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Paxton shooting range to be open to public May 6

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department’s shooting range will be open to the public for target practice, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 6.

The daily fee is $10 per person.

The fee covers the person’s right to use the property and shooting targets, but people still need to provide their own gun, ammunition and ear and eye protection.


List of upcoming community events (April 18, 2018)

Raffle tickets are on sale for a drawing to be held Wednesday, June 13, at the Gibson City American Legion post that will award the winner a Pit Boss pellet smoker valued at $500, plus a $50 Big R gift card toward pellets. Tickets cost $5 each or three for $10 or six for $20. People do not need to be present at the drawing to win. Proceeds will go toward a proposed skatepark in Gibson City.


Paxton Area Chamber golf outing set for July 27 at Lakeview

LODA — The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual golf outing is scheduled for Friday, July 27, at Lakeview Country Club in rural Loda.

The event begins with lunch at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon.

The theme of the outing is “The Roaring Twenties.”

Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed team, the longest putt, the longest drive and closest to the pin.


Country music stars headed to Ford County this summer, fall

PAXTON — Some rising country music stars will be performing in Ford County this summer and fall.


List of upcoming community events (April 11, 2018)

Raffle tickets are on sale for a drawing to be held Wednesday, June 13, at the Gibson City American Legion post that will award the winner a Pit Boss pellet smoker valued at $500, plus a $50 Big R gift card toward pellets. Tickets cost $5 each or three for $10 or six for $20. People do not need to be present at the drawing to win. Proceeds will go toward a proposed skatepark in Gibson City.


List of upcoming community events (April 4, 2018)

Shepherd’s Closet and Closet Too, nonprofit stores in downtown Gibson City, are holding a silent auction at the Moyer District Library, 618 S. Sangamon Ave., Gibson City. Bids for the items on display may be made from April 2 to April 30. Pictures of items are available on Shepherd’s Closet/Closet Too’s Facebook page. The unique items include antiques, books and collectibles.


Master Gardeners plan events, including Plant Share on April 28

ONARGA  — Members of the Ford-Iroquois Master Gardeners met March 13 with 16 members and Master Gardener coordinator Jenney Hanrahan present. 

The following occurred:


Drawing at Gibson City library will award Gibson Bucks

GIBSON CITY — Patrons of the Moyer District Library in Gibson City who check out materials at the library during April may enter a drawing that will award $25 in Gibson Bucks gift certificates. The winner’s name will be drawn at 10 a.m. April 30. To be eligible for the drawing, all one needs is a library card.


List of upcoming community events (March 29, 2018)

The Ford County Historical Society’s Water Tower Museum will be open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting April 7. The museum, which features Ford County history, is located behind Paxton City Hall, 145 S. Market St. There  is no charge for admission to the museum. For more information or to schedule visits or tours at other times, people can call 217-379-4111 or 217-379-3723.


List of upcoming community events (March 21, 2018)

Shepherd’s Closet in downtown Gibson City, a nonprofit store, is accepting donations of gently used prom dresses, shoes and accessories. With local proms approaching, the store has a mission to make every girl’s prom day a special one by offering affordable formal wear. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.


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