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Eric Hyatt: 'I appreciate all of your support'

GIBSON CITY — A benefit held Saturday for Gibson City police officer Eric Hyatt, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2010, was Hyatt’s first and only benefit.

Over the past five years, Hyatt was too reluctant to have one.


'Hiring and Firing in Illinois' to be topic of next Lunch & Learn event

PAXTON — Dr. Garrett Smith will present the program “Hiring and Firing in Illinois” during the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s next Lunch & Learn event, scheduled for noon Thursday, Aug. 27, at the American Legion building at 763 E. Pells St. in Paxton.

Lunch will be provided. The cost to attend is $8 per person.


Rockin' Route 9 concert slated for Aug. 15 at Pells Park

PAXTON — A free concert at Pells Park in Paxton — “Rockin’ Route 9” — is set for 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, featuring performances by State of Grace, Weston Henry and D.J. Tommy C.

Food will be available from Central Lean, Dawn’s Kettle Corn adn Monical’s Pizza.

There will also be a bounce house and games.

The event is sponsored by the Paxton United Methodist Church.


Gibson City library to host card-making sessions Aug. 11

GIBSON CITY — The Moyer District Library in Gibson City is hosting a card-making class on Tuesday, Aug. 11. Persons can attend either of two sessions offered: from 1-3 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. The course will be led by Mary McCormick. The cost is $10 to make four cards.
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Upcoming Hymn Festival's theme is 'The History of Popular Music in Hymnody'

GIBSON CITY — The annual Hymn Festival sponsored by the Gibson Area Music Foundation will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City.

Attendees at the seventh annual event will enjoy singing selected hymns with background information given about each.


Paxton Swine 'N Dine BBQ Cookoff & Festival set for Sept. 19

PAXTON — The fourth annual Paxton Swine ‘N Dine BBQ Cookoff & Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 19, in downtown Paxton.

The event will feature barbecue cookoffs in two categories: ribs and chicken.

“We may throw in some special categories if we can,” organizers Dave Mabrey and Ben Grice said in an email to last year’s contestants.


Cissna Park's annual Old Settlers Reunion set for Aug. 13-15

CISSNA PARK — Cissna Park’s 128th annual Old Settlers Reunion — one of the longest-running observances in Illinois — is set for Aug. 13-15 at the village park.

The event has been sponsored by American Legion Post 527 since 1946. Prior to that, going back to 1887, it was sponsored by a variety of community organizations.


Section of U.S. 45 in Iroquois County dedicated to Loda veterans

LODA — The more than 600 residents of Loda Township who have served in America’s Armed Forces over the past 200-plus years were honored Saturday as a six-mile portion of U.S. 45 was dedicated as the Veterans of Loda Township Highway.


Alleged illegal liquor sales prompt appearance by police at Loda event

LODA — The president of the Loda Village Board was approached by police officers Saturday after someone alleged illegal liquor sales were occurring at the annual Loda Good Ole Days celebration.


Community Give-Away set for Aug. 7-8 in Paxton

PAXTON — The Paxton Community Give-Away will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, and from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Upper Room Bible Church, 425 W. Orleans St., Paxton.

Everything will be given away free of charge. Available will be clothes, ranging from baby clothes to plus sizes, as well as shoes for the whole family.


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