Arts and Entertainment

Paxton Record's 150th anniversary bash set for Sept. 15

PAXTON — The Paxton Record will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a community ice cream social event to be held at Pells Park in Paxton on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

A variety of activities are being planned for the evening party, which begins at 4:30 p.m.

Rural Paxton farmstead turned into wedding venue

RURAL PAXTON — Old barns are a dying piece of America’s history, with now only about 3 million left of the 20 million or so that were around some 35 years ago. Even rarer are old barns that are still used — for weddings, of all things.

Chris Engelbrecht has gained an appreciation for the architectural and historical significance that barns have meant to the U.S. agriculture industry.

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

Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce to meet Sept. 3
GIBSON CITY — Members of the Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Thursday, Sept. 3, at Railside Golf Club in Gibson City. To reserve a seat, call at 217-249-1211.

Iroquois County Republicans to hold steak fry

Doctor to speak at next Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Breakfast

ONARGA — Dr. Donald Reese, a family practice physician for Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services, will be the featured speaker at the University of Illinois Extension’s next Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Breakfast, set for 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the UI Extension office in Onarga.

Paxton Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Contest & Festival getting bigger, better

PAXTON — Ben Grice thinks this year’s version of the Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival will be even more of an attraction both locally and regionally than those in years past, with a national blues act lined up to perform, a better selection of food vendors on hand, more businesses selling their wares on Market Street, more activities offered for children, and even more prize mon

Engelbrecht Grills & Cookers wins award

PAXTON — Engelbrecht Grills & Cookers’ worldwide reputation as a maker of luxury grills keeps growing.

In 2012, the Paxton-based company’s owner, Chris Engelbrecht, was commissioned to build a grill for the Obamas to give to David Cameron, prime minister of the United Kingdom.

Event to honor Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce's Amelie Beck

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce is holding an open house from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at Railside Golf Club in Gibson City to honor Amelie Beck, a longtime member and former president of the chamber board. Light snacks and soft drinks will be provided.

Swedish Heritage Day set for Saturday at Majestic Park

PAXTON — Swedish Heritage Day is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Majestic Park in downtown Paxton.

Webinars on child development offered to help parents of young children

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois Extension is offering a series of webinars this fall for new parents who want to gain knowledge on subjects that will help them and their child remain healthy, happy and emotionally sound.

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.

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