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…

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…