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'The Story' church campaign kicks off Sept. 7 at Paxton Church of Christ

PAXTON — The Paxton Church of Christ is inviting Paxton area residents to join members of the congregation for “The Story” church campaign, which kicks off during the church’s worship service at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. 

Frank Fritz Day to be celebrated Sept. 27 in Paxton

PAXTON — Frank Fritz Day is set for Saturday, Sept. 27, in downtown Paxton. The event celebrates “American Pickers” co-star Frank Fritz’s visit to Paxton.

Local antique dealer Robin McNish won the “Pick with Frank Fritz” contest last November, and Fritz is coming to Paxton to go antique hunting with McNish on the morning of Sept. 27.

Club to honor Ford County's first responders on 9/11

PAXTON — The Ford County Republican Women’s Club is sponsoring an event on Sept. 11 to thank the first responders of Ford County. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at the Paxton firehouse on North Market Street in Paxton.

Chris Engelbrecht: A right way and wrong way to start your fire

Engelbrecht Grills

Dr. Lanoue to speak at next Ford-Iroquois Ag Breakfast in Onarga

ONARGA — Dr. Doug Lanoue of Gibson Area Hospital will present “The Real Dirt on Rural Medicine: A Skin-and-Bones Talk About the Health of Your Skin and Bones!” during the Ford-Iroquois Extension Office’s next Ag Breakfast, scheduled for 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the University of Illinois Extension Office at 916 W. Seminary Ave. in Onarga.

Hildenbrand family donates 'Evening Surprise' print to library

GIBSON CITY — The Charles Hildenbrand family has donated the Terry Redlin print “Evening Surprise” to the Moyer District Library.

Paxton to celebrate its Swedish heritage Saturday

PAXTON — A Swedish Heritage Day celebration is returning to Majestic Park in downtown Paxton on Saturday, Aug. 16.

The celebration runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The park will be the site for music, artisans, crafters, food and fun.

The music starts at noon in the park’s gazebo.

Fast facts: All you need to know about September's BBQ cookoff in Paxton

Some quick facts about the third annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest and Festival:

King Brumblecue thinks it has shot at winning BBQ cookoff

As I was covering last year’s Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Cookoff in Paxton, I couldn’t help but be jealous of all the grilling action in front of me.

You see, I love food, but I love grilled food even more. So as I took photos and interviewed the contestants on Market Street that late September day, my attention kept turning from the contestants to their barbecued pork ribs.

Organizer: It's anybody's game at Paxton Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Contest

PAXTON — Bobby Davenport did it last year. So did Rebekah Morenz in 2012.

Beating the professionals in a barbecue cookoff as an amateur grilling enthusiast is not only possible, it has happened each of the first two years of the Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Cookoff.

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