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Remembering Ford County's native son, Les Arends

By DERRICK BABBS
For the Ford County Record


Leslie Cornelius Arends was born Sept. 27, 1895, in Melvin, where he, his four brothers and two sisters grew up on his father’s farm. After graduating from Melvin High School in 1912, he attended Oberlin College in Ohio for two years. 


Derrick Babbs: Remembering the rich history of Roberts

By DERRICK BABBS
For the Ford County Record


Early pioneer Samuel Lyman was the first white settler of Lyman Township in Ford County. He was born in Massachusetts on July 16, 1811, and came to the area with his wife and four sons. In July 1856, he built the first permanent house on the northeast corner of the township.


Derrick Babbs: A look at some of Ford County’s earliest crimes

By DERRICK BABBS
For the Ford County Record


A look at notable early crimes in Ford County, from 1872 to 1928:

Sept. 29, 1872 — The first recorded inmate was placed in the Ford County jail. His name was Edward Cavangh. He was 25 years old and from St. Louis. He was arrested for drawing his revolver.


Derrick Babbs: The battle for the Ford County seat

By DERRICK BABBS
For the Ford County Record


Derrick Babbs: Early corruption in Ford County

By DERRICK K. BABBS
For the Ford County Record


In today’s society, political corruption is sadly a common place. As you look back in our history, you see that mortal man, tempted in the earlier days of higher moral standards, also failed in their elected office and the people of their community more than a hundred years ago. 


Derrick Babbs: The sheriffs of Ford County

By DERRICK K. BABBS
For the Ford County Record


While wallets are being opened for Bear, many people in our community struggle

By KRISTINA PHELAN
Ford County Record columnist

I am an animal lover. I gravitate toward all creatures and usually turn into one of those ridiculous adults who talks to animals in a high baby voice.


Take it from 'The Rock': Success takes time

By SAM ERWIN
Owner of Nordic Total Fitness


As usual, something came along that inspired me to write something for this week’s column. Usually, it’s one of the gym members at Nordic Total Fitness who has done something incredible, but this time it was a quote from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. 


Ex-cop’s murder conviction gets new scrutiny

Convicted murderer Drew Peterson is a villain straight out of central casting — an allegedly crooked suburban cop who bumped off spouses who drew his ire.

Nine years ago, the 62-year-old Peterson made big news amid allegations that he had killed two of his wives. The story even prompted a made-for-TV movie starring Rob Lowe as the barbarous babe-hound himself.


Be like Mike: Find your motivation!

By SAM ERWIN
Owner of Nordic Total Fitness

Will Brumleve, editor of the Paxton Record, recently asked if I would like to write a weekly column about health, fitness, nutrition, etc. He said it might be a good way to motivate people to live a healthier lifestyle. 


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