PBL homecoming 2015

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

Glazik, Perzee inducted into Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD — Seventy 4-H program volunteers — including Rita Glazik of Ford County and Sharon Perzee of Iroquois County — were inducted into the Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame during an Aug. 15 ceremony attended by more than 800 people at the state fairgrounds in Springfield.

Eric Hyatt: 'I appreciate all of your support'

GIBSON CITY — A benefit held Saturday for Gibson City police officer Eric Hyatt, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2010, was Hyatt’s first and only benefit.

Over the past five years, Hyatt was too reluctant to have one.

Those Who Served: Loda man recalls avoiding celebratory grenades in South Pacific

LODA — Unlimited beer and hand grenades are a bad mix.

When former Illini football player and legendary wrestling coach Don Pittman was serving in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II, he was a gunner’s mate at a massive ammo dump.

Morelands hoping for best after husband has multiple strokes

PAXTON — For a few days, Johnathan Moreland wasn’t acting quite like himself. His wife and sister noticed, but they didn’t realize what was wrong at first.

Not until he was being rushed to an Urbana hospital did his wife, Lauren, finally figure it out: The 42-year-old Paxton man had suffered multiple strokes.

Those Who Served: In Battle of the Bulge, ‘if you want to live, you’ll do it’

GIBSON CITY — For the confusion of war, it’s hard to top the Battle of the Bulge, where Chet Bleich and six other soldiers watched the Germans — supposedly on the run — overrun a nearby hill, and had only machine guns to counter the enemy’s tanks.

Ten associate judges in 11th Judicial Circuit retained

BLOOMINGTON — Of the 384 associate judges in Illinois who filed requests for reappointment to their respective offices for a new four-year term, 376 of them, including 10 in the 11th Judicial Circuit, have been retained.

Bridge dedicated in memory of Clayton Hale

PAXTON — Clayton Hale had a lot of bridges to cross in his life. And every day, as he battled cancer, the young man from Paxton crossed those bridges with a strong spirit and a determined attitude, Mayor Bill Ingold said.

So, it is only fitting that a bridge — the Orleans Street walk bridge over the Canadian National Railroad tracks — is now named in his honor.

PBL valedictorian maintains her grades, active lifestyle despite Type 1 diabetes

PAXTON — When Aubrey Glazik gets ready to take the floor for a cheerleading competition, the nerves often set in, as they do for many of her teammates.

The difference is that Glazik has Type 1 diabetes. While others might feel a little jittery, the situation can get much more serious for Glazik when her adrenaline starts pumping.

Angie Lee loved 'teaching the game of life'

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Before Angie Lee went on to play Division I college basketball at the University of Iowa, and before she embarked on a college coaching career that saw her be named the Associated Press National Coach of the Year, she was playing pickup games in Paxton with her four brothers, who taught her a lesson or two in the sport.

Find the answers to the Paxton Record’s trivia contest in our 150th anniversary special section! While doing so, learn about the history of the newspaper, Paxton, Ford County and the prominent people and events who have helped shape us into what we are today!

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