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Paxton shooting range open June 2

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department’s shooting range will be open to the public for target practice, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2.

The daily fee is $10 per person.

The fee covers the person’s right to use the property and shooting targets, but people still need to provide their own gun, ammunition and ear and eye protection.


Drug court graduation ceremony for Frankie Ward set for Wednesday

PAXTON — In celebration of National Drug Court Month, Ford County’s drug court will hold a graduation ceremony for Frankie Ward at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the Ford County Courthouse in Paxton.


Gibson City starting Friday Night Cruise Nights

GIBSON CITY — On the third Friday of every month this summer, Gibson City’s main drag should be a happening place.


Illinois' first female CSI pens book about her career

PAXTON — When Jodi Barth drives down Interstate 57 south of Paxton these days, she can’t help but remember April 7, 1979.

It was on that day that two police officers and one civilian were killed in a bloody gunfight at the 259 mile marker, with one other officer injured.

Early in her career as a state police crime-scene technician, Barth processed that crime scene.


Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive set for May 12

The 26th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is Saturday, May 12.

Sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the food drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns. The post office in Gibson City is participating, but Paxton's post office is not this year due to being short on staff.


Tickets on sale for Paxton fire department's gun raffle

PAXTON — The Paxton fire department is selling tickets for $100 each for its gun raffle to be held Saturday, June 9, at the firehouse at 310 N. Market St. in downtown Paxton.

A total of 400 tickets are being sold for the raffle, which will award as the first-place prize a Sig Sauer SIGMA 400 .223 with Romeo4H Red Dot Sight. The second-place prize is a DPMS Panther Oracle .308.


List of upcoming community events (May 1, 2018)

Raffle tickets are on sale for a drawing to be held Wednesday, June 13, at the Gibson City American Legion post that will award the winner a Pit Boss pellet smoker valued at $500, plus a $50 Big R gift card toward pellets. Tickets cost $5 each or three for $10 or six for $20. People do not need to be present at the drawing to win. Proceeds will go toward a proposed skatepark in Gibson City.


Author: ‘Don’t think you’re not good enough to write’

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Growing up in both Gibson City and Barrington, Whitney Dineen had a learning disability and was unable to understand what she was reading.


Historical tours of Gibson City cemetery set for June 9

GIBSON CITY — Historical tours of Drummer Township Cemetery in Gibson City, the third of a series of annual events featuring Gibson City history, will be held Saturday, June 9, at the cemetery located at 419 S. West St., with performances at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.


List of upcoming community events (April 25, 2018)

Raffle tickets are on sale for a drawing to be held Wednesday, June 13, at the Gibson City American Legion post that will award the winner a Pit Boss pellet smoker valued at $500, plus a $50 Big R gift card toward pellets. Tickets cost $5 each or three for $10 or six for $20. People do not need to be present at the drawing to win. Proceeds will go toward a proposed skatepark in Gibson City.


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