City donates $6,000 toward Paxton Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Contest & Festival

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council voted 6-0 Tuesday night to donate $6,000 toward the eighth annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival, an event that is expected to again feature a concert headlined by a nationally known musical act.

75th annual 'Messiah' performance set for Sunday in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — This year’s “Messiah” performance will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Gibson City Bible Church, located on Gibson City’s west side at 309 N. Illinois 47.

Travis Tritt headlines Ford County Fair concert

MELVIN — Nashville recording artist Travis Tritt headlines this year’s concert at the Ford County Fair in Melvin. Opening the concert will be Craig Campbell, and a post-concert party features Jordan Davis.

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.

Gold Star Mother to speak at GCMS Veteran's Day celebration

GIBSON CITY — A Veteran’s Day celebration is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the gymnasium at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School.

The community is invited to attend the ceremony, which will include a keynote presentation by Vonda Rodgers, a Gold Star Mother, and performances by the students of the GCMS school district.

Beth Nuss — creator of Fighting Illini 'war chant' — not happy about ban

CHAMPAIGN — During the 1980-81 school year, as Lou Henson was on the sidelines at the Assembly Hall leading his Fighting Illini men’s basketball team, Beth Nuss turned to her fellow University of Illinois pep band members and asked them to play a simple melody.

PBL's Williams seeing the U.S. as member of Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps

MILWAUKEE — Garet Williams misses the comforts of home, but he realizes that being comfortable isn’t the point of his summerlong journey across the nation.

'Messiah' to feature mix of new, returning favorites

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Music Foundation’s annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Gibson City Bible Church.

'Messiah' performance to feature Gail Payne

GIBSON CITY — A professional singer with strong family ties to the Gibson City area will be performing once again as a soloist in this year’s performance of Handel’s “Messiah.”

The performance will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Gibson City Bible Church, located on the west edge of Gibson City along Illinois 47.

Q&A with the Kilborn Alley Blues Band

The Kilborn Alley Blues Band will make its second appearance in as many years in downtown Paxton on Saturday, Sept. 17, as one of four bands performing at the fifth annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival.

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