Ford County

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.

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.

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.

Exploratory committee for new Gibson City pool 'hitting the ground running'

GIBSON CITY — A committee formed last week to explore options for a new swimming pool in Gibson City is “hitting the ground running” and hopes to have a proposed design and estimated costs for the city council to consider within four to six months, Mayor Dan Dickey said.

Loan to Jay's Place to be discussed by Gibson City's CDAP committee

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s CDAP committee will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 21, at City Hall, 101 E. 8th St., to discuss a CDAP loan application submitted by Jay’s Place.

The meeting is open to the public.

The committee is comprised of Tracy Epps, Daniel Dickey, Larry Heacock, Brian Steidinger and Peg Stalter.

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