Will Brumleve

Will Brumleve

Gibson City man convicted of sexually assaulting preteen girl

PAXTON — A 43-year-old Gibson City man convicted last week of sexually assaulting a girl under age 13 will be required to serve at least 16 years in prison when sentenced next month.

UPDATE: Paxton's Little Chef Diner closes after less than a year in operation

PAXTON — Open less than a year, the Little Chef Diner in Paxton has closed its doors permanently, leaving the building that once housed a Pizza Hut vacant yet again.

It was the second diner to occupy the red-roofed building at 560 John St. east of Interstate 57 since the Pizza Hut closed Dec. 31, 2016.

Melvin man charged with aggravated battery in stabbing

PAXTON — A Melvin man who allegedly stabbed another man in his chest and back during a fight last month has been charged with five felony counts of aggravated battery.

Ford County State's Attorney Andrew Killian filed the Class 3 felony charges Friday against Toby Wayne Price, 45, who listed an address in the 200 block of Green Street.

Confrontation over reckless driving led to alleged stabbing in Melvin

MELVIN — A Melvin man remained Monday at the Ford County Jail after he allegedly stabbed another man in his chest and back during a fight Saturday night.

No bond had been set yet for Toby Wayne Price, 45, who was arrested on charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault and reckless conduct, according to Ford County Sheriff's Lt. Pat Duffy.

Ford County officers hand out 56 free Christmas meals to those in need

PAXTON — When Ford County sheriff's Deputy Dave Kaeding visits homes each year to deliver to families a free Christmas meal, sometimes they don't answer the door.

"Some families are pretty proud, and they won't answer the door, but we know they will need it (so we leave it on their doorstep), and they'll come get it when we leave," Kaeding said.

Ford County Board postpones special meeting on wind-farm ordinance

PAXTON — The Ford County Board canceled a special meeting scheduled for Thursday night to discuss proposed changes to the county's wind-farm ordinance.

Board Chairman Bob Lindgren of rural Loda released a statement just hours before the meeting was to occur at the courthouse in Paxton stating that the board would reschedule the meeting in January.

A Paxton mystery: What caused explosion-like noise Saturday night?

PAXTON — It remained unknown Sunday morning what caused a mysterious, explosion-like noise that rattled the win

Ford County Republicans swapping Lincoln Day Dinner for 'Mega Town Hall'

PAXTON — Instead of its annual Lincoln Day Dinner, Ford County's Republican party plans to hold what it is calling a "Mega Town Hall" event in 2019.

Paxton's huge flag likely to be installed on PBL district property

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members directed Superintendent Cliff McClure to work with Fire Chief Denny Kingren to find a suitable location on school district property for the placement of a 150-foot pole that would fly a gigantic American flag.

Ford County man gets 140 years for sexually exploiting 3 children in 2014

URBANA — A 78-year-old man from northern Ford County has been ordered to serve consecutive sentences that total 140 years in prison for the sexual exploitation of three children in 2014.