January activity calendar/craft package is ready for pick up! If you prefer, you may utilize our no contact pick up by calling the library at 217-379-3431 for instructions!

Book Club to resume next month– In February, the Book Cafe will reopen to discuss the club’s Christmas book choice. At that time, our next book club selection, Under the Wide and Starry Sky will be handed out with anticipation of meeting in March.

Paxton resident Kendall Cox was sworn in at the Paxton City Council meeting and will represent Paxton’s Ward 3. The council concurred with Mayor Bill Ingold’s appointment of Cox to fill the seat left vacant by Kammy Johnson Anderson when she became county circuit clerk.


Each year the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and the National Society of Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) sponsor the Good Citizens program that is open to high school seniors enrolled in public or private schools accredited by their state board of ed…

The Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive on Monday, February 15, 2021 from noon to 5:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at 401 N. Church Street in Gibson City.

After a lengthy discussion about who is essential personnel, the Ford County Board passed the matter on to its personnel committee which was to meet Jan. 19. But that meeting has been canceled. Board President Deb Smith wanted to assess the board’s thoughts on who is essential and therefore …


Editor’s note: A group of citizens is planning a year-long celebration during 2021 of the 150th anniversary of Gibson City’s founding. Articles with historical information will be periodically submitted for the goal of educating or reminding residents of historical information.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is extending crop insurance flexibilities for producers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, relief provided for electronic notifications and signatures is extended through July 15, 2021; organic certification, replant self-certific…

A Paxton couple has asked the city council to reconsider its stance on allowing hens within city limits. Dale Wise and Kristen Larson, who recently bought a home on South Washington, said there are many reasons why backyard chickens are a good thing.


GIBSON CITY -- Gibson City through the Years – History Committee, a fundraising group for Gibson City’s 150th anniversary celebration, will host “CrAzY 2020” Wine Down on Saturday, Nov. 7.


GIBSON CITY -- Strength and conditioning workouts made up of functional movements performed at a high intensity level can sound intimidating. But four local women are teaching the public that such fitness is well within their reach.

As school districts return to the classroom, assessing students for social and emotional needs has been a key part of the conversation. In preparation for re-opening, local districts have taken various approaches to the challenge of promoting positive mental health among students.

Thank you – Thank you to our faithful members for your continued patronage and support. We are so happy to be here for you and to help you with resources as you navigate through this year. Remember that we can assist you if you are not comfortable coming into the library. Just give us a call.

Since the COVID 19 pandemic shutdowns began six months ago there has been very little talk at Ford County Board meetings about amending the wind farm ordinance. And practically no members of the public have appeared before the board.

This is the time of year when co-directors Denise Wall, Erik Parmenter and Jessica Fehland, would be organizing December's Iroquois County Christmas Cantata; however, after much contemplation and discussion, the group has canceled this year's performances.

Celebrating the fifth generation of the O’Neal family of Gibson City are, left to right: mother Alyssa Tran of Las Vegas, Nevada; grandmother Kemmey Esteban of Las Vegas, Nevada; great-great-grandmother Lorene O’Neal Edwards of Sun City, Arizona, formerly of Gibson City; baby Amelia Tran of …

Long time city employee Mark LeClair was feted at the regular meeting of the Paxton City Council. Retiring as the director of public works, LeClair was employed by the city for 42 years.


For the past three years, Illinois veterans have gone on a 500-mile endurance cycling event from Cairo, Ill., to the western Chicago suburb of St. Charles in an event known as the Gold Star 500.

Responding to the increasing number of people wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Sheriff Mark Doran recently announced in a press release that Ford County citizens are being invited to become Associate Members of the Illin…


Update at 4:10 p.m. Sept. 11: U.S. Congressman John Shimkus said Friday that the missile at the former Chanute Air Force base has been saved.