Paxton seeks state approval for using funds on streetscape project

PAXTON — By the end of this year, the city of Paxton hopes to have secured the state’s approval for the city to use its remaining $1.2 million in revolving-loan funds toward the improvement of Paxton’s downtown streetscape.

NAPA Autoparts moving from downtown Paxton to West Ottawa Road

PAXTON — NAPA Autoparts is hoping to open a store in a new location in Paxton by the end of this month.

Mayor Bill Ingold said during a Paxton City Council committee meeting last week that NAPA would be relocating from its present location at 108 W. State St. downtown to a vacant building at 100 W. Ottawa Road that once housed a Family Dollar store.

Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal linked to salmonella outbreak

SPRINGFIELD — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined through an investigation that Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal is the likely source of a multi-state salmonella outbreak.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said one case of salmonella matches the multi-state outbreak strain. The CDC has reported 73 cases of Salmonella Mbandaka from 31 states.

Trophy in Record office named after late Gibson City Courier publisher

The big trophy that sits just inside the front window of the Ford County Record’s office in downtown Paxton is named in memory of David B. Kramer, a second-generation publisher of newspapers in Gibson City, Monticello, Bement, LeRoy, Lexington, Chenoa, Colfax and Saybrook.

The trophy was established in his memory after Mr. Kramer died on Feb. 24, 2014. He was 85.

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.

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