Arts and Entertainment

Former Buckley resident publishes 12th book — about her hometown

BUCKLEY — Naperville author Barbara Brabec recently published her 12th book, “Marcella’s Secret Dreams and Stories — A Mother’s Legacy,” which is a memoir and biography that features her parents, grandparents and her hometown of Buckley.


Puppet show to take place at Gibson City library

GIBSON CITY — A “Jack and the Beanstalk” puppet show will be presented by Anne Newman, director of the Paxton Carnegie Library, during the Moyer District Library’s afternoon story hour on Monday, Feb. 5.

Children of all ages are welcome to attend.


List of upcoming community events (Jan. 10, 2018)

Yarns and Threads, a group of people who enjoy knitting, crocheting, quilting, embroidery and all other sewing crafts, is inviting members of the public to join the group for its meetings held every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at the Paxton Carnegie Library.


Tri-Point FFA Alumni to hold auction Jan. 10

KEMPTON — The Tri-Point FFA Alumni will be holding its 19th annual Scholarship Auction on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the Kempton American Legion Hall.

The event begins with a complimentary meal at 5 p.m. A live auction begins at 6:30 p.m. Many silent auction items will be available beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the live auction.


Museum closed due to electrical issues

PAXTON — The Ford County Historical Society’s Water Tower Museum in downtown Paxton will be closed Saturday, Jan. 6, due to electrical problems.  It will next be open on Saturday, Feb. 3. For more information, people can call 217-379-4111 or 217-379-3723.


Melvin's Alicia Grimes releases new single

MELVIN — YouTube music sensation Alicia Grimes of Melvin has released a new single, “Jazz Walk,” which has already amassed more than 104 million SoundCloud streams.

As of early December, Grimes’ “Jazz Walk” video on YouTube had 687,365 views and 2,625,698 YouTube plays, while her new album, “The Album 43,” has had 214 million streams.


Popular light display makes return to Paxton

PAXTON — Victor Johnson’s popular animated Christmas light display has made its long-awaited return to his family’s home in Paxton.


Flag-raising ceremony set for Monday at Ford County courthouse

PAXTON — To kick off the state’s 200th birthday celebration, local elected officials will hold a flag-raising ceremony at noon Monday, Dec. 4, in front of the Ford County Courthouse.

Ford County Board member Chase McCall of Gibson City will read a proclamation while an employee of the county raises the Illinois Bicentennial Flag.


List of upcoming community events (Nov. 21, 2017)

The Brotherton-Keller VFW Post No. 6289 in Gibson City will be conducting its annual Christmas basket delivery on Saturday, Dec. 16. Food and monetary donations may be dropped off at the VFW post, located at 122 S. Lott Blvd., from 4 to 7 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.


Elliott church discontinues annual supper

ELLIOTT — Pontoppidan Lutheran Church in rural Elliott will no longer be holding its pancake and sausage supper that had been held for years on the first Thursday of December.

“The congregation would like to thank everybody for their past support for this supper,” said Ursula Hustedt, who is affiliated with the church.


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