Arts and Entertainment

Christmas house-decorating contest announced in Paxton

PAXTON — Paxton residents are being encouraged to decorate their homes for the holidays for a chance to win cash prizes.

The nonprofit organization PRIDE in Paxton is sponsoring a Christmas house-decorating contest that will award $50 cash prizes to four winners.


Queen of Hearts raffles to raise funds for Gibson City skatepark

GIBSON CITY — Members of a committee that is trying to raise funds for a skatepark in memory of former Gibson City alderman Ed Day hope that their first major fundraiser brings the community together in support of the cause.


Trick-or-treat hours set in area communities

Halloween trick-or-treat hours have been set in area communities:

Buckley — 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Cabery — N/A

Cissna Park — 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Danforth — 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Elliott — N/A

Gibson City — 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.


List of upcoming community events (Oct. 18, 2017)

The Ford County Historical Society’s Water Tower Museum is open every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The  museum, located at 135 S. Market St. just behind Paxton City Hall, specializes in Ford County history. For information or to schedule special tours, call 217-379-3723 or 217-379-4111.


Training for volunteer tutors available

GIBSON CITY — Through Parkland College, adults who struggle with illiteracy can connect with a tutor who volunteers his or her time to teach reading, basic math and writing skills. Two training sessions are quickly approaching.


Halloween parade set for Oct. 31 in downtown Paxton

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District’s board of commissioners finalized plans for the annual park district-sponsored Halloween Parade during its meeting last week.

The event is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. 


List of upcoming community events (Oct. 13, 2017)

The Ford County Historical Society’s Water Tower Museum is open every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The  museum, located at 135 S. Market St. just behind Paxton City Hall, specializes in Ford County history. For information or to schedule special tours, call 217-379-3723 or 217-379-4111.


Float entries sought for Lighted Holiday Parade

GIBSON CITY — The 23rd Annual Lighted Holiday Parade sponsored by the Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce will be held at 6;30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in downtown Gibson City.

The parade’s theme this year is “Presents on Parade.” The theme was submitted by second-grader Coben Phillips as part of a contest asking kids to choose it.


The Jeremy Werner show has a Paxton connection

URBANA — When Jeremy Werner and Austin Burklund first met, it was at a basketball practice at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.

It was 2009, Werner recalled. It was not long after Werner had started his first full-time sports reporting job — at what was then known as the Paxton Record and is now known as the Ford County Record.


List of upcoming community events (Sept. 20, 2017)

The Bellflower Area Christmas Cantata is in need of participants. Anyone from Bellflower and surrounding communities is invited to join other singers in the annual event. There are no auditions. The first organizational meeting will be held in early October. Rehearsals will be scheduled in October and November, and the cantata will be performed in early December.


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