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.

Gibson City community raises more than $30,000 for cancer research

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City resident Tammi Fanson couldn’t be more pleased with the efforts of her community to raise funds for cancer research in recent weeks.

Earlier this month, a lemonade stand in the parking lot of the WGCY Radio studios in Gibson City brought in more than $2,000 in donations. And later that night, a dinner at her home pushed that total even further.

Paxton's Harris to celebrate 90th birthday

PAXTON — Ellen Louise Harris of Paxton is celebrating her 90th birthday this month.

She was born Aug. 24, 1928, a daughter of George and Virgie Rutledge. She married the late Earl Robert Harris on Aug. 2, 1946.

Piper City residents attend family reunion in Effingham County

DIETERICH — The 46th annual reunion of the descendants of William Creighton and Nancy (Ward) McCoy was held July 15 at the Kluthe Civic Center in the Effingham County town of Dieterich.

Hosting the reunion was the Kay (McCoy) Winterrowd family.

Churches, organizations to ‘pour out’ into community

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City churches and organizations are coming together to “pour out” into the community on Saturday, Aug. 25, and Sunday, Aug. 26.

Chuck and Mary Werner recognized for volunteerism

PAXTON — Chuck and Mary Werner were presented with the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Golden Deeds Awards during Paxton’s annual Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration at Pells Park.

The award is given to two outstanding community volunteers — one man and one woman. 

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