Will Brumleve

Will Brumleve

Gibson City man jailed after police find pot, ammo in home

GIBSON CITY — A Gibson City man remains jailed two days after police raided his home, seizing ammunition and marijuana.

Nicholas J.C. Rodriguez, 22, was being held Friday at the Ford County Jail on $10,000 bond on preliminary charges of unlawful delivery of cannabis and possession of ammunition without a Firearm Owners Identification card.

Ford County wind-farm developer seeks extension of special-use permit

GIBSON CITY — The developers of a proposed wind farm in the Gibson City and Sibley areas in western Ford County are seeking to extend a special-use permit for the project that is due to expire next month.

Scene of infamous I-57 shootout to be memorialized

PAXTON — There are three dates that stand out in the memory of Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold and many others his age who live in the Ford County seat:

— Nov. 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

— Sept. 11, 2001, when airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks.

Blaze destroys large farm shed near Melvin; no one injured

MELVIN — A fire early Monday on a rural Melvin farm did an estimated $350,000 to $400,000 in damage, destroying a newly built shed and a combine harvester and other equipment inside of it, the village’s fire chief said.

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.