'She never stopped smiling': Rick Riblet, Alex Goudy and Nancy Streitmatter discusses Caitlynn's passing

PAXTON -- Through her four-year battle with cancer, Caitlynn Riblet always kept a positive attitude.
"She never stopped smiling," said Rick Riblet, Caitlynn's father. "No matter how much it hurt, she never stopped."
The journey came to an end at 5:40 p.m.

Kelsey Vaughn named 2017 Ford County Fair Queen

MELVIN -- Kelsey Vaughn is no stranger to trying new things.
The 17-year-old Paxton resident, and 2017 Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School graduate, was invited to try something new by PBL agriculture/FFA teacher Kirsten Blackford, who was looking for contestants for the 2017 Ford County Fair Queen Pageant.
“I was very hesitant about it," Vaug

2017 Ford County Fair Queen Pageant

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Miller re-elected president of Ford County Fair board

MELVIN — Kirk Miller of Melvin was re-elected president of the Ford County Fair board at its annual meeting on Jan. 14. 

Dallas Meyer of Thawville and Corinne Brown of Paxton were re-elected vice president and secretary/treasurer, respectively.

'Mr. Illinois Central Historical Society' stepping aside at end of year

PAXTON — Ever since the Illinois Central Historical Society bought an old railroad depot in downtown Paxton in 1990, Paxton resident Chuck Werner has been the go-to guy for anyone wanting to check out the organization’s massive collection of historical materials stored there.

While wallets are being opened for Bear, many people in our community struggle

Ford County Record columnist

I am an animal lover. I gravitate toward all creatures and usually turn into one of those ridiculous adults who talks to animals in a high baby voice.

Memorial Day services set in area

Following is a roundup of Memorial Day services scheduled in the Ford County Record’s coverage area:


'They’re all willing to pitch in, and that’s what I love about living in a small town'

PAXTON — Resting in his bed in the basement of the Poll family household, Dan Poll pulls out his cell phone and proudly shows off a photo of the 14-point buck he took in 2008. It was the largest the 45-year-old father of three has taken since he started hunting deer in Central Illinois and Wisconsin in 2006.

Influence of coach Judy Weber-Jones impacts former players

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Mother Nature had other plans for a 30-year softball reunion game between members of the former Melvin-Sibley and Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley softball teams. 

Raffle will award choice of Paxton home or $100,000 in cash

Ford County Record correspondent

PAXTON — A chance to win a house and help support the pro-life movement is being offered in Paxton through early June.

Baby’s Voice, a pro-life organization, decided to raffle the house after one of its members felt called to do something with the pro-life movement.

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