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Popular light display makes return to Paxton

PAXTON — Victor Johnson’s popular animated Christmas light display has made its long-awaited return to his family’s home in Paxton.


Flag-raising ceremony set for Monday at Ford County courthouse

PAXTON — To kick off the state’s 200th birthday celebration, local elected officials will hold a flag-raising ceremony at noon Monday, Dec. 4, in front of the Ford County Courthouse.

Ford County Board member Chase McCall of Gibson City will read a proclamation while an employee of the county raises the Illinois Bicentennial Flag.


List of upcoming community events (Nov. 21, 2017)

The Brotherton-Keller VFW Post No. 6289 in Gibson City will be conducting its annual Christmas basket delivery on Saturday, Dec. 16. Food and monetary donations may be dropped off at the VFW post, located at 122 S. Lott Blvd., from 4 to 7 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.


Elliott church discontinues annual supper

ELLIOTT — Pontoppidan Lutheran Church in rural Elliott will no longer be holding its pancake and sausage supper that had been held for years on the first Thursday of December.

“The congregation would like to thank everybody for their past support for this supper,” said Ursula Hustedt, who is affiliated with the church.


Gold Star Mother to speak at GCMS Veteran's Day celebration

GIBSON CITY — A Veteran’s Day celebration is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the gymnasium at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School.

The community is invited to attend the ceremony, which will include a keynote presentation by Vonda Rodgers, a Gold Star Mother, and performances by the students of the GCMS school district.


List of upcoming community events (Oct. 25, 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.


Craft party, painting party set at Gibson City library

GIBSON CITY — A craft party followed by a painting party are scheduled for early November at the Moyer District Library in Gibson City.

During the craft party, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 9, participants will construct a lit-up snowman made from wreaths, including a floral spray and initial to personalize the décor.


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.


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