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.

Love of puppets turns into business for Gibson City man

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Mike O’Brien of Gibson City always adored puppets. Now he is taking that love to schools in the Bloomington-Normal area and helping students bring literature to life.

Rhodes left lasting impact on Gibson City

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Karen Rhodes’ love of finances and economics made her a logical choice to take over as Gibson City’s mayor following the death of Loel Jordan in 1988.

Nordic Total Fitness owner to wrestle for a cause

CHAMPAIGN — Since moving to the Paxton area in March to open up Nordic Total Fitness on Paxton’s Market Street, Sam Erwin has spent his time wrestling some causes in the area.

Over the past month, Erwin has held a food drive in his gym, collecting non-perishable food items to send to the Hands of Christ Food Pantry in Paxton.

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.

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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