Living

Ford County’s oldest commercial building being renovated

PAXTON — With their 11-foot ceilings and 8-foot windows overlooking downtown Paxton, the apartments on the second floor of Remembrance Hall should go quickly once they are ready for occupancy, Royce Baier expects.


Several ways to support Gibson City playground project

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Rotary Club is on its final stretch of fundraising for additional work that the club plans to do at the city’s North Park playground.


Gibson City's Lunde to celebrate 90th birthday

GIBSON CITY — Dorothy Lunde of Gibson City will be celebrating her 90th birthday this month.

To celebrate, her family will be hosting a community pie and card reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Gibson City Bible Church.


Wurmnest wins weekly Rotary Club drawing

GIBSON CITY — Becky Wurmnest won a six-month membership to Choose 2 Change Fitness in Gibson City through the Gibson City Rotary Club’s weekly drawing on Jan. 10 as part of the club’s 2018 calendar fundraiser.


Miss Ford County to compete in state fair queen pageant

SPRINGFIELD — Miss Ford County 2017, Kelsey Vaughn, will compete in the 2018 Illinois Association of Agricultural Fair State Queen Pageant at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield from Thursday, Jan. 18, through Sunday, Jan. 21.


Crash victims 'both had a heart of gold'

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Family members remember Kelsey Bridgwater-Fottler and Charly Jesse as being more like sisters than first cousins, as the two shared many moments together.


Ford has high score in Paxton bridge club gathering

PAXTON — The Bid ‘n Bye Bridge Club met at Monical’s Pizza in Paxton on Jan. 2 with Norma Pittman serving as hostess. 

Earning the high score for the afternoon was Marilyn Ford.  Placing second was Pittman. Lucille Symmonds had the low score. 

The club’s next meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Monical’s with Pittman serving as hostess.


Gibson City Rotary Club announces winners in calendar contest

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Rotary Club kicked off 2018 by naming two winners in the club’s 2018 calendar fundraiser.

Front & Center Gallery provided a $250 cash bonus prize on New Year’s Day. The winning calendar number drawn Jan. 1 was “9-2-9,” and Rotarian Nicole McNary purchased that calendar and won the $250 cash prize.


Hoops for Alex set for Jan. 11

PAXTON — The plan is for the student manager for Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High’s boys’ basketball teams to suit up for this week’s final home game of the season.

If he’s feeling up to it, Alex Jones might even get to play.


Cops deliver Christmas meals to families in need

PAXTON — About 50 families in Ford County were to receive a free Christmas meal Friday, courtesy of the Illini Lodge 17 Fraternal Order of Police’s food basket program.

Ford County sheriff’s deputy Dave Kaeding stopped by the Paxton Police Department on Friday morning, towing some 30 food baskets, along with hams and turkeys, using a trailer attached to his sport-utility vehicle.


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