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Throughout the past year, the Indianapolis Star has published a fine series of 11 major stories plus several follow-up and daily stories detailing the unsavory business practices of Indiana’s nursing facilities and the poor care delivered by many of them.

Prospect Chapter 367 of the Order of the Eastern Star has disbanded. Since the organization wanted the remaining money in their account to still be used for scholarships, the project has been adopted by the PBL Education Foundation. For the next few years, one $1,000 scholarship will be awar…

Applications for the 2021 Farmers-Merchants Bank of Illinois Educational Scholarship are now available at the GCMS and PBL High School guidance offices and at the Farmers-Merchants Bank of Illinois branches in Paxton and Melvin. Scholarship information and application forms are also availabl…

The PBL Education Foundation wishes to announce again this year the availability of the Virginia Graham Scholarship to PBL seniors. Graham’s family established the Virginia Graham Scholarship in 2004 in memory of her and her love of children. Virginia devoted her life to her family and to te…

Joe Biden’s first 10 days in office were a disaster. The new fake president signed 42 executive orders in 10 days. Wasn’t Trump called a dictator after signing 6? Hillary claimed Trump Illegitimate all 4 years. There have been thousands of pages of evidence addressing voter fraud in 2020 all…

Thanks to all who helped make our presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” a success: Dr. Janet McCumber, our director; our singers for their talent and time; those providing accompaniment; the area communities for their support; the Presbyterian and the Bible churches for the use of their facilit…

The country is currently battling the most devastating drug epidemic in history. After drug overdoses killed a record-breaking 72,300 Americans in 2017, President Donald Trump and the federal government declared a “national health emergency” to combat opioid and drug abuse.

I don’t recall Tony Lee attacking the National Rifle Association or the Republican party back when he was a candidate for Ford County state’s attorney. His Sept. 11 letter puts him in league with Democrats. What a train wreck they are! There is currently a leftist jihad against Christian val…

Three cheers for Paxton! Thank you for being the fabulous small town with a big heart that I’ve loved for 50 years. In spite of everything that has been endured by those who know the town’s sour underbelly all too well, Paxton is a city of friendly people who are good at heart. Anne Frank ex…

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Followers of the Ford County Record’s Facebook page were asked this week: “Do you think the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board should reconsider its planned demolition of historic PBL Eastlawn School, the former Paxton Community High School building? If so, why? If not, why not?” Select respon…

I just ran across Jolen Minetz’s letter that was published a few years ago regarding the future of PBL Eastlawn School in Paxton. Plans to demolish the historic building may already be said and done, but I couldn’t agree with her more.

Communication is incredibly important to me. The older I get, the more I realize how very important communication is to my everyday life.

I purposely try to steer away from articles on politics, social ills or a myriad of other “sensitive” issues plaguing our society. I’d rather write about interesting news items and, in doing so, hopefully provide some humor instead of the more serious stuff. I’ll let the Tribunes, Gazettes a…

In this series of articles, we’re looking at some passages pertaining to the end times when Jesus returns again to judge the world in righteousness (Acts 17:31).

At first, the black-feathered bird seemed to be waiting patiently by the curb for a passing car. But an observant driver quickly noticed something was awry.

By DERRICK BABBSFor the Ford County RecordLeslie Cornelius Arends was born Sept. 27, 1895, in Melvin, where he, his four brothers and two sisters grew up on his father’s farm. After graduating from Melvin High School in 1912, he attended Oberlin College in Ohio for two years. 

By DERRICK BABBSFor the Ford County RecordEarly pioneer Samuel Lyman was the first white settler of Lyman Township in Ford County. He was born in Massachusetts on July 16, 1811, and came to the area with his wife and four sons. In July 1856, he built the first permanent house on the northeas…

By DERRICK BABBSFor the Ford County RecordA look at notable early crimes in Ford County, from 1872 to 1928:Sept. 29, 1872 — The first recorded inmate was placed in the Ford County jail. His name was Edward Cavangh. He was 25 years old and from St. Louis. He was arrested for drawing his revolver.

By DERRICK K. BABBSFor the Ford County RecordIn today’s society, political corruption is sadly a common place. As you look back in our history, you see that mortal man, tempted in the earlier days of higher moral standards, also failed in their elected office and the people of their communit…

By SAM ERWINOwner of Nordic Total FitnessAs usual, something came along that inspired me to write something for this week’s column. Usually, it’s one of the gym members at Nordic Total Fitness who has done something incredible, but this time it was a quote from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.