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PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda FFA chapter’s 27th annual Farm Toy Show is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at PBL High School in Paxton.
In addition to a gym full of vendors selling miniature replicas of farm machinery, there will be a silent auction, door prizes, a children’s pedal tractor pull and concessions.
PAXTON — The Tri-County Players will present the comedy “Noodles,” by L. Don Swartz, on Feb. 13-15 and Feb. 20-22 at the Market Street Theater, 120 N. Market St., Paxton.
Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.
ROCKLIN, Calif. — Nanci Lee Custer Woody, a graduate of Paxton High School and Eastern Illinois University, has been writing fiction since she retired from teaching at a Sacramento community college. Her first novel, “Tears and Trombones,” was published by the Sand Hill Review Press in San Mateo, Calif.
GIBSON CITY — Illinois’ newly elected lieutenant governor, Evelyn Sanguinetti, will be the guest speaker for the 2015 Ford County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner, scheduled for noon Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Kruse Center, 207 N. Lawrence St., Gibson City.
A reception for Sanguinetti will begin at noon, with the dinner and program starting at 12:30.
GIBSON CITY — Eleven-year-old Bella Rose’s first lead role in a movie likely won’t be her last.
PAXTON — A newly formed Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group will hold its first meeting at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at the Church of the Nazarene, 302 W. State St., Paxton.
PIPER CITY — Staffers for U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, will visit Piper City, Clifton and Cissna Park on Tuesday, Jan. 20.
MELVIN — Kirk Miller of Melvin was re-elected president of the Ford County Fair Board at the board’s annual meeting Jan. 3.
Dallas Meyer of Thawville and Corinne Brown of Paxton were re-elected vice president and secretary/treasurer, respectively.
SPRINGFIELD — Ford County Fair Queen Haley Brokate and Iroquois County Fair Queen Brittany Fischer of Watseka will be among 74 county fair queens in Illinois who will compete in the 56th annual Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs State Queen Pageant on Jan. 15-18 at the Crown Plaza Convention Center in Springfield.
BAYLES LAKE — Scott Garrelts, a 1979 graduate of Buckley-Loda High School who went on to become an All-Star pitcher for the San Fransisco Giants, will be the featured speaker at the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting on Monday, April 6.