U.S. Army soldier gets hero's welcome to Gibson City from Afghanistan

GIBSON CITY — Seth Dickey received a hero’s welcome when he arrived in his hometown of Gibson City on Monday after a year of service in the U.S. Army, including six months in Afghanistan.

Reflecting on 45 years at Birkey's Farm Store

For the Paxton Record

GIBSON CITY — On Oct. 12, 1968, Stan Alt clocked in at Birkey’s Farm Store for his first day as a full-time employee.

The event would be insignificant in most small farming communities, where a job in agriculture is in the cards for many young people. But Alt’s path — and tenure — make for an interesting story.

PBL grad hired as Paxton Record media marketing consultant

PAXTON — Samantha Langley is enjoying her new job as a media marketing consultant for the Paxton Record and News-Gazette Community Newspapers Group.

The 22-year-old rural Paxton resident’s first day on the job was March 25, and her first day selling advertising for the Paxton Record was April 3.

Watson named CCW's Woman of Year

PAXTON — Jean Watson has been named the 2014 Woman of the Year by the St. Mary Catholic Church’s Council of Catholic Women.

'The prognosis looks much better now' for Caitlynn Riblet; faculty wins PBL student vs. faculty benefit for PBL sophomore

PAXTON – Since Paxton-Buckley-Loda sophomore Caitlynn Riblet was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in December, her journey through the treatments has been defined in one slogan.

The slogan can be seen on T-shirts worn by PBL students and faculty alike every Thursday in support of Riblet – “Fight Like a Girl.”

100-year-old to deliver game ball for Cubs' opener

CHICAGO — Lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and former Buckley and Loda resident Louie Reinhart is gearing up for the game of his life on Friday, April 4, the Cubs’ home opener.

Snyder named Heartland Health Care Center's employee of year

PAXTON — Kelly Snyder, medical records clerk at Heartland Health Care Center of Paxton, has been named the nursing home’s employee of the year. 

Foley named Woman of Year by St. Joseph CCW

LODA — Rosemarie Foley of Loda has been named the 2014 Woman of the Year by the Council of Catholic Women at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Loda.

Tom Johnson: From paperboy to pilot

PAXTON — Tom Johnson learned some simple life lessons as a child growing up in small-town America that would prove essential to his career piloting an aircraft with high-ranking U.S. and international officials on board.

Tyler Rubarts participating in Augustana’s Good Fit T-shirt Photo Contest

ROCK ISLAND — Tyler Rubarts, a senior at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, has submitted a photo in the “Famous Location” and “Another College” categories in Augustana College’s Good Fit T-shirt Photo Contest, where potential first-year Augustana students are eligible to win one of five $1,000 scholarships to Augustana.

For their photos, students must wear an Augustana T-shirt.

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