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GIBSON CITY — Anton Sorensen is spending the next year in a town of 3,400 people — just a fraction of the population of his hometown of Aalborg, Denmark — but, for some reason, everything seems bigger.
SIBLEY — At first, Lonnie Adkins was reluctant to let his wife, Nancy, complete the Ice Bucket Challenge as the activity began sweeping the nation and became a social media craze.
“I kept telling her, ‘No way,’ because even in cold weather, she just freezes up and stiffens up,” Lonnie Adkins said. “But she wanted to do it.”
So, they came to a compromise.
PAXTON — Robin McNish promises that Frank Fritz won’t leave Paxton empty-handed when the co-host of History Channel’s “American Pickers” looks for “rusty gold” around the Ford County seat next month.
LODA — Craig Boone was joking with his mother, Nancy Ecker, on Saturday that he needs to have a child now. That way, his family can have four generations in the military.
Ecker, the Loda American Legion Auxiliary’s president, is already one proud mother. And daughter. And sister.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.