Jean Noellsch

Jean Noellsch

Coroner's jury rules death in fire a homicide

PAXTON — Ford County authorities will continue to investigate the May 2018 death of an Elliott man after a coroner's jury ruled it was a homicide.

"We have people to talk to and more work to be done," Sheriff Mark Doran said.

Paxton couple headed to trial after infant daughter's thigh fractured

PAXTON — New details emerged during Tuesday's preliminary hearing for two Paxton residents accused of fracturing the thighbone of their infant daughter in October.

$755 buys used car from Gibson City police

GIBSON CITY — A bid of $755 from Barry Schlickman was accepted for purchase of the Gibson City police department's 2003 Ford Crown Victoria sedan.

Police Chief Steve Cushman said Schlickman's bid was the only bid received. The car was a previous seizure property that the police department then used for five years, he said.


Committee to meet on fishing/rec area in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — An exploratory committee recently formed to pursue creating a fishing and recreation area at the Jordan Industrial Park's pond west of town will meet for the first time on Aug. 30 at City Hall.

Volunteers to look at fishing area at Gibson City facility

GIBSON CITY — At the suggestion of Mayor Dan Dickey, council members approved an exploratory committee to pursue creating a fishing and recreation area at the Jordan Industrial Park's pond west of town.

Gibson City lighting grant extended

GIBSON CITY — Another vote on the proposed downtown lighting project was not on the agenda for this week's meeting of the city council.

Ford County Fair adds night of music

ELLIOTT — Rather than the traditional single-night concert, Ford County Fair organizers announced this year's lineup will feature three artists performing in two concerts:

— Headliners for the June 23 main show are Frankie Ballard and Granger Smith, who fair officials describe as "two of the hottest new acts" in country music.

Gibson City OKs tax-increment sharing

GIBSON CITY — Council members unanimously approved this week two ordinances to formalize tax increment sharing agreements with the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district and the Gibson City Fire Protection District.

GCMS board approves deficit budget

GIBSON CITY — School board members unanimously approved a deficit fiscal 2014 budget, but it included nearly $370,000 more in anticipated local tax revenues than previous projections.

Gibson City approves bid for tower inspection

GIBSON CITY — Council members have taken action on a long-delayed lease termination agreement with Sprint.

The company previously removed some of its equipment from the city-owned tower adjacent to city hall but wants to pay the city $10,000 to leave behind some equipment.