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.

Marvel the cat making progress in recovery

PAXTON — Marvel, the badly burned cat brought into the Paxton Veterinary Clinic last month, continues to make progress in its recovery.

Blankenship working to help keep the lights on

PAXTON — Journeyman lineman Wade Blankenship recently joined Paxton-based Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative.

Blankenship previously worked as a journeyman lineman for the City of Rantoul.  Blankenship is joining EIEC’s Paxton crew, headed up by Kevin Dettmering, a lineman foreman.

Master Gardeners plan events, including Plant Share on April 28

ONARGA  — Members of the Ford-Iroquois Master Gardeners met March 13 with 16 members and Master Gardener coordinator Jenney Hanrahan present. 

The following occurred:

EIEC to honor its hard-working linemen

PAXTON — On National Lineman Appreciation Day on Monday, April 9, Paxton-based Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative will honor its hard-working linemen, who often work in challenging conditions to keep the lights on in area homes and businesses.

EIEC is inviting its member/owners to take a moment that day to thank a lineman for the work they do.

Drawing at Gibson City library will award Gibson Bucks

GIBSON CITY — Patrons of the Moyer District Library in Gibson City who check out materials at the library during April may enter a drawing that will award $25 in Gibson Bucks gift certificates. The winner’s name will be drawn at 10 a.m. April 30. To be eligible for the drawing, all one needs is a library card.

Clarence was once a thriving community

For the Ford County Record

Clarence, located about six miles east of Paxton, was once a thriving community and the grain center of Button Township.

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