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Community stepping up to help Sturm family with benefits set for summer

The community is stepping up to help the Sturm family after their 5-year-old son Logan was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this spring.


Little man in big battle

PAXTON — Logan Sturm knows he’s sick. He knows he can’t be around his friends or at school with his twin brother, Mason, anymore. He knows that to get better, he has to go to the doctor and take his medicine, no matter how badly it tastes or hurts.


PBL’s Beth Nuss brings back former students for one final show

Editor’s note: This is the second in a four-part series profiling teachers and staff members in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district who are retiring at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Up next week: Sandy Schweighart.

By DIANE PERKINS
Ford County Record correspondent


Nuss’ love of music leads to 34-year career

By DIANE PERKINS
Ford County Record correspondent


PAXTON — Beth Nuss almost gave up teaching music shortly after she started her first job. If it hadn’t been for the encouragement of her college band director, she’d be working in the business world instead of teaching music for 34 years.


Golden Deeds award nominees sought

PAXTON — The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual Golden Deeds Award, which will be presented to both a male and female winner on July 4.

Nominations must be sent to the chamber office by mail no later than June 17.


Influence of coach Judy Weber-Jones impacts former players

By DIANE PERKINS
Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Mother Nature had other plans for a 30-year softball reunion game between members of the former Melvin-Sibley and Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley softball teams. 


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

By DIANE PERKINS
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

By DIANE PERKINS
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.”


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