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Madigan alerts consumers to 'phishing' scams in wake of Anthem data breach

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Friday warned consumers who may be affected by the massive data breach reported by the health insurance company Anthem Inc. to be on the lookout for unsolicited phone calls and emails and begin taking steps to protect themselves against identity theft immediately.


U.S. Postal Service warns of email scam

BEDFORD PARK — Some postal customers have been receiving bogus emails about a package delivery or online postage charges, the U.S. Postal Service warned Thursday.

The emails contain a link or attachment that, when opened, installs a malicious virus that can steal personal information from a person’s computer.


Paxton Record's top 14 stories of 2014

The Paxton Record’s coverage in 2014 was dominated by headlines about local crime, including two murder trials and the arrest of four men in connection with the kidnapping and armed robbery of a Paxton businessman.


Matt Neaville's still got game — 15 years after hooping it up with Paxton Record editor

SAVOY — Matt Neaville, ironically, is the old man on the block today on the newly formed Champaign Swarm professional basketball team.

Ironic, given that when I used to hoop with Matt, he was always the youngest person on the court.


Raminator monster truck to attempt to break world speed record

AUSTIN, Texas — Raminator, the Hall Brothers Racing Team of rural Thomasboro, will attempt to break the world speed record for monster trucks.

The seven-time Monster Nationals Champion will look to break the Guinness World Record at the multipurpose facility Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

The current mark is set a 96.8 mph.


Iroquois County Fair demolition derby results

GT Division
1. Brandon Decker, Piper City; 2. Derek Hay, Piper City; 3. Fred Fanning, Piper City; 4. Ty Zanardelli, Piper City.


Blood drive to take place in Paxton

PAXTON — A blood drive will be held at St. Mary and Joseph Parish Center, located at 150 N. Maple Street in Paxton, from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 10.

Those interested may be eligible if they donated on or before May 15, 2014, and are asked to bring a photo identification or Red Cross Blood Donor Card.


Paxton resident Haley Brokate named 2014 Miss Ford County Queen

MELVIN – At one point during Monday’s Ford County Fair Queen Pageant, the seven contestants were asked to draw random questions out of a fishbowl and answer them.

Haley Brokate’s question stated, “If I could be anyone in the world, who would it be?”


Ford County Fair Queen Pageant 2014

Here are some of the highlights from Monday's ceremony in Melvin...


Image gallery: Buckley Fun Day 2014

Here are some of the sights from Saturday Buckley Fun Day held near Buckley Lake and from Buckley Fire Department breakfast fundraiser...


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