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The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s farmers’ market — The Market on Market — is held every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. on the lawn outside the Paxton Carnegie Library, 254 S. Market St., through Sept. 19. Items typically available for purchase include baked goods, fresh vegetables, fresh flo…

The Fisher Free Book Exchange is open from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at the corner of Sangamon and Third streets in downtown Fisher. The exchange includes reading material as well as rummage tables. A tip jar is available to help keep the doors open. It is o…

SPRINGFIELD — The 162nd Illinois State Fair is set to open Thursday, Aug. 8, in Springfield, and fair officials said they expect this to be one of the best iterations in years.

The Fisher Free Book Exchange is open from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at the corner of Sangamon and Third streets in downtown Fisher. The exchange includes reading material as well as rummage tables. A tip jar is available to help keep the doors open. It is o…

The Fisher Free Book Exchange is open from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at the corner of Sangamon and Third streets in downtown Fisher. The exchange includes reading material as well as rummage tables. A tip jar is available to help keep the doors open. It is o…

The Fisher Free Book Exchange is open from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at the corner of Sangamon and Third streets in downtown Fisher. The exchange includes reading material as well as rummage tables. A tip jar is available to help keep the doors open. It is o…

MELVIN — Seven young ladies will be vying for the title of Miss Ford County 2019 during the annual fair queen pageant at 7 p.m. Monday, June 24, in the dance building on the fairgrounds in Melvin.

The Fisher Free Book Exchange is open from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at the corner of Sangamon and Third streets in downtown Fisher. The exchange includes reading material as well as rummage tables. A tip jar is available to help keep the doors open. It is o…

MELVIN — Whether your talent is in photography, cooking, art or gardening, the Ford County Fair offers a number of exhibit classes people can enter for a chance to win a blue ribbon and prize money.  

The Fisher Free Book Exchange is open from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at the corner of Sangamon and Third streets in downtown Fisher. The exchange includes reading material as well as rummage tables. A tip jar is available to help keep the doors open. It is o…

Tickets are being sold for the Melvin fire department’s annual raffle, which will award as prizes either $500 in cash or a choice of one of five guns or a gun safe. The drawing will be held June 29 in conjunction with the Ford County Fair’s demolition derby. Raffle tickets cost $10 each and …

Tickets are being sold for the Melvin fire department’s annual raffle, which will award as prizes either $500 in cash or a choice of one of five guns or a gun safe. The drawing will be held June 29 in conjunction with the Ford County Fair’s demolition derby. Raffle tickets cost $10 each and …

Friday Nights Under the Lights in Downtown Gibson City — a monthly car cruise — will be held on the third Friday of each month this summer starting in May. Organizers are encouraging residents of Gibson City and elsewhere to participate by cruising Sangamon Avenue downtown, or simply parking…

Friday Nights Under the Lights in Downtown Gibson City — a monthly car cruise — will be held on the third Friday of each month this summer starting in May. Organizers are encouraging residents of Gibson City and elsewhere to participate by cruising Sangamon Avenue downtown, or simply parking…

The Paxton Thrift Shop, located at 110 N. Market St. in downtown Paxton, will hold its semi-annual bag sale from Wednesday, April 3, through Saturday, April 6. Anything that fits in the bag will be sold for $3 per bag on Wednesday, 25 cents per bag on both Thursday and Friday, and is free on…

GIBSON CITY — Jack Andrews is displaying his baseball collection and memorabilia at the Moyer District Library in Gibson City.The display includes signed baseballs, baseball cards and pictures. "Next week we will share a little more about this collection, but, in the meantime, drop by to che…

The PBL Area Community Food Pantry is open from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays and Saturdays at 785 S. Railroad Ave. in Paxton. The food pantry serves residents of the Paxton, Buckley and Loda communities.

GIBSON CITY — There will be special Story Hour visitors throughout April at the Moyer District Library in Gibson City, ranging from animals to magicians.Preschoolers meet for Story Hour at 10 a.m. on Mondays while students in kindergarten through fifth grade meet after school on Mondays.

