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List of upcoming community events (Feb. 3, 2016)

Arrowsmith Christian Church is hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3.

In conjunction with preregistration of courses for all eighth-graders, a high school orientation meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the commons area at Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High School.


List of upcoming community events (Jan. 27, 2016)

The first in a series of four “community engagement” sessions — being held to inform the public about options the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district is considering to address the future of its oldest learning center, PBL Eastlawn School — is set for 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at PBL Eastlawn School in Paxton.


Love of puppets turns into business for Gibson City man

By DIANE PERKINS
Ford County Record correspondent


GIBSON CITY — Mike O’Brien of Gibson City always adored puppets. Now he is taking that love to schools in the Bloomington-Normal area and helping students bring literature to life.


List of upcoming community events (Jan. 7, 2016)

The Ford County Historical Society’s Water Tower Museum will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 7 and March 6. On April 3, the museum will re-open for regular hours — every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 145 S. Market St. behind Paxton City Hall. There is no charge for admission.  For more information or to schedule a special visit, call 217-379-3723 or 217-379-4111.


State's attorney candidate to host meet-and-greet in Kempton

KEMPTON — A meet-and-greet event for Ford County state’s attorney candidate Lance Cagle of Fisher is set for 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the American Legion post at 212 First St. in Kempton.


Congressmen to be guest speakers at 2016 Lincoln Day Dinner

GIBSON CITY — The 2016 Ford County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the Kruse Center, 207 N. Lawrence St. (Illinois 54) in Gibson City.


List of upcoming community events (Dec. 10, 2015)

Nordic Total Fitness in downtown Paxton is partnering with Clara Peterson Elementary School to conduct a toy drive in which all toys collected will go to needy families in Paxton. From Dec. 1 through Dec. 14, Nordic Total Fitness, 207 N. Market St., is accepting donations of new toys, which will be given to local families in need who are identified by Clara Peterson Elementary School staff.


GCMS High sets Financial Aid Awareness and FAFSA Completion Night

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School students and their parents are encouraged to attend a Financial Aid Awareness and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Night at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, in the school’s media center.


List of upcoming community events (Dec. 2, 2015)

Nordic Total Fitness in downtown Paxton is partnering with Clara Peterson Elementary School to conduct a toy drive in which all toys collected will go to needy families in Paxton. From Dec. 1 through Dec. 14, Nordic Total Fitness, 207 N. Market St., is accepting donations of new toys, which will be given to local families in need who are identified by Clara Peterson Elementary School staff.


Soloists to be featured in 'The Messiah'

GIBSON CITY — Area singers and professional musicians will combine to present Handel’s well-known work, “The Messiah,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Gibson City Bible Church on Illinois 47 on Gibson City’s west side.

The Gibson Area Music Foundation sponsors the annual performance, which is again being directed by Willie Summerville of Champaign.


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