'Messiah' to feature mix of new, returning favorites

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Music Foundation’s annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Gibson City Bible Church.

Now that results are final, PBL to move forward on $31M project

PAXTON — Now that the vote totals from the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s Nov. 8 referendum have been certified, the district is expected to soon begin aggressively working toward building an addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School using the $31.45 million in building bonds that voters have authorized.

Lake Iroquois approved for $425,000 loan

LAKE IROQUOIS — The Lake Iroquois Association, a homeowners group at the rural lake northeast of Loda in Iroquois County, has been approved for a $425,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for replacing the community’s wastewater treatment system.

The current system will be replaced with a new treatment facility and sludge digestion tank.

Gibson City Council votes to proceed with demolition order

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members gave the go-ahead Monday night for the city to proceed with demolition of an abandoned residence on the city’s west side.

Ruling in discrimination case vs. Paxton B&B upheld by commissioners

SPRINGFIELD — A three-member panel of the Illinois Human Rights Commission has declined to contest an administrative law judge’s finding that the owner of a bed-and-breakfast west of Paxton discriminated against a same-sex couple seeking to hold their civil-union ceremony there.

Sisters loving time together at New & Again in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — While some siblings look forward to the chance to leave home and start adulthood on their own, Julie Stagen, Vicki Rhodes and Becky McDevitt can’t seem to get enough of each other’s company.

Gibson City Police Blotter (Nov. 28, 2016)

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Police Department released the following list of persons arrested or ticketed recently:

— Francis J. Myers, 18, of Dunlap, Tenn., for criminal trespass to a residence, aggravated assault, obstructing identification and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia on Nov. 25.

Ford County Public Health schedules two more flu clinics

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department has scheduled additional flu vaccination clinics for 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, and 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the agency’s office at  235 N. Taft St. in Paxton.

Ford County residents can schedule an appointment for one of those dates by calling 217-379-9281.

Simply You — with products and services to help nourish the mind, body and soul — opens in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Kristin Hendricks sees the challenges in her life — from her experience delivering a full-term still-born baby 15 years ago to her time battling breast cancer earlier this year — as opportunities to grow and evolve, rather than burdens to carry.

The 50-year-old Gibson City woman, it seems, doesn’t let anything get her down.

Mom & Pop's Kettle Korn opens storefront in downtown Paxton

PAXTON — As Paxton’s Christmas Parade was about to get under way Saturday afternoon, there was another attraction in the city’s downtown that already had grabbed seemingly everyone’s attention.

Mom & Pop’s Kettle Korn, a business co-owned by Paxton residents Alan and Marcia Meyer, opened its doors for the first time Saturday at its new location at 119 S. Market St.

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