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  1. Paxton group has plans for restoring former sheriff residence and jailRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 11, 2013 | The News-Gazette

    Sitting vacant and deteriorating for years, the historic former Ford County sheriff's residence and jail on the courthouse square is expected to be restored and put to use, now that it has a new owner. "It's good to get it passed on to somebody that hopefully will find a good use for it," Ford County Board Chairman Rick Bowen said after the board voted 9-2 this week to sell the aging complex to the nonprofit Paxton Foundation.

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  2. Updated: winter storm warning issued for East Central IllinoisRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Feb 20 | The News-Gazette

    New 2:56 p.m. Friday: A winter storm warning has been issued for all of East Central Illinois except Ford and Iroquois counties from 6 p.m.Friday until 6 p.m. Saturday. Ford and Iroquois counties are under a winter weather advisory from midnight to 6 p.m. Saturday.

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  3. Ford school districts serve more with special needsRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Feb 18 | The News-Gazette

    The number of students with special needs in Ford County's two largest school districts is growing, and so is the severity of their disabilities, said Rick Brackmann, director of the Ford County Special Education Cooperative. Brackmann presented the cooperative's quarterly report to the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board, showing that PBL had 213 special-needs students in 2014-15, its highest number in five years.

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  4. Paxton group has plans for restoring former sheriff residence and jailRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 11, 2013 | The News-Gazette

    Sitting vacant and deteriorating for years, the historic former Ford County sheriff's residence and jail on the courthouse square is expected to be restored and put to use, now that it has a new owner. "It's good to get it passed on to somebody that hopefully will find a good use for it," Ford County Board Chairman Rick Bowen said after the board voted 9-2 this week to sell the aging complex to the nonprofit Paxton Foundation.

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  5. Paxton takes aim at bedbugs in rental propertyRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Feb 17 | The News-Gazette

    ... in Paxton requiring landlords to address bedbug infestations. There is also no state law on the books, and both Ford County and the Ford County Public Health Department have no jurisdiction over the bedbug issue. If approved, the proposed ordinance ...

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  6. Bowen to leave Ford board in MarchRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Feb 14 | The News-Gazette

    Two months after stepping aside as chairman of the Ford County Board, Rick Bowen made his intentions known that he'd be resigning from the board entirely in March. "I've enjoyed working with all of you," the 48-year-old Elliott resident told board members before handing his letter of resignation to Chairman Randy Berger this week.

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  7. Gibson City seeks to end dispute with ethanol plantRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Feb 13 | The News-Gazette

    The Gibson City Council approved a resolution that seeks to put an end to a local ethanol plant's long-disputed assessed value. Last month, One Earth Energy was denied a reduction in its assessed value by the Ford County Board of Review for the sixth time since 2009.

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  8. Ford panel backs drug tests for county job applicantsRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Feb 13 | The News-Gazette

    People who apply for any job in Ford County government will be drug-tested prior to being hired, a county board panel agreed Thursday. The insurance and personnel committee recommended the full board approve the measure during its March 9 meeting after concerns were raised in an audit of the county's human resources practices.

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  9. Paxton to pay for recycling eventRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Feb 11 | The News-Gazette

    The city council voted to pay for an upcoming electronics recycling event that will benefit all of Ford County. The council agreed to spend $500 to cover the cost for COM2 Recycling Solutions to gather and haul away what is collected.

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  10. Paxton group has plans for restoring former sheriff residence and jailRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 11, 2013 | The News-Gazette

    Sitting vacant and deteriorating for years, the historic former Ford County sheriff's residence and jail on the courthouse square is expected to be restored and put to use, now that it has a new owner. "It's good to get it passed on to somebody that hopefully will find a good use for it," Ford County Board Chairman Rick Bowen said after the board voted 9-2 this week to sell the aging complex to the nonprofit Paxton Foundation.

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  11. 2 charged with armed robbery in Paxton incidentRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Feb 9 | The News-Gazette

    ... Paxton police found hypodermic needles, drug paraphernalia and ammunition in his apartment while assisting the Ford County Probation Office with a checkup on Jennings, Bane said. About five hours later, Paxton police responded to a 911 call from ...

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  12. Paxton group has plans for restoring former sheriff residence and jailRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 11, 2013 | The News-Gazette

    Sitting vacant and deteriorating for years, the historic former Ford County sheriff's residence and jail on the courthouse square is expected to be restored and put to use, now that it has a new owner. "It's good to get it passed on to somebody that hopefully will find a good use for it," Ford County Board Chairman Rick Bowen said after the board voted 9-2 this week to sell the aging complex to the nonprofit Paxton Foundation.

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  13. Updated: snowy weekend on tap for East Central IllinoisRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Jan 31 | The News-Gazette

    Below is a collection of news related to the winter storm forecast to hit East Central Illinois this weekend. If you have news to share, e-mail newsroom@wdws.com .

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  14. Ethanol plant assessment reduction deniedRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jan 28 | The News-Gazette

    ... as real property and what that property's value should be. Atherton said One Earth Energy disagrees with the Ford County assessment office factoring "process machinery and equipment" into the assessed value of the plant's property. Meanwhile, ...

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  15. Some Paxton restaurants not posting inspection placardsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 27, 2015 | The News-Gazette

    The Country Gardens Restaurant & Pancake House on Paxton's west edge proudly displays its inspection placard on its front door. Manager Teresa Huseini likes to show off the Country Garden's "A" grade and score of 91 that it received on its most recent inspection by the Ford County Public Health Department.

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  16. Updated: freezing rain advisory issued for area countiesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 26, 2015 | The News-Gazette

    New 8 p.m. Monday: The advisory has been expanded to include DeWitt, Piatt, Champaign, Vermilion, Macon, Moultrie, Douglas, Coles and Edgar counties. ** Original story: A freezing rain advisory has been issued for Ford and Iroquois counties until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

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  17. Freezing rain advisory issued for two area countiesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 26, 2015 | The News-Gazette

    A freezing rain advisory has been issued for Ford and Iroquois counties until 6 a.m. Tuesday. Ice accumulations of less than one tenth of an inch are expected, leading to hazardous travel conditions.

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  18. Paxton group has plans for restoring former sheriff residence and jailRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 11, 2013 | The News-Gazette

    Sitting vacant and deteriorating for years, the historic former Ford County sheriff's residence and jail on the courthouse square is expected to be restored and put to use, now that it has a new owner. "It's good to get it passed on to somebody that hopefully will find a good use for it," Ford County Board Chairman Rick Bowen said after the board voted 9-2 this week to sell the aging complex to the nonprofit Paxton Foundation.

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  19. Area history, Jan. 21, 2015Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 21, 2015 | The News-Gazette

    ... ability. His paintings exhibited yesterday were mostly of scenes around Muskegon, Mich. In 1965: Citizens in Ford County may have an opportunity in April to vote on a long-discussed plan to provide recreational facilities. The idea is being promoted ...

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  20. Paxton police seek adult charges in cannabis caseRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 19, 2015 | The News-Gazette

    Paxton police are asking Ford County's prosecutor to charge a Paxton teenager as an adult in connection with a marijuana-growing operation discovered earlier this month at the teen's home. Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane said his department obtained a search warrant at the 17-year-old's home in the 300 block of West Center Street on Jan. 10. Bane said numerous items believed to be used for growing cannabis were found.

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