Ford County Record named best small, non-daily newspaper in Illinois

NORMAL — After several years of near-misses, the Ford County Record finally has claimed the top prize in the Illinois Press Association’s annual Excellence in News Contest.

Sponsors for Railside's hole-in-one contest sought

GIBSON CITY — Railside Golf Course in Gibson City is looking for 36 area businesses to each provide $100 to be used toward a $600 prize that would be awarded to every golfer who gets a hole-in-one at the course’s infamous par-3 sixth hole, known as the “Train Wreck.” 

Curtis, Galvin join Paxton Area Chamber board

PAXTON — Austin Curtis and Holly Galvin have joined the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors.

Famous cartoonist's drawings found under wallpaper in Sibley


SIBLEY — Ford County’s most well-known cartoonist is undoubtedly Russell Johnson, a lifelong Gibson City resident who for years wrote the Mister Oswald comic strip from his home and published it in national trade magazines.

Downtown Sibley being brought back to past glory


SIBLEY — As one drives through Sibley, it is easy to see what the town used to be like.

The northwest Ford County village of 250 people was once a vibrant community that featured many of the same amenities and features that are now only found in larger municipalities.

Insurance Providers Group's office in Roberts to close

ROBERTS — The Roberts Village Board, with all trustees present except Kathy Schurr, learned that Insurance Providers Group would be closing its office on Green Street in Roberts on June 1.

Also during the meeting:

➜ The board agreed to seek cost estimates for the replacement of light fixtures at the Village Hall with LED fixtures.

Loda's pavilion finally being repaired — and village won't pay for any labor

LODA — The pavilion at Loda’s park was being refurbished this week, and the construction company doing the work is not charging the village anything for the labor provided.

SBA offers help to residents affected by severe storms, flooding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Illinois businesses and residents affected by the severe storms and  flooding from Feb. 14 through March 4 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Linda McMahon announced.

License allowing video-gambling machines OK'd by Buckley trustees

BUCKLEY — Buckley Village Board members voted 5-0 Monday night, with Trustee Keith Hartke absent, to issue a Type A liquor license to Rajir Ghotra for the Buckley Store to allow video-gambling machines there.

Bluefish Cafe going mobile


ELLIOTT — Regular diners might have noticed that the Bluefish Cafe in Elliott has been closed much of the last couple weeks. They might have also heard rumors that the longtime Elliott gathering spot is going out of business.

Not so, according to owner Angie Rouley.

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