Will Brumleve

Will Brumleve

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.

Former Paxton Community Hospital to be torn down in 2019

PAXTON — An old hospital building in Paxton that was once eyed for redevelopment as a community health clinic is slated to be torn down sometime next year.

State EPA officials blame Lake Iroquois fish kill on 'lake turnover'

LAKE IROQUOIS — Illinois Environmental Protection Agency field staff believe naturally occurring "lake turnover" was to blame for thousands of fish dying at Lake Iroquois on a recent weekend, an agency spokesman said.

Testing of water samples from the lake near Loda detected "very low" levels of the herbicide atrazine, but otherwise came up clean, said IEPA spokeswoman Kim Biggs.

UPDATE: Unknown who drove car in crash that killed Loda woman in Ford County

URBANA — Ford County authorities are still trying to determine who was driving a car Wednesday that apparently ran a stop sign, resulting in a collision that killed one of its occupants.

Theory on massive fish kill at Lake Iroquois: 'Lake turnover'

LAKE IROQUOIS — If there was a silver lining to last weekend's massive fish kill at Lake Iroquois near Loda, it was that the 80-acre lake had not yet been stocked with new fish this year.

Thousands of fish were found dead Sunday morning — everything from carp to bass to catfish to walleye to crappies to blue gill.

Paxton council approves settlement of lawsuit filed by former police chief

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council has approved a settlement agreement to resolve a lawsuit brought against the city by former police Chief Bob Bane.

For 2018 Ford County Fair Queen, 'the timing was just right'

MELVIN — Kaiti Zbinden did her best to hide her nervousness when she took the stage in the dance building at the Ford County fairgrounds in Melvin for her first pageant since she was a young girl.

"I was extremely nervous," the 19-year-old Gibson City woman said. "I was shaking."

Ford County drug-court graduate 'outperformed all expectations'

PAXTON — Prior to a hearing in April 2017, Frankie Ward was sitting in Judge Matt Fitton's Ford County courtroom, laughing and joking with a person next to her.

State's Attorney Andrew Killian noticed. He was "a little annoyed" by Ward's behavior, he admitted, since he was about to ask that Fitton revoke the Gibson City woman's bond and put her in jail for violating her probation.

Aspiring chemist's enthusiasm lit a fire ... on his arms

PAXTON — In hindsight, Adam McMullin's chemistry experiment last summer was "really dumb," he admitted.

"I wouldn't recommend anyone do it," the 18-year-old Bayles Lake resident said, "because it was really dangerous."