NSDAR chapter meets at Paxton hotel

PAXTON — Members of the Gov. Thomas Ford chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) met at the Cobblestone Hotel & Suites in Paxton for their Nov. 5 meeting. 

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.

Gibson City's annual 'Messiah' performances started in 1944

GIBSON CITY — The upcoming performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will mark the 75th year since Handel’s famous oratorio was first performed in Gibson City. This article looks at some of the performance highlights.

Teacher starts tradition

GCMS football: 'It's all people want to talk about right now'

GIBSON CITY — No matter where one goes in Gibson City these days, the hot topic of discussion is the local high school football team.

Fight for ‘a more perfect union’

PAXTON — Talking with one tough Marine, it’s impressive that Hazel Peterson was in the first class of women to be able to enlist to help in the World War II effort.

She grew up on the South Side of Chicago, four miles from Lake Michigan, and she was taught patriotism from her grade school days.

Gibson City mayor, his son witness 'jawdropping' Hurricane Michael

MARIANNA, Fla. — It was around 2 p.m. last Wednesday when the ravaging winds of Hurricane Michael hit the small city in Jackson County, Florida, where Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey and his son, Jacob, were staying.

Gibson City playground improved with handicapped-accessible features

GIBSON CITY — Just a few years ago, the playground at Gibson City’s North Park lacked variety. There was a merry-go-round, some old belt swings, a few rocking horses and a cabin-like structure.

Gibson City Rotary Club selling 2019 calendars

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Rotary Club is selling 2019 calendars highlighting local organizations each month.

The 8-by-10-inch colorful calendars are available for a $20 donation to the club and can be purchased by contacting Susie Tongate at 217-784-5672 or

Loda library welcomes new director

LODA  — After living and working for decades in the Chicago suburbs, Teri Hennessy has fallen in love with the small-town life.

The 68-year-old Hennessy retired from a 27-year career in education in June 2015 and moved permanently to Bayles Lake in rural Loda.

Custodian back to work just 6 weeks after double-knee replacement

GIBSON CITY — After having both of his knees replaced with artificial joints, Carl Welch could have taken more time to rest. The six weeks of work he missed could have been eight or 10, or even more.

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