Iroquois County residents cautioned about scam

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office is cautioning residents about an apparent scam.

District 21 state trooper nominated for Officer of the Year Award

SPRINGFIELD — District 21 state trooper Ryan R. Wilson was nominated for Illinois State Police’s Officer of the Year Award.

'Hiring and Firing in Illinois' to be topic of next Lunch & Learn event

PAXTON — Dr. Garrett Smith will present the program “Hiring and Firing in Illinois” during the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s next Lunch & Learn event, scheduled for noon Thursday, Aug. 27, at the American Legion building at 763 E. Pells St. in Paxton.

Lunch will be provided. The cost to attend is $8 per person.

Rockin' Route 9 concert slated for Aug. 15 at Pells Park

PAXTON — A free concert at Pells Park in Paxton — “Rockin’ Route 9” — is set for 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, featuring performances by State of Grace, Weston Henry and D.J. Tommy C.

Food will be available from Central Lean, Dawn’s Kettle Corn adn Monical’s Pizza.

There will also be a bounce house and games.

The event is sponsored by the Paxton United Methodist Church.

2015 Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School graduation speeches


Good evening, and welcome to the graduation ceremony of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School class of 2015! My name is Eve Bahler, and I am president of this senior class. On behalf of my class, I want to thank all of you for attending: family, friends, faculty and administration, and members of the school board. 

GCMS sets student registration dates

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district will hold student registration from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5.

Registration for new students will be held Thursday, Aug. 6, by appointment. Parents should call the school their child will enroll in for an appointment.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Office police blotter (July 30, 2015)

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of recent activity:

— Rodney D. Hamrick, 59, of Cissna Park, was arrested July 29 on an Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear in court for aggravated driving under the influence. Hamrick was also wanted on a Vermilion County warrant for failure to appear in court for driving under the influence.

Gibson City library to host card-making sessions Aug. 11

GIBSON CITY — The Moyer District Library in Gibson City is hosting a card-making class on Tuesday, Aug. 11. Persons can attend either of two sessions offered: from 1-3 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. The course will be led by Mary McCormick. The cost is $10 to make four cards.
In other library news:

Upcoming Hymn Festival's theme is 'The History of Popular Music in Hymnody'

GIBSON CITY — The annual Hymn Festival sponsored by the Gibson Area Music Foundation will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City.

Attendees at the seventh annual event will enjoy singing selected hymns with background information given about each.

Paxton Swine 'N Dine BBQ Cookoff & Festival set for Sept. 19

PAXTON — The fourth annual Paxton Swine ‘N Dine BBQ Cookoff & Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 19, in downtown Paxton.

The event will feature barbecue cookoffs in two categories: ribs and chicken.

“We may throw in some special categories if we can,” organizers Dave Mabrey and Ben Grice said in an email to last year’s contestants.

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