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Will Brumleve

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.

Wind farms: Proposed Ford County rules may drive them away

PAXTON — The developers of three proposed wind farms in Ford County warned the county board this week that they may not be able to proceed with construction under even the least restrictive of proposed regulations being considered by the board.

Double dose: GCMS prepares to defend state football title today

GIBSON CITY — No matter where one goes in Gibson City these days, the hot topic of discussion is the local high school football team.

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.