Iroquois County

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.

Loda awards mowing contract

LODA — The Loda Village Board voted unanimously to hire It’s Not Just Mowing to mow village property for $425 per week from April 28 through Oct. 14.

Other bidders were Biggs Lawn Care and Tim’s Lawn Care, the latter of which was awarded the contract last year for $975 per week.

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Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau offers scholarship for high school seniors

GILMAN — Graduating high school seniors planning to continue their education in the field of agriculture may apply for a scholarship to be awarded by the Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau Foundation.

Applications are available at the Farm Bureau’s office in Gilman and through high school counselors and FFA chapter advisors.

Buckley to seek larger loan for water-tower work

BUCKLEY — Village board members voted unanimously Monday night to approve an ordinance increasing the amount of money the village intends to borrow from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for the refurbishing of its old water tower.

According to the ordinance, instead of a $160,000 loan, the village will seek a $180,000 loan from the IEPA.

Phone scams targeting elderly in Iroquois County

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about reported phone scams targeting the elderly in the county.

Iroquois County EMA offers to review local businesses' emergency plans

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is offering to review the emergency-preparedness plans of businesses in Iroquois County.

Onarga Clinic changes its name

ONARGA — The Onarga Clinic’s name has changed to Gibson Health of Onarga.

Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services announced the name change for the clinic at 912 W. Seminary St. in Onarga in a Feb. 22 Facebook post.

A look at who's on the April 2 ballot in Ford, Iroquois counties

The county clerks of Ford and Iroquois counties have released official lists of candidates who will appear on the April 2 consolidated election ballot:


Ladies Aid society holds February meeting in Buckley

BUCKLEY — Members of the Ladies Aid society of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buckley met Feb. 7 in the church’s basement, with the following occurring:

➜ President Ruth Biggs led the common table prayer before members enjoyed a lunch served by Nikki and Corey Grohler of St. John’s Lutheran School’s PTL.

➜ In the absence of Norma Niemann, Brenda Schumacher presented the devotion.

Crusaders fall to Cornerstone Christian in scholastic bowl meet

BUCKLEY — Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley competed against Cornerstone Christian Academy of Bloomington in a scholastic bowl rematch of an earlier contest held at Cornerstone Christian Academy. 

The host CLHS Crusaders had a slow start and dropped a junior varsity-level match by six questions. However, the varsity-level match was quite competitive. 

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