Local 2nd-graders write letters to Santa

Students at Clara Peterson Elementary School in Paxton and Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Elementary School in Gibson City wrote letters to Santa recently ...

Addicts cope with struggles through 12-step program


GIBSON CITY — For many drug addicts, the struggle to regain a clean life takes a toll.

Gold Star mom recalls son’s heroism

GIBSON CITY — It was late in the evening on April 26, 2017, when Vonda Coulter Rodgers awoke to the news that a couple of people from the U.S. Army were at her doorstep.

They brought the dreaded news that her 22-year-old son, Joshua, had been killed in combat in Afghanistan.

“I could only say, ‘This can’t be happening. Not my boy. Not my baby boy,’” she recalled.

Loda Lions Club seeks help paying its winter utility bills

LODA — The Loda Lions Club said it will be forced to sell its building in Loda if it cannot raise enough money to cover its utility bills this winter.

The club, founded in 1957, recently sent a letter to businesses asking for help.

Paxton trying to find Christmas tree for its downtown

PAXTON — The Paxton Service Club is looking for an evergreen tree to place in downtown Paxton for the holidays.

The tree will be installed in the intersection of Market and State streets during the week of Thanksgiving and will remain there until the new year.

Paxton woman seeks volunteers to clean up community

PAXTON — Seeing cigarette butts and other trash littered on the sidewalks and streets of downtown Paxton bothered Monica Miller.

So did seeing all of the empty beer cans along the country roads around the Ford County seat.

Ford County Historical Society names new officers

PAXTON — The Ford County Historical Society named its new board of directors during a meeting held Sept. 22 at the Arcade Cafe & Pancake House in Paxton.

Nominating Chairperson Judi LaBerdia presented the new slate of directors for the upcoming year: Judy Jepsen-Popel as president, Rob Pacey as vice president, Carol Thilmony as secretary and Margaret Fiorillo as treasurer.

Children's novel author visits Paxton


PAXTON — While on their way home from dropping off their older son at college in northeastern Indiana, Paxton residents Craig and Candi Riecks bought their youngest son, Caiden, a book at a bookstore.

Pillar and Ground Independent Baptist Church opens in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Not long after Wisconsin native Jeremy Baier arrived at Gibson City’s Prairie Baptist Church, the small congregation began to fall apart.

“What we saw after we got here was struggle and tension — power struggles over who wants to be in charge,” the 42-year-old pastor recalled. “And I’m like, ‘Really, God? Is this where you called me to?’

“Boy, it was really tough.”

‘He outworks people who are half his age’

LODA — In his 90 years, Loda resident Roy Hilgendorf has accomplished many things.

Perhaps none stand out as much as the improvements he made to the town’s park.

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