Arts and Entertainment

Float entries sought for Lighted Holiday Parade

GIBSON CITY — The 23rd Annual Lighted Holiday Parade sponsored by the Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce will be held at 6;30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in downtown Gibson City.

The parade’s theme this year is “Presents on Parade.” The theme was submitted by second-grader Coben Phillips as part of a contest asking kids to choose it.


The Jeremy Werner show has a Paxton connection

URBANA — When Jeremy Werner and Austin Burklund first met, it was at a basketball practice at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.

It was 2009, Werner recalled. It was not long after Werner had started his first full-time sports reporting job — at what was then known as the Paxton Record and is now known as the Ford County Record.


List of upcoming community events (Sept. 20, 2017)

The Bellflower Area Christmas Cantata is in need of participants. Anyone from Bellflower and surrounding communities is invited to join other singers in the annual event. There are no auditions. The first organizational meeting will be held in early October. Rehearsals will be scheduled in October and November, and the cantata will be performed in early December.


Camp wins grand champ honors in Paxton Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Contest

PAXTON — After landing reserve champion honors for the first time in his barbecue cookoff career during last year’s Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival, Marcus Camp claimed the top prize in this year’s event: grand champion.


Children's novel author visits Paxton

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


PAXTON — While on their way home from dropping off their older son at college in northeastern Indiana, Paxton residents Craig and Candi Riecks bought their youngest son, Caiden, a book at a bookstore.


Home-brewed beer sampling now allowed at special events in Paxton

PAXTON — People who make home-brewed beer can now provide samples of their tasty creations during special events held in Paxton.

The council voted 8-0 Tuesday to approve an ordinance establishing a “homebrewer special event license.”


Toy drive in memory of Alex Faulkner under way

PAXTON — Each September, during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, friends and family of the late Alex Faulkner collect toys to fill the treasure chest at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Peoria, where Faulkner was treated for cancer for three years.


List of upcoming community events (Sept. 6, 2017)

The Bellflower Area Christmas Cantata is in need of participants. Anyone from Bellflower and surrounding communities is invited to join other singers in the annual event. There are no auditions. The first organizational meeting will be held in early October. Rehearsals will be scheduled in October and November, and the cantata will be performed in early December.


Expanded Harvest Fest set for weekend

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s annual Harvest Fest, which began in 2015 as a single-day event, has expanded this year to a two-day festival featuring numerous bands, vendors and entertainment.


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.


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