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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.

GIBSON CITY — Because Dec. 3 was the 200th birthday of the state of Illinois, members of the Gov. Thomas Ford Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) celebrated the bicentennial with a special program titled “Celebrate the Prairie State” and served bir…

LODA — Veterans wondering what to do over the long winter can join the Loda Township Library’s newly formed Veterans Book Club. “We’ll supply the space and books,” library director Teri Hennessy said.The club will meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month starting in January.

PAXTON — Seven people participated in PRIDE in Paxton’s Firehouse Cookie Baking Appreciation Event last week.Winners were: Whitney Townsend, first place; Tabitha Eichelberger, second place; and Melinda Garrelts, third place.Prizes were awarded.Also entering the contest were Alisah Weber, Daw…

LODA — Students in third through fifth grades are invited to attend a Christmas crafts workshop from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Loda Township Library, 105 S. 1st St., Loda.“We’ll make all sorts of holiday decorations,” said the library’s director, Teri Hennessy. “No need to brin…

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.

ROBERTS — The 5,000-plus books that remain at the shuttered Roberts Public Library are expected to be given away on a first-come, first-served basis next spring.The village board discussed how to dispose of the collection during its Nov. 5 meeting, when it was suggested that an open house/li…

PAXTON — PRIDE in Paxton’s Christmas Parade is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, in downtown Paxton.“We are inviting all members of our armed forces, businesses, marching units, bands, Christian and civic units, floats, antique vehicles, new cars, farm machinery, individuals and fam…

The PBL PIT Crew is selling Clara Peterson Elementary School spirit wear and PBL Eastlawn School commemorative shirts. Order forms are available at Clara Peterson and Eastlawn schools or at Signs & Designs in Paxton. Orders must be completed by Nov. 16. For more information, call 217-722…

GIBSON CITY — Organizers of Gibson City’s 24th annual Lighted Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce, said that more than 40 floats are already signed up to appear in the Nov. 17 parade, making it bigger than the parade has been in recent years. 

Editor’s note: Trick-or-treating hours for several communities, including Elliott, Piper City, Gilman, Danforth, Onarga, Thawville and Cabery, have not been received yet. If anyone knows the hours for those towns, they can email them to will@fordcountyrecord.com or post them to the Ford Coun…

GIBSON CITY — The Moyer District Library in Gibson City will be hosting a craft show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Vendors need to register in advance at the library. Each space rents for $20. Vendors are limited to homemade food, craft items and direct-sales booths.Other library…

GIBSON CITY — Judy Weber-Jones has been selected to serve as the grand marshal of Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School’s 2018 homecoming parade, scheduled for Thursday evening.Weber-Jones and her husband, Rusty, have been married for 23 years and live in Champaign. She retired in 2016 after…

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets from 9 to 11 a.m. on the third Friday of each month at the Paxton Church of the Nazarene, 302 W. State St., Paxton. Meetings for the 2018-19 year will be held Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 21, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15, on a date to be determined in A…

LODA  — After living and working for decades in the Chicago suburbs, Teri Hennessy has fallen in love with the small-town life.The 68-year-old Hennessy retired from a 27-year career in education in June 2015 and moved permanently to Bayles Lake in rural Loda.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets from 9 to 11 a.m. on the third Friday of each month at the Paxton Church of the Nazarene, 302 W. State St., Paxton. Meetings for the 2018-19 year will be held Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 21, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15, on a date to be determined in A…

PAXTON — With not having competed in a barbecue cookoff in two years, brothers Joe and Tim Higgins didn’t think they would be named the winners of the seventh annual Paxton Swine ‘N Dine BBQ Contest on Saturday.The two Gibson City men had done well in past editions of the contest in downtown…