Audrey Bloomquist named 2016 Ford County Fair Queen

MELVIN – In between two out-of-state trips, Audrey Bloomquist will be in her home county this summer – for a week, at least.

2016 Ford County Fair Queen Pageant

Here are some of the sights from Monday's Ford County Fair event in Melvin ...

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.

Ford County Record correspondent

Nuss’ love of music leads to 34-year career

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

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

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

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