Arts and Entertainment

Auditions to be held Aug. 11 for 'Pie Ladies'

PAXTON — The Tri-County Players theater group will offer auditions for its next production, “Pie Ladies,” on Monday, Aug. 11, from 7-9 p.m.

Auditions may also be arranged by appointment.

“Pie Ladies” is a three-part comedy spoof in which several women pick up their rolling pins to make pies for a church supper, get themselves into a world of trouble and end up in jail.


Sibley firehouse to host open house/appreciation event on Aug. 2

SIBLEY — The Sullivant Township Fire Protection District is hosting a public open house and community appreciation event at its firehouse in Sibley at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2.

Volunteer firefighters will be serving grilled bratwurst, pork patties and sandwich chops from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as supplies last. Free-will donations will be accepted.


First Baptist Church in Paxton offers Vacation Bible School in August

PAXTON — The First Baptist Church in Paxton is hosting Vacation Bible School from Monday, Aug. 4, through Wednesday, Aug. 6, for children age 4 through fourth grade.

Registration forms can be completed ahead of time at www.fbcpaxton.org. Advance registration is not required.

The Vacation Bible School meets each day from 6-8 p.m. at the church, located at 430 S. High St., Paxton.


Gibson Area Chamber schedules Community Appreciation Dinner at park

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Community Appreciation Dinner is scheduled for 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, in the pavilion at the North Park in Gibson City. The meal consists of all-you-can-eat fish, along with baked beans, coleslaw, bread and a drink for $5. Carryout orders will also be available. Also, ice cream will be available for purchase.


Barickman sets mobile office hours in area communities

Staff from state Sen. Jason Barickman’s office will be holding mobile office hours in several communities on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

“This is an opportunity to speak with staff members regarding any questions or concerns with state government,” a news release said.


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.


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