When George Herman Ruth, the baseball great, was eight-years-old he was already a delinquent. That’s when his father dropped him off at the gates of St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys in Baltimore and his life changed forever. There were 800 boys at St. Mary’s and he was one of the youngest.

Eric and Rebecca (Nussbaum) Sommer of Fairbury have announced the birth of their second child, a girl.

Nolan Samuel Cory Johnson was born at 3:30 p.m. April 28,2021, at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City, the son of Kaleigh Brianne Small of Gibson City and Samuel Lloyd Johnson (deceased).

Sarah Marie Mischke and Brett Robert Campbell of Gilman announce the birth of their first child, a son.

Joshua Black and Amerette Perez of Gilman have announced the birth of their first child, a boy.

William Faulkner accepted the Nobel prize for literature in 1950 with a surprising response. People expected to hear the author speak about human suffering and the hard times he focused so much on in his writing.

Q. My late grandmother had a pair of these ceramic dogs on the top of her buffet. It has been in the family forever. As a child I always loved them. Now it is the only one surviving and it is mine. It is in good condition and is 5” high.

Kyle and Amanda Mathewson of Watseka are proud to announce the birth of Walker Bryant Mathewson, their second child.

VFW Family Night meals are offered each month at the VFW post in Gibson City. Chicken and fish dinners with sides will be served starting at 5 p.m. each night. Dine-in and carryout orders are available.

WATSEKA — Marilyn Wilken, a Danforth resident, is the featured guest artist for January and February in the art gallery of the Old Courthouse Museum, 103 W. Cherry St., Watseka.

VFW Family Night meals are offered each month at the VFW post in Gibson City. Chicken and fish dinners with sides will be served starting at 5 p.m. each night. Dine-in and carryout orders are available.

VFW Family Night meals will be offered each month starting Friday, Jan. 10, at the VFW post in Gibson City. Chicken and fish dinners with sides will be served starting at 5 p.m. each night. Dine-in and carryout orders are available.

The public is invited to attend Wednesday evening Advent services on Dec. 4 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sibley, Dec. 11 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Anchor and Dec. 18 at the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City. A simple bread and soup supper begins at 6:15 p.m., and worship fol…

PAXTON — PRIDE in Paxton’s Christmas Parade is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, in downtown Paxton, with the theme being “Chocolate Gumdrops and Golden Tickets: Imagine the Possibilities!”

GIBSON CITY — Area singers are reminded that rehearsals for the annual “Messiah” performance in Gibson City have begun and will continue at 7 p.m. each Monday during November at the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City.

The Saybrook American Legion Post #427 will host a chicken and fish fry on Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Jan.  24, Feb. 14, Feb. 28, March 13 and March 27. The menu includes chicken, whole catfish, all-you-can-eat walleye, baked potato, baked beans, cole slaw and a drink. Serving starts at 4:30 p.m. and…

GIBSON CITY — The Exploring New Worlds Art Show will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Moyer District Library in Gibson City. In this 45-minute show for kids, artist Dan Gogh uses magic, storytelling and art from around the world to promote interest in both fiction and nonfiction reading.

The Saybrook American Legion Post #427 will host a chicken and fish fry on Nov. 15. Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Jan.  24, Feb. 14, Feb. 28, March 13 and March 27. The menu includes chicken, whole catfish, all-you-can-eat walleye, baked potato, cole slaw and a drink. Serving starts at 4:30 p.m. and con…

A Senior Fit exercise program is available at the Paxton Church of Christ, 400 W. Ottawa Road, every Monday morning at 9. The program is especially designed to help seniors with strength and balance for daily living. The low-impact exercises can all be done while sitting in a chair. All area…

The Corn Belt Shrine Club, based in Gibson City, will be serving ribeye steak sandwiches with chips and a drink for $9 each from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays at Jay’s Place at 115 N. Sangamon Ave. in downtown Gibson City. Also, each evening the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School Booster Cl…

The Corn Belt Shrine Club, based in Gibson City, will be serving ribeye steak sandwiches with chips and a drink for $9 each from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays at Jay’s Place at 115 N. Sangamon Ave. in downtown Gibson City. Also, each evening the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School Booster Cl…

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Historical Society is getting all the vendors, menus, entertainment and special activities lined up for its 40th annual Harvest Daze.

PAXTON — Alan Meyer, the president of the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, hopes next month’s Fall Wine & Chocolate Walk in Paxton will bring visitors to the Ford County community and its downtown business district.

The Corn Belt Shrine Club, based in Gibson City, will be serving ribeye steak sandwiches with chips and a drink for $9 each from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays at Jay’s Place at 115 N. Sangamon Ave. in downtown Gibson City. Also, each evening the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School Booster Cl…

The Elliott Amvets will hold Family Night meals on the first Friday of each month: Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Jan. 3, Feb. 7, March 6, April 3 and May 1. The meal includes fish and chicken plus two sides for $10. Also available for purchase are $1 sodas, $2 beers and $4.50 mixed drinks.

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…