Arts and Entertainment

Doctor to speak at next Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Breakfast

ONARGA — Dr. Donald Reese, a family practice physician for Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services, will be the featured speaker at the University of Illinois Extension’s next Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Breakfast, set for 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the UI Extension office in Onarga.

Paxton Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Contest & Festival getting bigger, better

PAXTON — Ben Grice thinks this year’s version of the Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival will be even more of an attraction both locally and regionally than those in years past, with a national blues act lined up to perform, a better selection of food vendors on hand, more businesses selling their wares on Market Street, more activities offered for children, and even more prize mon

Engelbrecht Grills & Cookers wins award

PAXTON — Engelbrecht Grills & Cookers’ worldwide reputation as a maker of luxury grills keeps growing.

In 2012, the Paxton-based company’s owner, Chris Engelbrecht, was commissioned to build a grill for the Obamas to give to David Cameron, prime minister of the United Kingdom.

Event to honor Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce's Amelie Beck

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce is holding an open house from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at Railside Golf Club in Gibson City to honor Amelie Beck, a longtime member and former president of the chamber board. Light snacks and soft drinks will be provided.

Swedish Heritage Day set for Saturday at Majestic Park

PAXTON — Swedish Heritage Day is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Majestic Park in downtown Paxton.

Webinars on child development offered to help parents of young children

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois Extension is offering a series of webinars this fall for new parents who want to gain knowledge on subjects that will help them and their child remain healthy, happy and emotionally sound.

Eric Hyatt: 'I appreciate all of your support'

GIBSON CITY — A benefit held Saturday for Gibson City police officer Eric Hyatt, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2010, was Hyatt’s first and only benefit.

Over the past five years, Hyatt was too reluctant to have one.

'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.

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.
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