Harvard-bound Adam McMullin expected to do 'amazing things'

PAXTON — In hindsight, Adam McMullin’s chemistry experiment last summer was “really dumb,” he admitted.

“I wouldn’t recommend anyone do it,” the 18-year-old Bayles Lake resident said, “because it was really dangerous.”

Elliott church’s old painting part of family’s history


ELLIOTT — It’s a work of art seen in many Lutheran churches, but for Elaine Ask of Chatfield, Minn., the altar painting inside Pontoppidan Lutheran Church near Elliott is part of her family’s history.

Closed Paxton church to be deeded to Baptist foundation

PAXTON — A Southern Baptist church in Paxton that closed in February is in the process of being deeded to the Baptist Foundation of Illinois, which intends to find another church to use the building.

Graham’s ministry wowed Gibson City in 1966


GIBSON CITY — Known as “America’s Pastor,” the Rev. Billy Graham captivated the hearts of millions around the world over his many decades of ministry.

Tankersleys back home after spending time abroad


GIBSON CITY — In June 2006, Gibson City residents said goodbye to Doug and Cindy Tankersley.

Addicts cope with struggles through 12-step program


GIBSON CITY — For many drug addicts, the struggle to regain a clean life takes a toll.

B&B takes discrimination case to Illinois Supreme Court

CHICAGO — A Christian bed-and-breakfast west of Paxton is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to reverse the Illinois Human Rights Commission’s finding that the B&B discriminated against a same-sex couple six years ago, along with the $80,000 in penalties the commission imposed against it.

Pillar and Ground Independent Baptist Church opens in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Not long after Wisconsin native Jeremy Baier arrived at Gibson City’s Prairie Baptist Church, the small congregation began to fall apart.

“What we saw after we got here was struggle and tension — power struggles over who wants to be in charge,” the 42-year-old pastor recalled. “And I’m like, ‘Really, God? Is this where you called me to?’

“Boy, it was really tough.”

Hymn Festival set for Aug. 20 in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Music Foundation (GAMF) will host its annual Hymn Festival at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at the United Methodist Church of Gibson City.

The event is free and open to people of all ages. The audience is invited to sing along on most hymns, with music provided in hymnals and lyrics projected on a large screen.

Paxton physician passes away

PAXTON — Dr. George Bark, a physician at the Paxton Clinic, died Monday night, a local funeral home has confirmed.

Dr. Bark had been on life support Monday in the critical-care unit at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, surrounded by family and friends, according to a Facebook post by his church, the First Lutheran Church in Paxton.

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