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The Humble Hog relocating from Paxton to Knoxville, Tenn.


PAXTON — Ben Grice fondly recalls how the people of his hometown of Paxton have supported him through the years — from the time he opened two restaurants in the city’s historic downtown, to his move to Tennessee to be closer to his wife’s family and, more recently, to his yearlong recovery from COVID-19. “The doctor had me get my […]

Five Points Academy — a new day care and preschool — opens in Paxton

PAXTON — After working as a licensed home day care provider for seven years, Liz Mullett saw firsthand the need in the Paxton community for expanded child care options. Her home was full of kids, and she was not alone, either, as other local day care providers were in the same situation. Meanwhile, parents like Jonas Hoedebecke, who had to […]

Explosive devices discovered, detonated on arrestee’s property east of Gibson City


GIBSON CITY — Multiple explosive devices were discovered and detonated on a rural Gibson City man’s property following his arrest on a warrant for allegedly threatening police officers, their families and others, authorities said Monday. Ford County Sheriff Chad Johnson said the explosive and incendiary devices were discovered Saturday during a court-authorized search of a property on Illinois 9 east […]

Livingston County’s Bunting sworn in as state rep for 106th House District


GIBSON CITY — Livingston County farmer Jason Bunting was sworn in Saturday as state representative of the 106th Illinois House District, replacing Tom Bennett, who was recently appointed to fill a vacancy in the Illinois Senate. Republican party chairmen from the seven counties that comprise the 106th House District — including Ford County’s Jeff Orr — met Saturday as the […]

Paxton man guilty of holding girlfriend captive, repeatedly sexually assaulting her

PAXTON — A Paxton man who kept his girlfriend in their home against her will and repeatedly beat and sexually assaulted her over Labor Day weekend last year was convicted of one count of criminal sexual assault, two counts of aggravated domestic battery and one count of unlawful restraint on Monday, Jan. 30, following a five-day jury trial in Ford […]

Illinois State Senator Tom Bennett: COVID-19 Disaster Declarations to End May 11

Gov. JB Pritzker announced this week that he will be ending his continued COVID-19 disaster declarations on May 11, 2023. This announcement coincides with the decision by the White House to end the federal emergency declarations on that date.Illinois’ disaster declaration has been in place since March 9, 2020. Since then, the Governor has issued the disaster declaration every 30 […]

Ford County Chronicle’s new office officially open


PAXTON — The Ford County Chronicle officially opened its new office this week on the second floor of the 138-year-old Commandery Building in historical downtown Paxton. While there is still some interior decorating to do, including hanging up a couple of dozen Illinois Press Association award plaques, and moving in a few additional items such as a mini fridge, microwave […]

House Bill 4412 to ‘tie the hands’ of counties in siting wind, solar facilities


PAXTON — The Ford County Board’s vice chairman, Cindy Ihrke of rural Roberts, said that House Bill 4412, signed into law by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday, is “definitely going to tie the hands” of county boards when it comes to the siting of commercial wind- or solar-energy projects. While Ihrke said she had not yet seen the full […]

Paxton Police Blotter: Arrest made for trespassing, disorderly conduct


PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity: — Orlando A. Patan, 33, of Paxton, was arrested for criminal trespass to land and disorderly conduct on Wednesday, Jan. 25, after Paxton police responded around 8:42 p.m. to a call from a residence in the 800 block of East Patton Street seeking his removal from the […]

GCMS to add hundreds of solar panels to school rooftops


GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district is expected to spend more than $2.2 million on the installation of solar arrays atop all three of its schools this year. However, the GCMS school board’s finance committee continues to explore funding options for the project to ensure that there is zero impact on taxpayers. On Monday night, the school board […]


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