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.


PAXTON — Marvel the cat is doing, well, just marvelous.

Two months after being found by a citizen along a road with its hair singed and its face swollen, the badly burned cat has completed its medical care at the Paxton Veterinary Clinic — and it has a new place to call home, too.

Golden Deeds Award nominees sought

PAXTON — The committee organizing the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration is seeking nominations for its Golden Deeds Awards, which will be presented at the celebration at Pells Park. 

Ameren, volunteers team up to 'Brighten the Block' in Paxton

PAXTON — Teams of volunteers from Ameren Illinois, the city of Paxton and the Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School girls’ track team joined together Thursday afternoon to help the neighborhood around Pells Park become more energy-efficient.

Gibson City Rotarians are 'people of action making a difference'

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Rotary Club is a relatively small but mighty service organization. The club’s roster lists just more than 40 members, and at its three monthly meetings never are all 40 members there at once.

Red maple tree dedicated in police dog's memory

PAXTON — A red maple tree planted on the west side of the Paxton Police Department headquarters was dedicated on Arbor Day in memory of Max, the agency’s first police dog.

Mayor Bill Ingold gave a brief speech to a small crowd of city employees on hand, including Max’s former handler, officer Chad Johnson, as well as members of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s FFA chapter.

A life remembered: Dylan Benningfield


GIBSON CITY — Coaches, players and friends remembered Dylan Benningfield as a young man who put effort into everything he did — and kept at it, no matter the results.

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