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Pork Chop Kickoff set for Friday

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s annual Pork Chop Kickoff is set for Friday, Aug. 17, at the high school/junior high school in Paxton.

The event celebrates the start of the high school sports season.

The event begins at 3 p.m. with photos taken of fall athletes.

Pork chops will be served to the public starting at 4:45 p.m.


List of upcoming community events (Aug. 8, 2018)

The Gibson City Senior Citizens Club is inviting all people over age 55 to attend a potluck supper on the fourth Thursday of each month from March through October. The club meets at 5 p.m. at the Telecare building near the city’s South Park. Fried chicken and a cold drink is provided. Attendees are asked to bring their own table service.


Mitch Craig to share experiences from hike through Appalachian Trail

GIBSON CITY —  Mitchell Craig, son of Moyer District Library Director Sharon Heavilin, will be sharing his experiences on his recent adventure hiking more than 1,000 miles on the Appalachian Trail during a question-and-answer session scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the library in Gibson City.

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List of upcoming community events (Aug. 1, 2018)

The Gibson City Senior Citizens Club is inviting all people over age 55 to attend a potluck supper on the fourth Thursday of each month from March through October. The club meets at 5 p.m. at the Telecare building near the city’s South Park. Fried chicken and a cold drink is provided. Attendees are asked to bring their own table service.


Churches, organizations to ‘pour out’ into community

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City churches and organizations are coming together to “pour out” into the community on Saturday, Aug. 25, and Sunday, Aug. 26.


Hymn Fest to be directed by former M-S chorus leader

GIBSON CITY — The annual Hymn Festival sponsored by the Gibson Area Music Foundation will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City.


Sunday's truck/tractor pull in Loda to be held in memory of its co-founder

LODA — It was over a couple of “cold beverages” that longtime friends Danny Starkey and Dwain Weber decided to start a truck and tractor pull in conjunction with the annual Loda Good Ole Days celebration. The two Loda men had been competing in such events around the area, and they thought it would make a nice addition to the three-day festival.


Beer, food outside to be included in next Friday Night Cruise in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s next Friday Night Cruise is set for 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 20, in the downtown area.

The cruises are held on the third Friday of each month through September.


Five vying for Iroquois County fair queen’s title

CRESCENT CITY — Five young women from Iroquois County will vie for the title of 2018 Miss Iroquois County Fair Queen during this year’s pageant, scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the grandstand at the fairgrounds north of Crescent City.

Contestants include:


Kaiti Zbinden named 2018 Ford County Fair Queen

MELVIN — Kaiti Zbinden did her best to hide her nervousness when she took the stage in the dance building at the Ford County fairgrounds in Melvin for her first beauty pageant since she was a young girl.

“I was extremely nervous,” the 19-year-old Gibson City woman said. “I was shaking.”


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