Local Marines discuss experiences at boot camp

Of the four 2018 graduates of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School who recently graduated from boot camp to become U.S. Marines, three of them answered some questions posed by Ford County Record Editor Will Brumleve recently. The other — Pvt. 1st Class Tanner Longest — was unable to be reached. Their responses follow:


Reum wins $100 gift card to Hustedt Jewelers in drawing

GIBSON CITY — Kathleen Reum won a $100 gift card to Hustedt Jewelers in Gibson City through the Gibson City Rotary Club’s weekly drawing on Wednesday, Feb. 13, as part of the club’s 2019 calendar fundraiser.

Ladies Aid society holds February meeting in Buckley

BUCKLEY — Members of the Ladies Aid society of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buckley met Feb. 7 in the church’s basement, with the following occurring:

➜ President Ruth Biggs led the common table prayer before members enjoyed a lunch served by Nikki and Corey Grohler of St. John’s Lutheran School’s PTL.

➜ In the absence of Norma Niemann, Brenda Schumacher presented the devotion.

Youth invited to participate in 4-H Food Challenge

GIBSON CITY — Students in grades six through 12 are invited to participate in the 4-H Food Challenge at the Moyer District Library in Gibson City.

The Illinois 4-H Foundation is providing six sessions from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays from April 4 through May 9. Youth will mix, chop, blend, simmer and measure to create dishes from mystery ingredients.

Baby-care items being collected for Handles of Hope

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Rotary Club is accepting donations of baby care items to be donated to Handles of Hope.

Items such as diaper bags, blankets, baby wash/shampoo/lotion, wash rags, towels, rash creme, bibs, pacifiers, bottles and diapers can be brought to the Villas of Holly Brook, 1400 N. Melvin St., Gibson City, anytime before Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Crusaders fall to Cornerstone Christian in scholastic bowl meet

BUCKLEY — Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley competed against Cornerstone Christian Academy of Bloomington in a scholastic bowl rematch of an earlier contest held at Cornerstone Christian Academy. 

The host CLHS Crusaders had a slow start and dropped a junior varsity-level match by six questions. However, the varsity-level match was quite competitive. 

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Feb. 20, 2019)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court, as posted at

• Michael G. Kean, 38, of Elliott, for four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of predatory criminal sexual assault (victim under age 13).

Police Blotter (Feb. 20, 2019)

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity:

List of upcoming community events (Feb. 20, 2019)

Family Night meals will be held March 8, April 12 and May 10 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6289, located at 122 S. Lott Blvd. in Gibson City. Served each month, from 5 to 7 p.m., will be fish and chicken dinners. Dine-in and carryout orders are available for purchase.

Elliott man accused of sexually assaulting two girls

PAXTON — An Elliott man has been charged with five felonies for allegedly sexually assaulting two children.

Ford County State’s Attorney Andrew Killian recently charged Michael G. Kean, 38, with one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony, and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony.

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