'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.

Names to be added to Gibson City veteran's memorial sought

GIBSON CITY — The Drummer Creek Veteran’s Memorial Committee is accepting names for the veteran’s memorial through April 30. 

PBL homecoming 2015

Here are some of the sights from Thursday's festivities in Paxton ...

Lake Iroquois under boil order until further notice

LAKE IROQUOIS — The unincorporated community of Lake Iroquois in southwestern Iroquois County is under a boil order until further notice.

Lake Iroquois’ maintenance department announced the news around 1:30 p.m. Monday, saying that the boil order is a result of a water main being damaged and subsequently draining the water tower.

Ameren Illinois to replace power poles around Paxton

CHAMPAIGN — Ameren Illinois announced last week that it will be spending $965,000 to replace power poles around Paxton.

Ford County Fair Demolition Derby

Here are some of the highlights from Saturday's event in Melvin...

Amy Loschen named 2015 Ford County Fair Queen

MELVIN — Amy Loschen, the newly crowned 2015 Ford County Fair queen, is no stranger to judges or contests.

Loschen said she has been involved in livestock judging “since I was old enough to be involved in 4-H.”

2015 Ford County Fair Queen Pageant

Here are some of the sights from Monday's pageant in Melvin...

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