Marlaina and Randy Lindgren welcomed their child, a girl, into the world at 2:59 p.m. Sept. 6, 2021 at Gibson Area Hospital.

Marianne and Zachary White welcomed their child, a boy, into the world at 9:08 p.m. Aug. 20, 2021 at Gibson Area Hospital.

GIBSON CITY - A well-known community name has stepped up to aid flood-relief efforts in Gibson City as dozens of residents, businesses and property owners try to recover from the historic flash flooding on Aug. 12, when the town received a reported 9 to 11 inches of rainfall in eight hours.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The leader of a Ford County anti-government militia group who authorities say masterminded the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque was sentenced Monday to 53 years in prison on several civil rights and hate crimes for the attack, which left a community terrified.

SAVOY — Minutes after watching 20-year professional Justin McMullen solder, braise and clamp a pipe joint with a ProPress, 14 local high-schoolers were donning protective gloves and goggles, grabbing a blowtorch and trying it out for themselves.

On Sept. 11, my husband Jim, daughter Jessie and I were in our kitchen with the morning news on. Jim and I were going over our schedules for the day and trying to decide what hours each of us would be home with Jessie, who was recovering from surgery.

-Preschool Story Hour: We meet weekly on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. for stories and craft time. All preschool age children are welcome!

Constitution Week is Sept. 17-23. Governor Thomas Ford Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution encourages Americans to reflect on the United States Constitution during this month’s annual observance in honor of this foundational document of national governance. Governo…

An afternoon of fun Cub Scout activities will be held on Saturday, September 25 at Scout Camp Robert Drake, near Catlin, IL. Cub Scouts and their families are invited to enjoy shooting sports, pedal cars, sports challenges, and more. For many of the youth and their families, the Cub Scout Fa…

The Paxton Church of Christ (400 West Ottawa Road, Paxton) will host the Southern Gospel singing group, the Dumplin Valley Trio, in its Worship Celebration this Sunday, Sept. 12, at 10:30 a.m.

-Preschool Story Hour: We resume on Thursday, September 2nd at 10:00 a.m. We will meet weekly for stories and craft time. All preschool age children are welcome!

Alisha Manzke and James Konas welcomed their child, a girl, into the world at 9:54 a.m. Aug. 21, 2021 at Gibson Area Hospital.

SPECIAL EVENT: Pentagon 9/11 – We are pleased to announce a special event that is taking place at Moyer District Library on Wednesday, September 8th at 6:00 pm. Lieutenant Colonel US Army veteran and 9/11 Attack survivor Ryan Yantis is an accomplished and award-winning communications executi…

-Preschool Story Hour: We resume on Thursday, September 2nd at 10:00 a.m. We will meet weekly for stories and craft time. All preschool age children are welcome!

SPRINGFIELD, IL, Ford County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0196, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.

Danville, IL — The East Central Illinois Community Action Agency as administrator of the Home Energy Assistance Program in Ford, Iroquois, and Vermilion Counties, is pleased to announce that funds are available to assist income-eligible households with their natural gas, propane and electric…

Illinois 4-H volunteers empower and prepare youth for success as the program relies on its more than 15,000 volunteers to fill key leadership and mentoring roles. Longtime volunteers and former staff members were recently honored by the Illinois 4-H Foundation for their selfless dedication t…

The Ford County Historical Society will hold its annual dinner meeting, Tues. Sept. 21 at the Arcade restaurant, Paxton, beginning at 6 p.m. Dinner reservations need to be turned in to Judith Jepsen-Popel, 379-4111, and cost $15. Reservations are due by Sept. 13.


GIBSON CITY — It always bothered Lyle Brotherton that youngest brother Clarence’s body had never been accounted for during the brutal battle of the Hurtgen Forest in late 1944, as U.S. forces advanced into Germany during World War II.

ROBERTS — Three people were injured, two critically, in a crash early Thursday morning in Ford County that was apparently caused by a distracted driver.

IROQUOIS COUNTY, ILLINOIS — The Senior Services team at the Iroquois County Public Health Department is dedicated to serving citizens, age 60 or older, by providing a number of services that facilitate healthy living. Along with the Community Care Program ICPHD will now be able to assist sen…

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — The Illinois Bankers Association (IBA) announced that Thomas J. (Tom) Chamberlain has been elected treasurer of the IBA’s Board of Directors for 2021-22, according to a news release. The election was Aug. 12 during the organization’s virtual Annual Conference.

Just halfway into the year, U.S. beef and pork exports have reached record highs, according to data released by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports are 6% better in volume and 15% better in value compared to the record year of 2018. Pork exports are up 1% in volume and 7% f…

Michael Jordan’s mistakes on the basketball court never defined him. He played with sprained ankles, feet injuries, and plenty of sore muscles. He had an uncanny ability to put aside his worries, fears and distractions and focus on the moment and the job at hand.