Canaan Smith, LoCash headline Ford County Fair concert

Ford County Record correspondent

MELVIN — Country music will again hit the fairgrounds during the Ford County Fair in Melvin as Nashville recording artists Canaan Smith and LoCash headline the annual concert on Friday, June 24.

Love of puppets turns into business for Gibson City man

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Mike O’Brien of Gibson City always adored puppets. Now he is taking that love to schools in the Bloomington-Normal area and helping students bring literature to life.

Rural Ludlow woman to appear on 'Wheel of Fortune'

CULVER CITY, Calif. — Brenna Schluter has a word of advice for people who are considering becoming a contestant on “Wheel of Fortune.” They might want to start working out.

“The wheel, it is heavy,” said Schluter, who will be a contestant on the show at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, on WAND. “They give you spinning lessons ahead of the show.”

List of upcoming community events (Oct. 28, 2015)

Taste of Home Cooking School headed to Champaign on Thursday

Bourbon Smoke BBQ wins grand champ honors at 4th annual Paxton Swine 'N' Dine

PAXTON — Jason Ishcomer and his buddies used “Big Bertha” — a massive, $10,000, factory-built triple-door Horizon smoker — to win Saturday’s fourth annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival.

But, as members of Ishcomer’s Bourbon Smoke BBQ team noted, the expensive cooking device is not the key to their success.

Corey Dennison to headline Paxton concert this Saturday

PAXTON — Corey Dennison’s first time in Paxton — a stop at the Arcade Cafe & Pancake House on the morning after he attended a friend’s wedding in Champaign — probably won’t be quite like his second.

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.

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

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.

'Hiring and Firing in Illinois' to be topic of next Lunch & Learn event

PAXTON — Dr. Garrett Smith will present the program “Hiring and Firing in Illinois” during the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s next Lunch & Learn event, scheduled for noon Thursday, Aug. 27, at the American Legion building at 763 E. Pells St. in Paxton.

Lunch will be provided. The cost to attend is $8 per person.

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