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Paxton's Fourth of July celebration all set

PAXTON — The schedule is set for the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration at Pells Park.

The celebration, set for Saturday, July 4, begins with breakfast at the American Legion building across from Pells Park from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.


Ford County Republican Women's Club changes meeting dates, times

PAXTON — The Ford County Republican Women’s Club has changed the dates and times of its monthly meetings.

The club has elected to meet on the second Saturday of every other month at 8:30 a.m. Meetings will rotate between the Arcade Cafe & Pancake House in Paxton and the Moyer  District Library in Gibson City. 


Ford County Public Health Department to celebrate one-year anniversary

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department will celebrate the completion of its first year in operation with an open house from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at its office in Paxton.

Cookies and punch will be served at the event, which will also honor retiring APS caseworker Marcia Peznowski.


Rankin cancels Independence Day festivities, except for fireworks

RANKIN — Rankin’s annual Independence Day celebration, scheduled for June 26-27, has been canceled due to wet weather, but fireworks will still be offered, just at a later date.

Fireworks will be done Sunday, July 5, at dusk. Also on July 5, the Rankin Lions Club will be holding a fish dinner from noon at 8 p.m. at the Rankin Lions Club building on Illinois 49.


Plans finalized for Sibley's 4th of July celebration

SIBLEY — Plans have been finalized for the annual Fourth of July Celebration in Sibley.

This year’s parade theme is “Celebrate Rural America.” 

Activities on Saturday, July 4, begin at 9 a.m. with a children’s catch-and-release fishing derby at Sibley Lake. Each fisherman is asked to bring their own bait and a 5-gallon bucket to hold their catch.


Eight to vie for Ford County Fair queen's crown

MELVIN — Eight contestants will vie for the title of Miss Ford County 2015 during the Miss Ford County Fair Queen Pageant scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, June 22, in the dance building on the fairgrounds in Melvin. 

The contestants are:


Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics to pass through area on Thursday

PAXTON — Police officers and community members will bike and run through a number of area towns when the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois takes place Thursday, June 11.

Ford County sheriff’s deputy Dave Kaeding, who participates in the event annually, said he is hoping to have about 50 participants this year.


Paxton Community Give-Away set for Friday, Saturday at Upper Room Church

PAXTON — The Paxton Community Give-Away will be held Friday, June 5, and Saturday, June 6, at the Upper Room Bible Church, 425 W. Orleans St., Paxton.

During the two-day event, items donated by individuals and local businesses will be given away — free of charge — to anyone who wants them. There are no income-eligibility requirements.


Walk bridge to be dedicated to the late Clayton Hale on Saturday

PAXTON — The Orleans Street pedestrian bridge in Paxton will be dedicated to the late Clayton Hale at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 6.


Iroquois County Genealogy Society offers free help in researching family history

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Genealogy Society is offering free help to area residents in researching their family’s history between June 22 and June 26.


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