High School's student of month

PAXTON — Bridget McMullin of Loda has been named student of the month for March at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.

A daughter of Kelly and Jen McMullin, the senior student was nominated for the award by her math teacher, Sheila Pickens.

Quadrennial reassessment getting under way in Ford County

PAXTON — When Ford County residents see their multi-township assessor or an official with the supervisor of assessments office taking out a camera or a tape measure on their properties this year, it does not mean their real estate taxes will necessarily be rising.

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