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Paxton native John McCabe wins Pekin mayoral race

PEKIN — Paxton native John McCabe is about to embark on a new phase in his life.

On May 11, the 64-year-old retired social studies teacher will begin serving as mayor of Pekin, the county seat of Tazewell County.


Three to be inducted into PBL Alumni Hall of Fame in 2015

PAXTON — A clinical research scientist, a former University of Iowa women’s basketball coach and a former Air Force Two pilot will be inducted into the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Alumni Hall of Fame during homecoming week this fall.

The PBL school board last Wednesday unanimously approved the 2015 induction class of Dr. B. Lynn Allen-Hoffman, Thomas Johnson and Angie Lee.


New church name, same ministry hopes for Woods

PAXTON — The Vineyard Church of Paxton’s transition to Hope Vineyard Church on April 1 means more than just a name change.

Over two decades, the Rev. Jimm and DeDe Wood have wanted to make more of an impact on their community. In the next two weeks, the culmination of that reality will occur at their church.


Rick Nelson named News-Gazette's Farm Leader of Year

PAXTON — Growing up on a farm, Rick Nelson came to realize what he liked — and didn’t like — about farming.

“I knew I didn’t like chores,” he said. “I don’t like redundant tasks. I don’t want to do the same thing today as yesterday.”

The daily demands of caring for livestock weren’t for him.


'The simple things in life made him happy'

PAXTON — Every day was a good day to Clayton Hale.

It didn’t matter that for most of his life, he was battling medical setback after medical setback. His cancer would come and go, then return, yet the young man’s positive outlook never wavered.


Dr. Sunderland was 'a man who loved his family, faith and community'

Editor’s note: Dr. Paul W. Sunderland had asked Jean Noellsch to record his memoirs for possible publication. That project was left incomplete when Dr. Sunderland died Jan. 16, but their Saturday morning chats over the past several months provided much of the information for this feature.


Matt Neaville's still got game — 15 years after hooping it up with Paxton Record editor

SAVOY — Matt Neaville, ironically, is the old man on the block today on the newly formed Champaign Swarm professional basketball team.

Ironic, given that when I used to hoop with Matt, he was always the youngest person on the court.


Miller re-elected president of Ford County Fair board

MELVIN — Kirk Miller of Melvin was re-elected president of the Ford County Fair Board at the board’s annual meeting Jan. 3. 

Dallas Meyer of Thawville and Corinne Brown of Paxton were re-elected vice president and secretary/treasurer, respectively.


Former Paxton mayor remembered for his smile, laugh

PAXTON — Family members and friends of L. John Lee remember, most of all, that he did everything with a smile.

Mr. Lee always had a remarkable nature about him, whether serving the Paxton community as an alderman or mayor, raising seven children or working as a farmer, insurance/real estate agent or broom-maker.


UI Extension horticulture educator honored with award

CHAMPAIGN — Sandra Mason, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, was honored with the 2014 Individual Excellence in Extension Award at the University of Illinois Extension Conference in November for her dedication to volunteer program development, innovative communication strategies and decades-long commitment to the community.


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