Ford County

Elliott’s cafe now open again, featuring some evening hours

ELLIOTT — A new family group has re-opened the cafe on Main Street in Elliott, and they held a grand opening Wednesday.

Old Paxton building's second floor sees new life

PAXTON — Of the 40 or so people who toured the newly renovated second floor of Ford County’s oldest commercial building on Thursday, not one of them had to duck when walking up the stairs leading to it.

The removal of a low-lying wooden beam that made navigating the stairs a bit tricky in the past was one of the first improvements they must have noticed.

No place like home for PBL High grad in Navy

PAXTON — After living and working aboard a U.S. Navy ship for more than a year, Josiah Martin returned home — although only briefly — for what he termed a “belated” Christmas break.

Free summer concerts at Pells Park in Paxton come to an end

PAXTON — The annual series of summer concerts in the pavilion at Paxton’s Pells Park has come to an end — at least for now.

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Jan. 16, 2019)

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

• Branden P. Mullis, 23, of Paxton, for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Civil law violations
• Alexander M. Dorche, 54, of Paxton, for possession of 10 or fewer grams of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Facade grants to be given to businesses only for projects yet to be started


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members approved an ordinance change Monday night that limits the city’s facade grant program to helping fund projects that have not yet been started.

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.

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