Cops to continue probe into Elliott man's death after coroner's jury rules it a homicide

PAXTON — Ford County authorities will continue to investigate last May’s death of an Elliott man after a coroner’s jury ruled it was a homicide Wednesday night.

“We have people to talk to and more work to be done,” Sheriff Mark Doran said following the verdict.

$32 surcharge to be added to Elliott residents' water bills

ELLIOTT — Elliott Village Board members unanimously approved adding a $32 surcharge to residents’ bimonthly water bills Tuesday night to help finance the repayment of a $205,000 bond that was obtained to cover costs of repainting the town’s water tower.

Inquest scheduled in death of Elliott man

PAXTON — An inquest will be held in February for a coroner's jury to rule on the cause and manner of death of an Elliott man who was found dead inside his home following a fire there last May.

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.

Wind-farm developers: 'We will go elsewhere' if rules too restrictive

PAXTON — The developers of three proposed wind farms in Ford County warned the county board Tuesday that they may not be able to proceed with construction under even the least restrictive of proposed regulations being considered by the board.

Some areas of Ford County saw larger voter turnouts on Nov. 6

PAXTON — While the voter turnout in the Nov. 6 general election was 57.5 percent in Ford County, it was much higher in certain areas of the county.

Authorities continue to probe Elliott man's death

ELLIOTT — Authorities continue to investigate the death of an Elliott man who was found dead inside his home following a fire there last month.

Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran was tight-lipped about the ongoing investigation Monday, declining to say whether foul play was suspected.

Cause of death remains undetermined for Elliott man

URBANA — Following an autopsy Wednesday morning, the cause of death remained undetermined for an Elliott man who was found dead following a fire in his home.

Ford County Coroner Rick Flessner said that Dr. Shiping Bao, after conducting the autopsy at the Champaign County morgue, listed no preliminary opinion in his autopsy report for the cause of 34-year-old Jeremy C. Turner’s death.

Elliott man perishes in house fire

ELLIOTT — An Elliott man was found dead in his home after firefighters from four agencies responded to a fire there Tuesday morning.

Elliott Fire Chief Bill Smith said his agency responded to a report of a fire at a home at 203 N. Maple St. around 10:20 a.m.

Upon arrival, Smith said, there were flames and smoke coming from the home.

Bluefish Cafe going mobile


ELLIOTT — Regular diners might have noticed that the Bluefish Cafe in Elliott has been closed much of the last couple weeks. They might have also heard rumors that the longtime Elliott gathering spot is going out of business.

Not so, according to owner Angie Rouley.

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