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GCMS football: 'It's all people want to talk about right now'

GIBSON CITY — No matter where one goes in Gibson City these days, the hot topic of discussion is the local high school football team.


Loda won't reimburse Weber Fertilizer for tile repairs

LODA — Loda Village Board members voted 5-1 last Wednesday, with Trustee Cathy Tittle in dissent, to not reimburse Weber Fertilizer for repairing a drainage tile by the business.


Chronic absenteeism among PBL's students to be addressed

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district is working to address concerning data revealed in the most recent Illinois School Report Card that showed chronic absenteeism among its students is above the state average.


Race taking shape for Gibson City Council seat in April election

GIBSON CITY — Some Gibson City residents may have a choice for their representative on the city council in next April’s election.

As of Thursday, two people had picked up the required paperwork from Gibson City Hall to become candidates for one available four-year term on the city council representing Ward 2.


Paxton Park District won't issue bonds for 2019 fiscal year

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District’s board of commissioners declined to issue a general obligation bond for the 2019 fiscal year during Tuesday’s monthly meeting.


Popular animated light display in Paxton taking a 'Christmas vacation' in 2018

PAXTON — Victor Johnson’s popular animated Christmas light display on West Patton Street in Paxton is taking a holiday vacation, of sorts.


Superintendent's $152,798 salary remains highest in PBL district

PAXTON — The salaries to be paid this school year to the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s administrators and unit office support staff were approved by the school board Wednesday night, with Superintendent Cliff McClure’s salary remaining the highest.


Paxton to send $1.1M check to state but expects to get money back

PAXTON — The city of Paxton will be sending a $1.1 million check to the state of Illinois, but it expects to eventually get all of that money back.

Via an 8-0 vote, the city council approved a resolution Tuesday to close Paxton’s revolving-loan fund and send the account’s remaining balance of $1,135,960 to the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO).


Ford County farms to be leased for nearly $10,000 more per year than currently

PAXTON — Farmland owned by Ford County will be leased for the next two years for nearly $10,000 more per year than it had been.

At a public auction Thursday, cash-rent leases for the county’s three farms were awarded to Onarga resident Dave Ebert for a total of $82,976 per year — an increase of $9,635 from the amount the farms went for two years earlier.


Paxton school to be back in session Thursday after water-main leak fixed

PAXTON — Classes will be back in session Thursday at Clara Peterson Elementary School in Paxton, after repairs were made to a leaking water main that forced the closure of the school Wednesday.


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