Travis Tritt headlines Ford County Fair concert

MELVIN — Nashville recording artist Travis Tritt headlines this year’s concert at the Ford County Fair in Melvin. Opening the concert will be Craig Campbell, and a post-concert party features Jordan Davis.

Ford County Fair features something for everyone

MELVIN — This year’s Ford County Fair, running June 24-30, features concerts, action and events for family members of all ages.

The fair opens Sunday, June 24, with the western horse show at 10 a.m. The jackpot gilt show starts at 5 p.m. that day.

Monday night features the annual fair queen pageant at 7 p.m. in the dance building.

Ford County landowners finally to receive property tax bills

PAXTON — Finally, real estate tax bills will be sent out to property owners in Ford County.

County Treasurer Krisha Shoemaker told the Ford County Board on Monday night that the bills are at the printer’s and residents should receive them late this week or early next week. First-installment payments will be due July 27, with the second installment due Sept. 7.

Rabbits to be allowed in Gibson City limits


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City residents will soon be able to own rabbits legally within city limits.

Trophy in Record office named after late Gibson City Courier publisher

The big trophy that sits just inside the front window of the Ford County Record’s office in downtown Paxton is named in memory of David B. Kramer, a second-generation publisher of newspapers in Gibson City, Monticello, Bement, LeRoy, Lexington, Chenoa, Colfax and Saybrook.

The trophy was established in his memory after Mr. Kramer died on Feb. 24, 2014. He was 85.

Ford County Record named best small, non-daily newspaper in Illinois

NORMAL — After several years of near-misses, the Ford County Record finally has claimed the top prize in the Illinois Press Association’s annual Excellence in News Contest.

Paxton Police Blotter (June 12, 2018)

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity:

Sponsors for Railside's hole-in-one contest sought

GIBSON CITY — Railside Golf Course in Gibson City is looking for 36 area businesses to each provide $100 to be used toward a $600 prize that would be awarded to every golfer who gets a hole-in-one at the course’s infamous par-3 sixth hole, known as the “Train Wreck.” 

PBL board to hold public hearing on amended budget

PAXTON — Immediately prior to its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 13, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will hold a public hearing regarding an amended budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30.

St. Louis man on 1,000-mile mission to eradicate polio

GIBSON CITY — Rotary Club meetings in the eastern St. Louis suburb of Fairview Heights are pretty informal. The club meets Monday evenings in a bar/restaurant. Instead of bringing his gavel, the club’s president, Ralph Zuke, conducts the meetings with a marguarita in hand.

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