Most-viewed posts on Paxton Record's Facebook page in 2013

January
1. Jan. 17:  A man awaiting trial for the October murder of a clerk at a Gilman gas station is asking an Iroquois County judge to allow him to be present when his wife gives birth to their third child. (463 views)
2.  Jan. 31: The PBL eighth-grade boys basketball team defeated GCMS 26-14 to win the Onarga Regional championship title. (215 views)
3.  Jan. 26:  The PBL cheerleaders won first place in the Mahomet Sectional Small Team Division, their first sectional title in the program’s history. (204 views)
4.  Jan. 17: A photo posted of PBL high school boys in the crowd of a basketball game, dressed up in vintage Panther and Mustangs uniforms. (191 views)
5.  Jan. 12: Eighteen-year-old Paxton resident Eston Watson leaves for basic training on Wednesday.  (188 views)

February
1.  Feb. 26: Who do you think should be the Paxton Record’s winner of the female athlete of the winter award? (6,975 views)
2.  Who do you think should be the Paxton Record’s winner of the male athlete of the winter award? Disclaimer: GCMS/Fisher wrestler Josh Wallick is disqualified because he attends Fisher. (4,951 views)
3.  Feb. 27: The show will go on at the Harvest Moon Twin Drive-in this spring. (1,329 views)
4.  Feb. 27: Leonard Performance Center, based in Gibson City, has opened a Paxton branch at 124 W. State St. Bellflower native Tim Leonard, 35, owns the chiropractic clinic, which also offers weight-loss solutions among its services. (1,175 views)
5.  Feb. 23: Olivia Frichtl and the PBL 7th-grade volleyball team advances to the semifinals of the Onarga Regional with a 25-5, 25-12 win over GCMS. The Panthers will face Herscher Limestone at 6 p.m. Monday. (696 views)

March
1.  March 26: In the 10th anniversary of Maximum Destruction, Tom Meents added an 11th Monster Jam title to his trophy case by winning the World Freestyle Championship last Saturday in Las Vegas. (2,276 views)
2.  March 20: Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High School band director Beth Nuss has been named a local winner of the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest. Nuss will be recognized at an event at the Barnes & Noble in Champaign at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17. (1,885 views)
3.  March 16: PBL girls basketball head coach Clarissa Gross, serving as the co-coach of the SVC all-star squad, directs her team during its 43-39 win over the HOIC. (1,303 views)
4.  March 4: The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Ford and Iroquois counties from 3 a.m. Tuesday through midnight Tuesday night. (1,145 views)
5.  March 21: Draggin’ Main will make its annual return to the strip in downtown Paxton on Saturday, March 30, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Get your antique vehicles, hot rods and rat rods ready! (1,027 views)

April
1.  April 18: Lynne Westerhout of Loda captured the beginnings of a funnel cloud on her phone on the way to Danville from Paxton on Illinois 1 at around 8.40 a.m. today. (16,976 views)
2.  April 12: Long-time former Paxton teacher Arcelia Watson of Savoy has written a memoir, and she will do a book signing at Barnes and Noble book store on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 1 p.m. (1,653 views)
3.  April 3: Nearly 100 photos from Saturday’s Draggin’ Main event in downtown Paxton appear in a photo gallery at www.paxtonrecord.net. (1,652 views)
4.  April 30: Jodi Coplea, Amy Eshleman, Sally Ellis, Michele Cosgrove and Stacey Posey were among thousands of participants at last weekend’s Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. (1,415 views)
5.  April 24: A former employee of the Paxton Park District was sentenced to 18 months of probation and ordered to pay $28,423 in restitution Wednesday for stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the district over a four-year period. (1,135 views)

May
1.  May 28: Who do you think should win the female athlete of the spring award? (3,500 views)
2.  May 28: Who do you think should win the male athlete of the spring award?  (5,596 views)
3.  May 2: Ford County Circuit Clerk Kim Evans is warning of a telephone scam targeting Ford County residents. (2,561 views)
4.  May 16: The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board recognized staff members retiring at the end of the 2012-13 school year Wednesday night, from left: front row, Gail Lithgow, vocal music teacher at PBL Eastlawn School; and Tammy Ross, the district’s food service director; second row, Jayne Sinn, seventh-grade science teacher at PBL Junior High School; Marsha Thompson, physical education teacher at Clara Peterson Elementary School; Susan Naugle, first-grade teacher at Clara Peterson; Cyndi Jensen, kindergarten teacher at Clara Peterson; and Jill Manley, special education teacher at PBL Eastlawn School; and, back row, Stan Daro, high school art teacher. (2,101 views)
5.  May 2: Paxton residents can recycle their used electronic items free of charge on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Paxton firehouse, 310 N. Market St.  (1,669 views)
6.  May 29: Today’s Front Page: PBL Graduation Section (1,053 views)

June
1.  June 4: Who do you think should win the Paxton Record’s Male Athlete of the Year Award? (5,120 views)
2.  June 4: Who do you think should win the Paxton Record’s Female Athlete of the Year Award? (4,770 views)
3.  June 11: Who do you think should win the Female Sports Coach of the Year? (3,756 views)
4.  June 10: Draggin’ Main, Paxton’s tradition of cruising Main Street, will make a return to downtown on Friday, June 14, from 5-11 p.m. Michelle Poll, from Michelle’s Embroidery, is selling ‘Draggin’ Main’ T-shirts this time. (1,385 views)
5.  June 6: A long-vacant restaurant building in the heart of downtown Paxton is in the process of being sold to an undisclosed investor, who intends to rehabilitate the property and start a business there using financing from the city, officials said Thursday. (993 views)

