Arts and Entertainment

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.


Barickman to speak to Ford County GOP on Aug. 8

KEMPTON — The Ford County Republican Central Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 8 at Tom’s Bar & Grill in Kempton.

On the meeting’s agenda is an update from Springfield by state Sen. Jason Barickman.

The meeting is open to the public.


National Sweetcorn Festival to feature John Michael Montgomery in concert

HOOPESTON — The 72nd annual National Sweetcorn Festival is scheduled for Labor Day weekend (Sept. 3-7) in Hoopeston.


Tickets available for bus trip to 2015 Quilt Expo in Wisconsin

PAXTON — The public is invited to join members of the Piece Makers Quilt Club for a day trip to the 2015 Quilt Expo on Friday, Sept. 11, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.

A bus leaves Hardee’s in Paxton at 5 a.m. Sept. 11. Doors to the quilt show open at 9 a.m. The bus will depart from the quilt show at 4:30 p.m., stopping for dinner on the way back to Paxton.


Fundraiser for Paxton Animal Shelter set for July 25

PAXTON — A fundraiser for the Paxton Animal Shelter will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 25, in the pavilion at Pells Park in Paxton.


Paxton High School's class of 1975 reunites

PAXTON — The largest class to graduate from Paxton High School held its 40-year reunion Saturday, June 27, 2015. 

Fifty-three class members and 31 guests of the 1975 Paxton Mustangs stampeded into town from all over the country to celebrate and rekindle friendships at the local watering trough, The Arcade Cafe in Paxton. Hors d’oeuvres, drinks, dinner and story sharing followed.


Studio Visit: Alicia Grimes

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, The News-Gazette’s Melissa Merli chats with Alicia Grimes of Melvin. The alternative rap artist has amassed more than 1.1 million Twitter followers, more than 440,000 Facebook followers, more than 30,000 likes on her Facebook fan page and more than 550,000 plays on SoundCloud. She also works in marketing on a freelance basis.


Art gallery, residence eyed for old railroad depot building in Paxton

PAXTON — An old brick building situated just west of the railroad that runs through Paxton would be turned into an art gallery and residence if Paxton’s zoning board of appeals signs off on the plans.


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