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Loda Lions Club seeks help paying its winter utility bills

LODA — The Loda Lions Club said it will be forced to sell its building in Loda if it cannot raise enough money to cover its utility bills this winter.

The club, founded in 1957, recently sent a letter to businesses asking for help.


Food pantry, Elite Performance to move into shuttered Alco store

GIBSON CITY — Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services has purchased the long-shuttered Alco store on Gibson City’s east side and plans to relocate its local Elite Performance facility to the site, along with the Gibson Area Food Pantry.

Rob Schmitt, chief executive officer of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services, said the purchase of the store occurred several months ago.


Toy drive in memory of Alex Faulkner under way

PAXTON — Each September, during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, friends and family of the late Alex Faulkner collect toys to fill the treasure chest at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Peoria, where Faulkner was treated for cancer for three years.


EIEC lineman helps bring power to Bolivian villages

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — For three weeks, Terry Riggins was constantly pestered by bugs as he endured 12-hour workdays in 90-degree heat in the mountains of Bolivia.


Shriners working to help children in need

GIBSON CITY — For the past 18 years, Eric Tjarks has been giving back to an organization that changed his life forever.


PBL Backpack Program gets school board's nod of approval

PAXTON —  The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board last Wednesday voted unanimously to create the PBL Backpack program, which will provide needy children at Clara Peterson Elementary School with food to take home twice a month.


Toy drive will benefit Clara Peterson Elementary School kids

PAXTON — The second annual Nordic Total Fitness toy drive continues through Friday, Dec. 16, with all donated toys going to needy kids at Clara Peterson Elementary School in Paxton. 

New toys can be dropped off at either Nordic Total Fitness at 207 N. Market St. in Paxton or the Dollar General store at 783 S. Railroad Ave. in Paxton. 


Expansion of Gibson City playground planned

GIBSON CITY — A year removed from dedicating its new playground at Gibson City’s North Park, the local Rotary Club is getting ready to embark on its next community service project — an expansion of that same playground.


Legion to give out Christmas baskets to GCMS families

GIBSON CITY — Starting Nov. 7, the Lee Lowery American Legion Post No. 568 will be seeking names of families in the area to receive Christmas baskets.

To qualify to receive a Christmas basket, families must live in the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district and be on the free or reduced-price meal plan.


Agency offers to help pay low-income households' heating bills

PAXTON — The East Central Illinois Community Action Agency began accepting appointments for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on Oct. 3 to assist households with children under age 6 with home heating utility costs and disconnected households without energy service.

LIHEAP is a state and federally funded program for families with low incomes.


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