Pork Chop Kickoff set for Friday

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s annual Pork Chop Kickoff is set for Friday, Aug. 17, at the high school/junior high school in Paxton.

The event celebrates the start of the high school sports season.

The event begins at 3 p.m. with photos taken of fall athletes.

Pork chops will be served to the public starting at 4:45 p.m.

Roemer leaves $136,000 to GCMS


GIBSON CITY — Longtime Gibson City sports superfan Roy Roemer left behind a legacy of dedication and support when he died from cancer in October. Now, that legacy includes one of the largest financial gifts ever given to the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district.

Paxton Area Chamber golf outing set for July 27 at Lakeview

LODA — The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual golf outing is scheduled for Friday, July 27, at Lakeview Country Club in rural Loda.

The event begins with lunch at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon.

The theme of the outing is “The Roaring Twenties.”

Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed team, the longest putt, the longest drive and closest to the pin.

A life remembered: Dylan Benningfield


GIBSON CITY — Coaches, players and friends remembered Dylan Benningfield as a young man who put effort into everything he did — and kept at it, no matter the results.

PBL's extracurricular committee to meet Jan. 10

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board’s extracurricular committee will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, in the board room in the administrative offices in Paxton.

Hoops for Alex set for Jan. 11

PAXTON — The plan is for the student manager for Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High’s boys’ basketball teams to suit up for this week’s final home game of the season.

If he’s feeling up to it, Alex Jones might even get to play.

The Jeremy Werner show has a Paxton connection

URBANA — When Jeremy Werner and Austin Burklund first met, it was at a basketball practice at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.

It was 2009, Werner recalled. It was not long after Werner had started his first full-time sports reporting job — at what was then known as the Paxton Record and is now known as the Ford County Record.

Beth Nuss — creator of Fighting Illini 'war chant' — not happy about ban

CHAMPAIGN — During the 1980-81 school year, as Lou Henson was on the sidelines at the Assembly Hall leading his Fighting Illini men’s basketball team, Beth Nuss turned to her fellow University of Illinois pep band members and asked them to play a simple melody.

Railside Golf Course re-opens with changes

GIBSON CITY — With a name like “Alcatraz,” it might be expected that the par-three sixth hole of the newly redesigned Railside Golf Course will be hard to escape for even the most talented and experienced golfers.

Niebuhr named next AD at PBL High School

PAXTON — Students at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School probably best know Brock Niebuhr as a physical education teacher, or perhaps as an assistant football coach or volunteer baseball coach for PBL’s varsity squads.

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