PBL proceeding with plans to replace show choir with spring musicals

By WILL BRUMLEVEwill@fordcountychronicle.com PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district is moving forward with plans to eliminate the show choir program at both the junior high and high schools and replace it with annual school musicals. The two schools’ new chorus director, Christopher Lerch, provided the school board Wednesday with an updated written proposal to replace show choir at both schools […]

Photo gallery: GCMS volleyball vs. Eureka

The GCMS varsity and junior varsity teams each lost in two sets to Eureka on Thursday. Here are some sights …

Rantoul/PBL boys golf places second in triangular meet

RANTOUL – The Rantoul/PBL boys golf team finished second in a triangular meet on Thursday. The Eagles shot a 161 while Mahomet-Seymour shot a 151 and St. Thomas More shot a 175. Mason Uden finished third individually with a score of 38 while Ross Gawenda finished fourth with a score of 39 and Ethan Donaldson tied for fifth with a […]

GCMS volleyball loses 25-12, 25-13 to Eureka

GIBSON CITY – The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley varsity volleyball team lost 25-12, 25-13 to Eureka on Thursday. “I think we had higher hopes tonight. We were setting our sights a little higher on the outcome,” GCMS head coach Crystal Richard said. “Unfortunately, we just didn’t get there.” The Falcons (2-11, 1-5 Heart of Illinois Conference) tied the first set at 2-2 […]

Cissna Park/Christ Lutheran volleyball wins in two sets over BHRA

CISSNA PARK – The Cissna Park/Christ Lutheran volleyball team won 25-20, 25-19 over Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin on Thursday. Brooklyn Stadeli had four aces and nine digs for CP/CL (9-0, 3-0 Vermilion Valley Conference) while Addison Lucht had seven kills, Mikayla Knake had 16 assists. Cissna Park def. Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin 25-20, 25-19 At Cissna Park For Cissna Park (9-0, 3-0), aces: Brooklyn Stadeli 4; […]

PBL volleyball wins in three sets over Prairie Central

FAIRBURY – The Paxton-Buckley-Loda varsity volleyball team won 25-22, 19-25, 25-19 over Prairie Central on Thursday. Bailey Bruns had 13 kills, three assists, one block and seven digs for PBL (6-3, 1-1 Illini Prairie Conference) while Araya Stack had 14 assists, 11 digs and one ace, Aubrey Busboom had five assists, two digs and one block. Trixie Johnson had 19 […]

Photo gallery: PBL freshman football vs. Pontiac

The PBL freshman football team moved to 4-0 with a 58-14 win over Pontiac on Thursday. Here are some sights (all photos provided) …

Photo gallery: GCMS tennis vs. Urbana

PBL freshman football wins 58-14 over Pontiac

PAXTON – The Paxton-Buckley-Loda freshman football team won 58-14 over Pontiac on Thursday. Cael Bruns ran for a 32-yard touchdown to start the scoring. After Pontiac took an 8-6 lead with a 40-yard touchdown pass, Kayden Vance connected with Jack Wesslund for a 13-yard touchdown and with Tyler Cole for the two-point conversion to reclaim the lead at 14-8. Vance […]

Manhunt in Gilman ends with arrest of sexual assault suspect

By WILL BRUMLEVEwill@fordcountychronicle.com GILMAN — The search for a Michigan man who allegedly sexually assaulted a girl on an Amtrak train on Wednesday morning ended Thursday night — 36 hours after it began — when authorities apprehended him in Gilman. Sgt. Eric Starkey of the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office announced around 11 p.m. Thursday that Joel T. Smith, 33, was […]