Paxton native nominated for Rantoul Police Officer of Year

RANTOUL — One is the newest police officer on the Rantoul force. The other is a 22-year veteran.

Jerry King, a native of Paxton, and Brad Saltsgaver, originally from Mt. Carmel, were two of the nominees for Rantoul Police Officer of the Year. The award, sponsored by the Rantoul Exchange Club, was presented to Kyle Gregg last Wednesday at a banquet at The Linden Banquet Center.

Love of music leads to teaching career in Chicago for Gibson City man

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — When Pat Volker was a child, he loved watching his brothers play in school band concerts and couldn’t wait for the day when he could join the band. He didn’t realize where that interest in music would take him

Villas of Holly Brook a perfect fit for its executive director

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Not all people say they can’t wait to get to work each day, but for Kayla Rodgers, that’s exactly how she feels about her job. 

Angie Lee: True to her roots

PAXTON — Praising her hometown, Paxton’s own Angie Lee had a humble message for her coaches, family and friends: “thank you for giving me my roots and wings to fly.”

Bill Flick: Sit-down with Reagan was one to remember

GIBSON CITY — Legendary Pantagraph columnist Bill Flick provided laughs with lots of stories about his 35-year career as a writer for the Bloomington-Normal daily newspaper during his speach to the Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, and he said he loves Gibson City and small towns like it because “you guys have a great time.”

Bone marrow donor drive to be held in honor of the late Jon Hustedt

Ford County Record correspondent

URBANA — On March 15, residents of central Illinois have the chance to possibly save someone’s life and honor a Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School graduate.

Love still strong for Roesches after 71 years

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — They borrowed $65 to get married, didn’t have enough money to buy furniture for their first apartment, and didn’t have electricity in their farmhouse until the 1950s. 

Account set up to help raise funds for Timothy Nelson family

PAXTON — An account has been set up at the Farmers-Merchants National Bank in Paxton to accept donations for the family of Tim Nelson, a 22-year-old former Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School student who was  diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) on July 6, 2015.

RTD Auto Repair a family affair for Denaults

ROBERTS — Separating their work from their personal lives is a daily challenge for Ralph Denault, wife Pat and their son David.

But working together in their newly built 5,000-square-foot auto-repair shop along the rural highway that runs through Roberts in central Ford County also happens to be “a lot of fun,” Ralph Denault noted.

Meunier nominated by Shimkus for admission to U.S. Military Academy

MELVIN — Melvin resident Nicholas Meunier, a senior at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School, was one of 17 high school seniors from Illinois’ 15th Congressional District to be nominated by U.S. Rep. John Shimkus for admission into the nation’s military service academies.

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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