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Longmire, Salyards to receive GCMS's Distinguished Alumni Award

GIBSON CITY — Conrad Longmire, a former theoretical physicist who graduated from Sibley High School in 1939, and Mark Salyards, a former chief master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force who graduated from Gibson City High School in 1982, are set to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district.


Details emerge in case vs. parents accused of breaking infant's thighbone

PAXTON — New details emerged during Tuesday’s preliminary hearing for two Paxton residents accused of fracturing the thighbone of their 3-month-old daughter during an October incident.


Gibson City man faces lengthy prison term for sexually assaulting girl

PAXTON — A 43-year-old Gibson City man convicted last week of sexually assaulting a girl under age 13 will be required to serve at least 16 years in prison when sentenced next month.


Ford County Board to meet twice in one-week span to discuss wind farms

PAXTON — Ford County Board members will meet on the next two Thursdays to continue their work on revising the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms.


PBL declines to move forward on solar-energy project

PAXTON — After months of discussion and negotiations, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board decided not to pursue a company’s proposal to put solar panels on PBL’s schools.


Loda resident's cash payment to village mysteriously missing

LODA — A Loda resident whose water-bill payment mysteriously came up missing after he left cash in an envelope in the dropbox at Village Hall will not be required to pay the bill.

However, the resident — Luis Lopez — was warned, along with the rest of the public, that the village will require payment in the future if such an incident were to happen again.


Paxton eyes giving incentives for building on vacant lots

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council discussed some ideas during its meeting last Tuesday for providing incentives for people to build homes on vacant lots in town.

The discussion will continue at a future meeting and may include enrolling in a tax-credit program run through the Internal Revenue Service.


Paxton Police Blotter (Jan. 14, 2019)

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


Gibson City seeks more businesses to provide incentives to first-time homebuyers

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce is in search of more businesses to provide items to be given to the buyers of new homes in Gibson City as part of the chamber’s First-Time Home Buyers Incentive Program.


Ford County set to hire two more employees

PAXTON — The Ford County Board is expected Monday night to authorize the county’s public health department and treasurer’s office to hire new employees.

On Thursday morning, the board’s finance committee voted 4-0 to recommend the full board approve a resolution authorizing the public health department to fill a soon-to-be-vacant full-time nursing position.


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