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. 

Master Gardeners judge planters in downtown Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Janet Townsend and several other Master Gardeners recently chose first-, second- and third-place winners for the planters planted in downtown Gibson City.

In first place was Teresa McRae at Speakeasy Salon. The second-place winner was Chuck Marx at Anderson Ford. In third place were Jim and Amy Hood at Hood’s Ace Hardware.

St. Louis man on 1,000-mile mission to eradicate polio

GIBSON CITY — Rotary Club meetings in the eastern St. Louis suburb of Fairview Heights are pretty informal. The club meets Monday evenings in a bar/restaurant. Instead of bringing his gavel, the club’s president, Ralph Zuke, conducts the meetings with a marguarita in hand.

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.

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