Arts and Entertainment

Farm Toy Show set for Feb. 14 at PBL High School

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.

'Noodles' to be performed at Paxton theater in February

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.

Homecoming queen of 1957 publishes first novel

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. 

Lieutenant governor to speak at Ford County Republican Lincon Day Dinner

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 girl is lead actress in 'The Forgiven'

GIBSON CITY — Eleven-year-old Bella Rose’s first lead role in a movie likely won’t be her last.

MOPS group to start meeting at Paxton church

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.

Congressman's staffers to stop by Piper City, Clifton, Cissna Park

PIPER CITY — Staffers for U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, will visit Piper City, Clifton and Cissna Park on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Miller re-elected president of Ford County Fair board

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.

Ford, Iroquois fair queens to compete for state crown

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.

Ex-Giants pitcher Scott Garrelts to speak to Paxton Area Chamber

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.

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