Will Brumleve

Will Brumleve

Ford County Planning Commission engulfed by winds of indecison

PAXTON — The disagreement over how close wind turbines should be allowed to homes in rural areas of Ford County was apparent by the attire worn by some people in the audience of the Ford County Planning Commission meeting.

"Wind works for Ford County," read the blue shirts worn by some in the packed second-floor courtroom at the Ford County Courthouse.

Former Fisher principal savors chance to fill in at the helm of elementary school

PAXTON — Being brought out of retirement may mean fewer walks on the trails of Mahomet's Lake of the Woods and fewer lunches with his friends, but Tom Shallenberger would have it no other way.

'I just decided I'm not going to accept it'

GIBSON CITY — After being diagnosed in June with Stage 4 colon cancer, Tony Row began to grow angry at the world.

Not even a year earlier, the nine-year veteran of the Gibson City Police Department had seen his beloved colleague, Police Chief Eric Hyatt, lose his 6 1/2-year fight with the same disease.

"It just sucks. There's no other way to describe it," Row said.

Ford County sheriff details uses for revenue from proposed tax increase

PAXTON — If the Ford County Board ends up establishing a quarter-cent sales tax to help fund public-safety expenses, Sheriff Mark Doran said the additional revenue would help his office maintain its aging fleet of squad vehicles, hire an additional dispatcher and stay within budget on costs such as employee overtime pay and inmate meals.

Danforth man dies in single-vehicle crash

DANFORTH — A Danforth man died Tuesday in a one-vehicle accident about five miles east of Danforth in Iroquois County.

UPDATE: No one struck by lightning in Paxton

New Tuesday:  

The manager of Monical’s Pizza in Paxton is clarifying what he termed inaccurate media reports stating that someone was struck by lightning outside his restaurant during Monday night’s storms.

Ford County vote will establish wind's position

PAXTON — The Ford County Board's zoning committee has called a meeting for this week to finalize proposed changes to the county's ordinance regulating wind farms.

Committee Chairman Dave Hastings has scheduled the public meeting for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the courthouse in Paxton.

Records show illegal fires in Paxton most likely result in warnings

PAXTON — Residents who ignore the city's recently implemented leaf-burning ban can face fines ranging from $50 to $200, but they likely would get a verbal warning first.

In the recent past, illegal fires in Paxton rarely have led to legal action being taken, according to an analysis of data obtained from the Paxton Police Department through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Feds' Ford County terrorism probe shifts to email account

URBANA — Federal authorities gained permission from a judge to search an email account believed to be used by the leader of a Ford County militia group linked to acts of terrorism, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Urbana.

This year's Loda tractor pull will honor late cofounder Starkey

LODA — It was over a couple of cold beverages that longtime friends Danny Starkey and Dwain Weber decided to start a truck and tractor pull in conjunction with the annual Loda Good Ole Days celebration.

The two Loda men had been competing in such events around the area, and they thought it would make a nice addition to the three-day festival.