An electronic recycling event will be presented by the Ford County Soil and Water Conservation District from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 19 at the Paxton City Shed, 755 N. Railroad Ave. in Paxton.

The Ford County Board voted unanimously to hire an additional full-time employee for the circuit clerk’s office. But it was done with the stipulation that the position will be examined by the board should the document storage fees from the office become insufficient to cover the salary.

Jessica and Tyrell Brock welcomed their child, a girl, into the world at 4:16 a.m. June 4, 2021 at Gibson Area Hospital.

Nora and Steven Mann welcomed their child, a girl, into the world at 1:52 a.m. May 16, 2021 at Gibson Area Hospital.

A Paxton Community Blood Drive will take place from 12:30-5:30 p.m. June 24 at the Paxton Fire Department Meeting Room, 310 N. Market St.

The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rise – and deplete the nation’s blood inventory. Donors of all blood types – especially type O and those giving platelets – are urged to make an appointment …

Jacob Brewer, of Gibson City, has made the Dean’s List at Monmouth College for the spring semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must take at least three academic credits and have a GPA of at 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Brewer is the child of Kim Brewer of Gibson City Ill.

LODA ─ Runners will return to the starting line for the running of the Lake Escape 5K/10K/Kids 1K this month after it was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ella Curry, daughter of Bob and Shelly Curry of Loda, was recently awarded the Prospect Chapter 367 Order of the Eastern Star Scholarship. Currently administered by the PBL Education Foundation, the $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior of PBL High School and is based on chara…

Christina White, daughter of Mike White and the late Julie White, of Paxton, was recently awarded the Virginia Graham Memorial Scholarship. Currently administered by the PBL Education Foundation, this $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior of PBL High School who intends to purs…

-Summer Reading Challenge at the library! Beginning Monday, June 7th, stop by and sign up for the challenge! Reading Colors Your World is this year’s theme, and we’re excited to launch this program!! Pick up your starter pack, complete the requirements, end with a goodie bag! Stop by! We loo…

This guidance issued by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) pertains to all youth recreational sports, including, but not limited to, school-based sports (high s…

After having to cancel in 2020 due to Covid, the Ford-Iroquois Master Gardeners are excited to hold their Garden Walk on Saturday, June 26, 2021. The event will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. CST and feature four private homes, the Loda Prairie and garden themed vendors.

Members of the Melvin 1971 time capsule reveal committee will gather the morning of June 12 near the town library to unearth 50 years worth of history.

PAXTON- Governor Pritzker is releasing Phase 5 guidelines of the Restore Illinois Plan. Due to a steady decrease in new positive COVID-19 cases across the state and with over 63% of Illinois residents age 18 and older receiving their first vaccine, Phase 5 will go into full effect on Friday …

Mayor Bill Ingold told the Paxton City Council that it looks like the long-discussed first phase of the downtown streetscape improvement project will go forward this year. Ingold said Springfield has approved everything and that bids can be let soon for the more than $1 million project. The …

GIBSON CITY ─ The Gibson City Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual fish fry will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 11, at Gibson City North Park pavilion, near the corner of East 13th Street and North Lott Boulevard.

SIBLEY - Sophie Hafer’s first memories of her dad, Joe Hafer, are of singing with him on stage at the Bellflower Country Opry as a child of 3 or 4 while he played fiddle, guitar or mandolin.

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.

We all have those days when we feel more forgetful than others. You may have heard that a number of factors can affect our memory including lack of sleep, lifestyle, environmental changes and genetics.

➜ Paxton-Buckley-Loda 18-10, Iroquois West 3-7. The host Panthers (13-6) steamrolled the Raiders (8-5) over four innings to win Game 1 of this Sangamon Valley Conference doubleheader, then outlasted them in the nightcap to earn a sweep. PBL scored at least three runs in each inning during th…