Will Brumleve

Will Brumleve

Vermilion official to owner of ex-Rankin Grade School: Clean debris or face fines

RANKIN — The administrator of the Vermilion County Public Health Department said he plans to impose a deadline for the owner of the former Rankin Grade School building to remove the rubble that remains after a fire destroyed the structure Saturday.

Fire destroys school building in Rankin

RANKIN — A dilapidated grade school building in Rankin that had been targeted for cleanup by the village and Vermilion County Public Health Department was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning.

Ford County settles jail-death lawsuit

URBANA — A multimillion-dollar settlement has been reached in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought in 2013 against Ford County, its sheriff and two county jail employees for failing to provide proper medical treatment to an inmate who later was found dead in his cell.

Paxton man gets 3 years for 2016 head-on crash that killed 19-year-old woman

PAXTON — A tearful and remorseful Thomas T. Hoekstra told Ford County Circuit Judge Matt Fitton on Friday that his decision to drive drunk on a summer night three years ago still weighs heavily on his mind.

"I know I made a horrible decision," the 28-year-old rural Paxton man said.

Falcons' athlete for all seasons as skilled off field as he is on it

GIBSON CITY — Instead of spending his Friday nights with friends, Nathan Garard sometimes starts his weekends by doing his homework.

"He'll be up on a Friday night at 10 or 11 o'clock doing homework, so he doesn't have to do it later in the weekend," said his father, Chris. "He's just been super committed and driven."

And, in Nathan's own words, prioritized.

Former state police special agent convicted of disorderly conduct over 911 calls

PAXTON — A former special agent for the Illinois State Police who has had multiple run-ins with the law in recent years was convicted Tuesday of felony disorderly conduct for calling 911 and falsely reporting that someone was coming to his home to physically assault him.

Fire started by malfunctioning mower destroys garage in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — A family's two-car garage caught fire Wednesday night not long after a just-used mower was put back inside it, destroying the structure and its contents and damaging their home. No one was hurt.

Gibson Area Fire Protection District Chief Bruce Kallal estimated damages to be in the "$100,000 range."

Ford County election turnout hits 15-year low of 9.46 percent

PAXTON — Turnout in Ford County for Tuesday's consolidated election was lower than in any other in at least 15 years, with only 886 of the county's 9,366 registered voters — 9.46 percent — casting a ballot.

County Clerk Amy Frederick said the next-lowest turnout since 2005 was 14.84 percent in 2011. Data from previous years was not immediately available.

Terrorism suspect's Ford County charges dropped — for now

PAXTON — Ford County's prosecutor has dismissed charges of unlawful restraint and battery filed in 2017 against a former sheriff's deputy now awaiting trial in federal court in both Illinois and Minnesota for alleged acts of terrorism.

However, State's Attorney Andrew Killian said Thursday that "when the time is right, it is likely they will be refiled."

Costly storage-unit fire: 'We lost a lot of Paxton history'

PAXTON — A collection of antique vehicles, many of which had historical significance to the community of Paxton, went up in flames when the storage building they were in caught fire Tuesday night and again early Wednesday morning.