Gibson City

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.

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.

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.

Ford County tentative multiplier announced

SPRINGFIELD — Ford County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1, according to David Harris, director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.

State Rep. Bennett out of hospital

GIBSON CITY — State Rep. Tom Bennett is resting at home after a fiery crash on March 7.

The Gibson City Republican, as expected, left a Bloomington hospital this week. He said he is working from home and his recovery will take a few weeks.

In the meantime, Bennett’s district offices will stay open to help residents.

Alliance Grain Co. acquires Herscher Grain Co.

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-based Alliance Grain Co. has acquired Herscher Grain Co.

The transaction was effective Feb. 26.

The Herscher facility, with five full-time employees, has about 1.7 million bushels of grain capacity with access to the Canadian National rail market.

Panel formed to explore options for new Gibson City pool


GIBSON CITY — For 98 years, Gibson City has had a swimming pool at the southeast corner of Lott Boulevard and 14th Street.

Child molester from Gibson City gets 35 years in prison

PAXTON — Before sentencing Ryan Todd Schoolcraft to 35 years in prison Monday for repeatedly sexually molesting a girl beginning when she was 11 years old, a Ford County judge heard testimony and evidence alleging the 43-year-old Gibson City man had previously had inappropriate sexual contact with at least three other girls, including one who gave birth to his first child.

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