Will Brumleve

Will Brumleve

Paxton's pitch: Huge American flag near I-57 exit

PAXTON — Paxton's fire chief wants to put a huge American flag atop a 150-foot flagpole near the exit for the city on Interstate 57 — not only as a way to support the nation and its veterans but also to make his small city in Ford County stand out to travelers on one of the nation's busiest highways.

Count Gibson City's mayor among those sold on solar

GIBSON CITY — The eight 300-watt solar panels installed on the east side of Dan Dickey's property at 112 E. 12th St. have saved him an estimated 20 to 30 percent on his monthly electricity bills.

In Ford County, political fliers blow in on unknown winds

ROBERTS — It remained unclear Friday who funded the mass mailing of political fliers that were sent to residents of Ford County opposing the candidacy of two women running for seats on the county board.

Attorney general sues Paxton B&B over damages for gay couple

PAXTON — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit Tuesday against a bed-and-breakfast near Paxton that failed to comply with an order issued by the Illinois Human Rights Commission, which determined the B&B discriminated against a couple based on their sexual orientation.

State, Paxton dedicate I-57 overpass in honor of victims of 1979 shootout

PAXTON — William "Bill" Caisse will always be remembered as a mentor to his younger brother, Bob.

Bob recalls how he would look up to Bill as the two participated in track-and-field at Paxton Community High School in the 1960s, and every time Bill would set a record, Bob would try to beat it.

PBL school bus driver ticketed in Oct. 11 accident

PAXTON — The driver of a Paxton-Buckley-Loda school bus that was carrying six students when it was involved in a collision with a car at a rural intersection last week has been ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Gibson City man jailed after police find pot, ammo in home

GIBSON CITY — A Gibson City man remains jailed two days after police raided his home, seizing ammunition and marijuana.

Nicholas J.C. Rodriguez, 22, was being held Friday at the Ford County Jail on $10,000 bond on preliminary charges of unlawful delivery of cannabis and possession of ammunition without a Firearm Owners Identification card.

Ford County wind-farm developer seeks extension of special-use permit

GIBSON CITY — The developers of a proposed wind farm in the Gibson City and Sibley areas in western Ford County are seeking to extend a special-use permit for the project that is due to expire next month.

Scene of infamous I-57 shootout to be memorialized

PAXTON — There are three dates that stand out in the memory of Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold and many others his age who live in the Ford County seat:

— Nov. 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

— Sept. 11, 2001, when airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks.

Blaze destroys large farm shed near Melvin; no one injured

MELVIN — A fire early Monday on a rural Melvin farm did an estimated $350,000 to $400,000 in damage, destroying a newly built shed and a combine harvester and other equipment inside of it, the village’s fire chief said.