July
1.  July 1: The Terrafugia Transition — a prototype of a flying car created by Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School graduate Sam Schweighart — will make its first airshow appearance at the Expiremental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture event at Wittman Regional Airport in Osh Kosh, Wis., from July 29 to Aug. 4. (1,352 views)
2.  July 17: Mikki and Miguel Rebollo hope to open their fifth restaurant by early fall in Paxton. (1,166 views)
3.  July 23: A crow found in Gilman has tested positive for the West Nile virus, Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department officials said. (995 views)
4.  July 11: Kirsten Blackford, 21, of Champaign was crowned queen of the 2013 Fisher Fair pageant Tuesday night. The former rural Rankin resident, a graduate of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, was crowned by 2012 queen Taylor Franzen. (938 views)
5.  July 30: Suburban Express Inc., a Champaign charter bus service whose legal tactics have created an Internet uproar among University of Illinois students, will get another day in court — but probably not Ford County Circuit Court. (780 views)

August
1.  Aug. 22: A Gibson City man with a history of violent crime was charged Friday with felony battery as the man he is accused of beating remained in a coma with a fractured skull at an Urbana hospital.  (7,040 views)
2.  Aug. 12: Ryan A. Nibbe was charged with second-degree murder Monday in connection with the death of Tim Robertson. Nibbe’s bond also was increased to $400,000, meaning he’ll have to pay $40,000 to be released from the Ford County Jail. (7,020 views)
3.  Aug. 8: A parolee with a history of violent crime was allowed to remain free, despite recent convictions for battery and aggravated assault, in the months before his alleged beating of a Gibson City man, who later died from his injuries. (6,404 views)
4.  Aug. 13: When a soldier dies in battle or a NASCAR driver perishes in a racing accident, it can be said that, though tragic, in their deaths, their lives are represented. This was not the case for Tim Robertson.  (5,990 views)
5.  Aug. 5: A Gibson City man died Monday, more than a week after he sustained a traumatic head injury when he was punched by another man outside an apartment in Gibson City. (5,102 views)

September
1.  Sept. 26: There were “no apparent injuries” in an accident in Paxton Thursday morning involving a school bus and semi-trailer, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s superintendent said. (6,132 views)
2.  Sept. 10: Clayton, Larry and I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of you who have sent well wishes, prayers, gifts and other means of support. (5,840 views)
3.  Sept. 12: A two-block area has been evacuated around a Piper City soybean facility after dangerous fumes were created when a pesticide reacted with water early Thursday morning, officials said. (4,946 views)
4.  Sept. 19: All 22 Iroquois West Middle School students aboard a bus that was involved in a head-on collision Thursday have been treated and released from a Watseka hospital, the school district’s superintendent said. (4,232 views)
5.  Sept. 19: Several students riding a bus that was struck head-on by a car in Gilman on Thursday morning were transported to a Watseka hospital, while the driver of the car was airlifted to an Urbana hospital. (2,665 views)

October
1.  Oct. 18: A Paxton man remained jailed Friday in connection with the stabbing death of another man outside a downtown bar late Thursday night. (11,084 views)
2.  Oct. 18: With members of his extended family filling the living room and spilling into the kitchen, the scene Friday afternoon at Jeff Potts’ home in Paxton was not unlike the countless other days he shared there with his mother, brothers, stepsister, niece and nephews. With one significant exception.(10,332 views)
3.  Oct. 25: Pueblo Lindo, a restaurant that serves authentic Mexican food, opened Thursday in downtown Paxton. (7,004 views)
4.  Oct. 18: Jeff Potts, with his son Brandon at his side and his grandson Noah over his shoulder and his mother, Julie. (photo of Jeff Potts and his family)  (3,116 views)
5.  Oct. 23: Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s Student of the Month for October is freshman Luis Rodriguez of Paxton. (2,724 views)

November
1.  Nov. 17: It does not appear that anyone has been seriously injured from a likely tornado that hit the village of Gifford area around 1:20 p.m. (4,806 views)
2.  Nov. 18: Businesses and agencies in Ford County are doing what they can to help the nearby Gifford community that was devastated by a tornado Sunday. (3,610 views)
3.  Nov. 18: In an effort to help the victims of the tornado that went through Gifford yesterday, all entry ticket proceeds from tonight’s PBL girls basketball’s seventh- and eighth-grade home games with GCMS will be donated to that disaster fund. (3,314 views)
4.  Nov. 20: In an effort to promote tornado relief efforts in Washington, Ill., the IHSA Class 5A football playoff semifinal game between Washington and Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin will be televised statewide. (3,594 views)
5.  Nov. 29: Paxton’s Christmas tree is lit for the holidays at the intersection of State and Market streets downtown. (2,980 views)

December
1.  Dec. 3: Madison Renea Fuoss, 14, of Paxton, passed away unexpectedly at 10:40 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at her home. (3,306 views)
2.  Dec. 2: Counselors are being made available this week at Paxton-Buckley-Loda schools following the unexpected death of a freshman student. (2,314 views)
3.  Dec. 2: Ford County Circuit Judge Stephen R. Pacey has announced his retirement effective Dec. 31. (2,308 views)
4.  Dec. 2: Gibson Area Hospital is moving its wellness center in Paxton to a much bigger building on East Pells Street — a facility that will also host educational health care classes and programs. (1,839 views)
5.  Dec. 30: A Rantoul man faces felony charges of arson, theft and criminal damage to property for allegedly stealing a pickup truck and then setting it on fire in Paxton last weekend. (1,648 views)

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