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German foreign exchange student makes surprise return to Paxton

PAXTON — Some 35 people gathered around a computer screen in Deane and Cordelia Geiken’s dining room last Tuesday evening to hear the “big announcement” they were told would be coming from half a world away.

Wolf Burkhardt, the German foreign-exchange student who spent a year in Paxton with the Geikens, was to be giving the announcement via a Skype session.


Tea room — celebrating 20 years — brings visitors to Paxton

PAXTON — The Country Thyme Tea Room has been a fixture in Paxton for 20 years, but most of its customers don’t live in the Ford County seat.

Owner Bonnie Kaeb said most of her customers travel from within a 2-hour radius of Paxton to enjoy her home-cooked foods in a cozy atmosphere that they can’t find anywhere else.


'American Pickers' star plans to visit Paxton antique shop

PAXTON — As if winning a chance to go “picking” with  one of the stars of cable television’s hit series “American Pickers” wasn’t enough, Robin McNish recently received word that Frank Fritz plans to come to Paxton to visit her antique shop in September.


Farm tractor calendar founder to be featured at farm show in Penfield

PENFIELD – John Harvey looks at it as American history, not just farm history.

Harvey, founder of the Classic Farm Tractor Calendar, found a niche that is near and dear to many people’s hearts when he started the calendar a quarter-century ago.

Many love the nostalgia of old farm equipment.


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...


Nominees sought for Illinoisan of the Day program

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Fair Museum Foundation is seeking 10 people to spotlight each day at the Illinois State Fair as an Illinoisan of the Day.  

The Illinoisan of the Day program looks to honor individuals who exemplify the qualities and characteristics associated with Illinois: integrity, dependability, sense of community and strong ethics.


First recipients of St. John’s Eagle Award chosen

BUCKLEY — Two graduates of St. John’s Lutheran School and a teacher at the private Christian school in Buckley have been chosen as the first recipients of the school’s newly established St. John’s Eagle Award.


What was that noise? It was a Monster Jam training session at Meents' place

PAXTON — Since April 23, there has been a noise buzzing around Paxton.


Nominees for Golden Deeds Award sought

PAXTON — The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations until June 15 for its annual Golden Deeds Award, which will be presented to an outstanding community volunteer during the chamber’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration at Pells Park.


Rolling, walking to a win

CHAMPAIGN — There were 6,766 entries in Friday’s 5K at the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon in Champaign. Fifty-six of those participants were from Paxton. At least seven of them were there just for fun — because, in at least one way, one of them was already a winner.


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