Ford County

$250,000 donation made to PBL Education Foundation's endowment fund

PAXTON — In early November, Robin Niewold and Carl Hudson Jr. had lunch with a donor interested in contributing to the PBL Education Foundation’s endowment fund supporting the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district.

Niewold had been contacted the month prior by the donor’s financial representative, who was asking for information about the endowment fund.

Ameren's electric-supply price lower than Paxton's aggregation rate

PAXTON — Paxton residents are being reminded that Ameren Illinois’ electric-supply price is currently 1.3 cents per kilowatt-hour, less than the city’s electric-aggregation rate of 6.285 cents.

Fire chief wants to put huge American flag by Interstate 57 in Paxton

PAXTON — Paxton’s fire chief wants to put a huge American flag atop a 150-foot-tall flagpole near the exit for the city on Interstate 57 — not only as a way to support the nation and its veterans but also to make his small city in Ford County stand out to travelers on one of the nation’s busiest highways.

Accolade closes Paxton nursing home, buys another

PAXTON — Accolade Healthcare has shut down one of its nursing homes in Paxton but purchased another, making the company the sole provider of long-term care in the Ford County seat.

Accolade Healthcare owner Moe Freedman said his firm closed Accolade Healthcare of Paxton, located at 1240 N. Market St., effective Nov. 1.

PBL board to vote on proposed tax levy

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to approve a proposed property tax levy for 2018 during its meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the board room at the unit office in Paxton.

Boiler replacement eyed at Ford County Jail

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Building Commission is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to accept a bid from a contractor for the replacement of at least one boiler at the Ford County Jail.

Both of the jail’s two boilers are original to the 25-year-old facility, and both of them still work, Sheriff Mark Doran said.

Roberts library's 5,000-plus books to be given away next spring

ROBERTS — The 5,000-plus books that remain at the shuttered Roberts Public Library are expected to be given away on a first-come, first-served basis next spring.

The village board discussed how to dispose of the collection during its Nov. 5 meeting, when it was suggested that an open house/liquidation event be held.

Ford County eyeing only slight deficit in upcoming fiscal year

PAXTON — Ford County’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year is expected to finish with only a slight deficit thanks to careful spending and projected increases in revenue from the boarding of federal prisoners at the county jail, dispatching contracts with municipalities and the collection of fees by the circuit clerk’s office and state’s attorney’s office.

Entries sought for Paxton's Christmas parade

PAXTON — PRIDE in Paxton’s Christmas Parade is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, in downtown Paxton.

“We are inviting all members of our armed forces, businesses, marching units, bands, Christian and civic units, floats, antique vehicles, new cars, farm machinery, individuals and families to enter and participate in this year’s parade,” a news release from PRIDE said.

Auction set for Nov. 15 for leasing of county-owned farms

PAXTON — A public auction will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Ford County Courthouse in Paxton for the leasing of county-owned farmland.

Bids will be accepted for the leasing of three farms owned by Ford County:

— The 103.4-acre Ford County Nursing Home Farm, located in Patton Township.

— The 149.1-acre Bowen/Grider Farm located in Button Township.

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