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive on Feb. 18 at the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City.The Red Cross received 53 units of blood from 52 donors at the blood drive, just shy of the 54-unit goal. There were five deferrals and one …

ROBERTS — The 5,000-plus books that remain at the shuttered Roberts Public Library will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturday, May 18, when an open house and liquidation day will be held there.The village board last September made the reluctant decision to permanently…

Family Night meals will be held April 12 and May 10 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6289, located at 122 S. Lott Blvd. in Gibson City. Served each month, from 5 to 7 p.m., will be fish and chicken dinners. Dine-in and carryout orders are available for purchase.

MELVIN — A classic country and Western act will perform this summer at the Ford County Fair.Fair organizers announced Sunday that they had booked Montgomery Gentry to play on Friday, June 28.

GIBSON CITY — Area residents will have the chance to dispose of their unwanted household batteries, cleaning products and other products containing hazardous chemicals during a Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in downtown Gibson City.

Family Night meals will be held March 8, April 12 and May 10 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6289, located at 122 S. Lott Blvd. in Gibson City. Served each month, from 5 to 7 p.m., will be fish and chicken dinners. Dine-in and carryout orders are available for purchase.

GIBSON CITY — Students in grades six through 12 are invited to participate in the 4-H Food Challenge at the Moyer District Library in Gibson City.The Illinois 4-H Foundation is providing six sessions from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays from April 4 through May 9. Youth will mix, chop, blend, si…

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council voted 6-0 Tuesday night to donate $6,000 toward the eighth annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival, an event that is expected to again feature a concert headlined by a nationally known musical act.

The Paxton Carnegie Library’s board of trustees will meet at the library at 5 p.m. March 6 and 7 p.m. April 3, May 1, June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4.

The Saybrook Sons of the American Legion Squad No. 427 will be hosting spaghetti dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 1, March 1, April 5 and May 3. The dinner includes spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. The meal is all-you-can-eat when dining in. Carryout orders will also be available but are not …

The Saybrook Sons of the American Legion Squad No. 427 will be hosting spaghetti dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 1, March 1, April 5 and May 3. The dinner includes spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. The meal is all-you-can-eat when dining in. Carryout orders will also be available but are not …

There will be no Coffee & Conversation event at the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City during January. Coffee & Conversation will resume at the church on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 9 to 10 a.m. The speaker will be Dr. Jim Meyer, a retired veterinarian and airplane pilot from Gibson City.

GIBSON CITY — Dr. Darrin Ray and Dr. Bernadette Ray of Gibson City won a birthday basket bundle donated by the Heartland Bank in Gibson City through the Gibson City Rotary Club’s weekly drawing on Wednesday, Jan. 2, as part of the club’s 2019 calendar fundraiser.

GIBSON CITY — Starting Monday, Jan. 14, a preschool program for children ages 3-5 will be offered at 10 a.m. each Monday at the Moyer District Library in Gibson City. Also, Story Hour for children in kindergarten through fifth grade will be offered at 3:45 p.m. each Monday after school.Other…

SPRINGFIELD — The winners of the county fair queen pageants held last summer in Ford and Iroquois counties will be competing this month in the 60th annual Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs State Queen Pageant.

PAXTON — Winners of the annual holiday house-decorating contest sponsored by PRIDE in Paxton have been announced.Following judging conducted Dec. 13, selected as the top two winners were the Paxton Federated Church, 221 W. Center St., and the home of Larry and Pat Eyers, 805 Cambridge St.

There will be no Coffee & Conversation event at the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City during December and January. Coffee & Conversation will resume at the church on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 9 to 10 a.m. The speaker will be Dr. Jim Meyer, a retired veterinarian and airplane pilot…

A holiday house-decorating contest is being sponsored by PRIDE in Paxton. To be considered for the contest, homes should be lit up and decorated between 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, when judges will be driving around town to select the winners.

A holiday house-decorating contest is being sponsored by PRIDE in Paxton. To be considered for the contest, homes should be lit up and decorated between 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, when judges will be driving around town to select the winners.