No place like home for PBL High grad in Navy

PAXTON — After living and working aboard a U.S. Navy ship for more than a year, Josiah Martin returned home — although only briefly — for what he termed a “belated” Christmas break.

Longmire, Salyards to receive GCMS's Distinguished Alumni Award

GIBSON CITY — Conrad Longmire, a former theoretical physicist who graduated from Sibley High School in 1939, and Mark Salyards, a former chief master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force who graduated from Gibson City High School in 1982, are set to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district.

‘He outworks people who are half his age’

LODA — In his 90 years, Loda resident Roy Hilgendorf has accomplished many things.

Perhaps none stand out as much as the improvements he made to the town’s park.

Paxton physician passes away

PAXTON — Dr. George Bark, a physician at the Paxton Clinic, died Monday night, a local funeral home has confirmed.

Dr. Bark had been on life support Monday in the critical-care unit at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, surrounded by family and friends, according to a Facebook post by his church, the First Lutheran Church in Paxton.

'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.

Millie Baier remembered for her 'class, grace and hospitality'

PAXTON — While working alongside her husband, Maurice, in the funeral business for 50 years in Paxton, Millie Baier always seemed to find a way to bring comfort to families mourning the loss of a loved one.

There was her warm smile, her calming demeanor, the dignity with which she carried herself.

A selfless act: PBL grad donates bone marrow to help save cancer patient's life

RURAL BUCKLEY — By the time his sophomore year was over at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, Mike Shively had already lost one of his classmates, Ryan Coe, to cancer.

Seven years later, in 2015, another member of Shively’s 2011 graduating class, Jon Hustedt, would die as a result of the disease.

Longtime dentist in Paxton retiring

PAXTON — Four decades ago, as Dr. Russell Pitch was getting ready to receive his doctorate in dental surgery from Loyola University in Chicago, he and his wife, Phyllis, decided they wanted to move away from the everyday hustle and bustle of a big city.

Jarboe looking forward to augering in retirement from co-op

PERDUEVILLE — When Bill Jarboe is asked how he thinks he’ll be remembered by his co-workers at Ludlow Cooperative Elevator Co. once he retires from his 45-year career there at the end of this month, the 65-year-old’s first thought is that he doesn’t really know.

But after contemplating the question a bit longer, Jarboe finds something to say:

There’s his versatility, for one.

A life remembered: Nick Fiorillo 'was always talking taxes'

PAXTON — Nick Fiorillo loved to talk. Taxes, the focus of his profession, were often the subject.

Even as Mr. Fiorillo was recovering from hip-replacement surgery this month at the Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton, his conversations with his fellow residents and the facility’s nurses always seemed to lead to the inevitable topic.

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