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Kinzinger to hold traveling office hours in Ford, Iroquois counties

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s office will hold traveling office hours in Ford and Iroquois counties this week.

The office hours will be held:

— From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Sullivant Township building, 125 W. Ohio St., Sibley.

— From 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, at the Loda American Legion Hall, 107 E. Adams St., Loda.

'American Pickers' star plans to visit Paxton antique shop

PAXTON — As if winning a chance to go “picking” with  one of the stars of cable television’s hit series “American Pickers” wasn’t enough, Robin McNish recently received word that Frank Fritz plans to come to Paxton to visit her antique shop in September.

Ford County Republicans selling tickets for gun raffle on Labor Day weekend

PAXTON — The Ford County Republican Party is selling tickets for a gun raffle it will hold Labor Day weekend.

One gun will be awarded to each of the three ticket holders whose names are drawn at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, during the Ford County GOP’s cookout fundraiser at the Paxton IGA, 144 W. Pells St. Winners are not required to be present to win.

Ford County Public Health Department slates Aug. 1 open house

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department will host an open house Friday, Aug. 1, for the public to learn about the new agency’s services.

The Ford County Public Health Department began operation July 1 following the dissolution of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department. Like Ford County, neighboring Iroquois County opened its own health department July 1.

Watseka's Fischer named 2014 Miss Iroquois County Fair Queen

CRESCENT CITY — Brittany Fischer of Watseka was crowned 2014 Miss Iroquois County Fair Queen on Wednesday night by 2013 fair queen Kymber Nakaerts of Clifton.

Fischer, the daughter of Darrin and Julie Fischer, is a 2012 graduate of Watseka High School. Fischer will be attending Olivet University this fall, majoring in elementary education.

Loda Good Ole Days celebration adding to offerings this year

LODA — Organizers of the Loda Good Ole Days celebration have steadily added more events and activities to the three-day festival since they resurrected it four years ago.

List of upcoming community events (July 16, 2014)

Tour of old jail, sheriff’s residence to be given July 18

Man to spend next 25 days getting benefit concert lined up

MELVIN — A rural Piper City man is turning his attention to the Ford County fairgrounds as a possible venue for a large heavy-metal concert that would raise funds to start a Veterans Assistance Commission in Ford County.

Piper City street dance to be rescheduled

PIPER CITY — The village board is looking for alternate dates for a street dance originally slated for Aug. 23. A conflict with the original date has caused the board to look for another time on the calendar.

Farm tractor calendar founder to be featured at farm show in Penfield

PENFIELD – John Harvey looks at it as American history, not just farm history.

Harvey, founder of the Classic Farm Tractor Calendar, found a niche that is near and dear to many people’s hearts when he started the calendar a quarter-century ago.

Many love the nostalgia of old farm equipment.

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