GCMS Middle School baseball sweeps doubleheader against Rantoul Eater

GIBSON CITY – The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Middle School baseball team swept a doubleheader against Rantoul Eater on Saturday. In game one, GCMS won 13-2 in five innings. The Falcons scored six runs in the first inning to take a 6-2 lead, including a two-RBI single by Conner Kinzinger, a go-ahead RBI base hit by Graydon Leonard, a two-RBI single by […]

PBL High School cross country teams place in top five at Saber Corn Classic

CHAMPAIGN – The Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School boys cross country team finished third in the Saber Corn Classic on Saturday. Ryder James finished first individually with a time of 16:38.3 to lead a PBL team that finished the 10-team race with a score of 77. Stanford Olympia (62) won the meet while Monticello (76) finished second. The PBL girls finished fourth […]

Fire destroys garage near Loda, pickup truck inside it

By WILL [email protected] LODA — A garage near Loda and a pickup truck inside it were destroyed by fire Monday afternoon. Loda Fire Chief Harold Ecker said 11 firefighters from Loda and Paxton responded to the garage fire at 1700 E. 700 North in Ford County around 3:30 p.m., bringing four firetrucks to the scene. The scene was cleared around […]

Historic grade school in Paxton expected to be sold soon

By WILL [email protected] PAXTON — The historic West Lawn Grade School building in Paxton is expected to be sold by the end of September to a California woman who intends to use it as her residence, the building’s owner told the Ford County Chronicle on Monday. “I think that if this lady ends up going through with it, it’s going […]

GCMS football loses 27-6 to Carlinville in season opener

By Ross BrownChronicle correspondent GIBSON CITY — Opening games for any coaches are ways they can see strengths among their athletes and also what needs improvement. The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley coaching staff will be working on improvements this week following the team’s 27-6 loss to non-conference opponent Carlinville on Saturday. After holding a 6-0 lead at halftime, the Falcons (0-1) allowed […]

Police: Alleged sexual assault of 14-year-old led to retaliatory fights, threats at PBL High School

By WILL [email protected] PAXTON — The alleged sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl over the summer led to a series of retaliatory fights at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School in recent days, along with threats made on social media and through text messages, police said. The victim of the alleged sexual assault told some of her friends about it on Friday, Aug. […]