Ford County

Old Paxton building finally renovated, ready for business

PAXTON — It has been quite some time since the historic building at 125 N. Market St. in downtown Paxton occupied a business.

“I have a lot of pictures of the first day I walked in here. It was very dark. There was no electricity in this building for a long time,” said rural Paxton resident Corey Tavenner, who bought the nearly-120-year building in June 2017.

Paxton Police Blotter (Sept. 25, 2018)

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

Custodian back to work just 6 weeks after double-knee replacement

GIBSON CITY — After having both of his knees replaced with artificial joints, Carl Welch could have taken more time to rest. The six weeks of work he missed could have been eight or 10, or even more.

Library in Roberts closed permanently

ROBERTS — The Roberts Public Library will not re-open, the village board decided at its monthly meeting on Sept. 10.

Closed since October 2016 following the discovery of rotted floor joists underneath a stage on the library’s north end, the facility at 108 E. Green St. in downtown Roberts needed about $5,000 in repairs to re-open.

Terrorism suspect appears in Paxton courtroom on unrelated charges

PAXTON — A former Ford County sheriff’s deputy who is awaiting trial in federal court for alleged acts of terrorism appeared Tuesday in Ford County Circuit Court on unrelated criminal charges.

Tolley hired as Paxton Area Chamber director

PAXTON — The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce has hired Ashley Tolley as its new executive director.

Tolley replaces Madison Duden, who recently graduated from Eastern Illinois University and accepted a job at Busey Bank.

Tolley is a 2004 graduate of Blue Ridge High School in Farmer City. She is married to Landon Tolley and has two children — Morgan, 8, and Warren, 3.

Jordan Giese named PBL High School's student of month

PAXTON — Jordan Giese of Loda has been named Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s student of the month for September.

The senior was nominated for the award by his chemistry and physics teacher, Dave Shellhamer. In Shellhamer’s nomination letter, he wrote:

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Sept. 19, 2018)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court:

• Deborah L. Tafoya, 64, of Champaign, for aggravated driving under the influence and driving on a revoked/suspended driver’s license.
• Mary W. Heflin, 60, of Chicago, for unauthorized possession of a prescription form.

GCMS faculty to receive course tuition reimbursements


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district faculty will receive tuition reimbursements for administrative classes in addition to classes taken within the person’s curricular area.

Audit shows no major problems with PBL school district’s finances


PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members learned last Wednesday that the school district’s audit showed no major problems.

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