Will Brumleve

Will Brumleve

Abused cat brought to Paxton clinic has recovered, found new home

PAXTON — A young male cat brought into the Paxton Veterinary Clinic about two months ago with signed hair and a swollen face has completed treatment and found a loving new home, where he's made friends with other pets.

Elliott man dead after house fire

ELLIOTT — An Elliott man was found dead in his home after firefighters from four agencies responded to a fire there Tuesday morning.

Elliott Fire Chief Bill Smith said his agency responded to a report of a fire at a home at 203 N. Maple St. around 10:20 a.m. Upon arrival, Smith said, there were flames and smoke coming from the home.

In Ford County, deer are plentiful, road signs about them are not

PAXTON — Wary drivers who regularly travel Illinois 9 in Ford County probably already know the danger that exists just west of the intersection with Illinois 115.

It's where a bridge carries traffic over the Big Four drainage ditch. There's a wooded area to the north, with cornfields surrounding it.

Gibson City man accused of dealing pot suddenly pleads guilty mid-trial

PAXTON — A Gibson City man's trial was cut short after he unexpectedly entered a plea of guilty to the charge of unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver during Ford County State's Attorney Andrew Killian's presentation of evidence.

GCMS student killed in collision

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley community is mourning the loss of a GCMS High School junior who was killed in a two-vehicle collision early Saturday morning.

Residents of tiny Clarence seeking answers in wake of terrorism charges

CLARENCE — Surrounded by corn fields and wind turbines, the unincorporated community of Clarence is normally a quiet place.

Clarence terrorism suspect's next-door neighbors living in fear

CLARENCE — Hope O'Neill's three children — ages 11, 8 and 7 — still insist on sleeping together in the same room these days.

Latest twists in Hari case: Feds, UI bomb squad pay visit

Two weeks after picking up bombing suspect Michael Hari on his way to a court appearance, federal agents were back in Ford County on Monday, presumably to collect evidence related to the case.

Agents blocked off a road leading to Hari's home in Clarence, where the University of Illinois bomb squad was also on-site.

UPDATE: Ford County bombing suspects waive right to hearing

URBANA — Three of the four Ford County men arrested last week for possession of a machine gun appeared Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Urbana to waive their right to a preliminary hearing.

Michael Hari, 47, Michael McWhorter, 29, and Ellis Mack, 18, all of Clarence, each waived their preliminary hearing, which the fourth, Joe Morris, 22, had already done.

Cat showing signs of 'horrible' abuse dropped off at Paxton clinic

PAXTON — Shaking, with its hair singed and face swollen, the cat brought into the Paxton Veterinary Clinic this week left June Bane aghast.

At first, she thought somebody had perhaps shaved its hair. But after a closer look, it became apparent that the cat had been burned.