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Contested races emerge in Ford County on Day 1 of filing period for March primary


PAXTON — On the first day candidates could file their paperwork to be listed on the March 19 primary election ballot, contested races were already taking shape in Ford County. Day 1 of the filing period came to a close Monday with contests lined up for the position of Ford County circuit clerk and seats in Districts 1 and 2 […]

‘Amusement tax’ eyed on ticket sales for concerts at The Cadillac


PAXTON — Paxton aldermen agreed Monday night to meet again sometime after the Thanksgiving holiday to further discuss a proposed 3% “amusement tax” that would be added to the price of admission to concerts and other so-called for-profit “amusements” hosted at local venues like The Cadillac. The proposed tax, which is expected to be up for approval at either December […]

St. John’s girls basketball claims regional title with 21-20 win over St. Matthew

BUCKLEY – For the first time since the 2000’s, the Buckley St. John’s girls basketball team won a regional championship. St. John’s earned the regional title with a 21-20 win over Champaign St. Matthew. “It feels awesome to win. It’s been a little bit of a drought here over the years, and it’s good to finally get a regional championship […]

GCMS girls basketball claims tournament title with win over Tri-Valley

GIBSON CITY – Just one week into the 2023-24 season, the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley varsity girls basketball team already entered new territory. With a 58-47 victory over Tri-Valley on Friday, the Falcons claimed the Lady Falcon & Bunnie Tip-Off Classic. “I told the girls it’s been a while for GCMS girls to win a championship in something,” GCMS head coach Ross […]

Market Street Grill here to provide ‘a great experience and a great meal’


PAXTON — As general manager of the newly opened Market Street Grill in downtown Paxton, Ryan Galey takes a lot of pride in providing excellent food and service to his clientele, with the goal that doing so will bring people back again and again. Having spent the bulk of his adult life working in food service management, the 53-year-old Galey […]

Gibson City native tells tale of family’s 1867 immigration to Ford County

GIBSON CITY — Tom Dueringer of Smyrna, Tenn., formerly of the Gibson City area, presented the Ford County Historical Society with a gift on behalf of the Dueringer family — an 1860 version of a map of Illinois — during its Nov. 16 meeting at the Moyer District Library in Gibson City. Dueringer presented the gift to the group after […]

1% sales tax to benefit Ford County schools may be put before voters


PAXTON — Ford County’s three public school districts are considering the possibility of asking voters next year to authorize the establishment of a 1% countywide sales tax that would be used to maintain and improve school facilities. Initial discussions about pursuing a referendum for a 1% county school facility tax — possibly in March’s primary or November’s general election — […]

Cissna Park volleyball finishes fourth in state after loss to St. Anthony

NORMAL – The Cissna Park High School volleyball team concluded its most successful season since 2015 on Saturday. Though it ended with a 25-15, 23-25, 25-23 loss to Effingham St. Anthony in the third-place match, it also ended with a IHSA Class 1A fourth-place finish for the Timberwolves. As Cissna Park head coach Josh Landon said at a reception at […]

‘WE SALUTE YOU!’: Tim Hess reflects on 25 years as PBL’s band director


PAXTON — About midway through Friday morning’s Veterans Day observance at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, Tim Hess took a moment to reflect on the past 25 years as the school’s band director and to thank his fellow veterans, community leaders and especially his students for making him proud to call Paxton his “patriotic hometown.” Perhaps no other person in the gymnasium […]

Paxton Progress chosen as name of community-planning group


PAXTON — Paxton Progress is the new name of the community-planning group participating in the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs’ MAPPING the Future of Your Community program. Via online voting that concluded Wednesday, Nov. 8, the group selected its name from among four finalists, with Paxton Progress receiving 45 percent of the vote compared with 30 percent for Progress in […]


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