Local author and nurse embarks on literary journey

LODA — Valerie (Bachman) Wright, a 1995 graduate of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, recently published a book titled “NICU Nursing Stories: A Day in the Life of an NICU Nurse.” Wright graduated from Mennonite College of Nursing in 1999 and began her career as a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), where she worked for 14 years. She […]

Q&A with Gina Miles: ‘I’m just really excited’

PAXTON — Before taking the stage for her first concert as a headlining act — in her hometown, no less — Gina Miles sat down Friday afternoon with Ford County Chronicle Publisher Will Brumleve for a wide-ranging Q&A about the Paxton native’s budding career as a professional singer-songwriter, including her experiences in winning Season 23 of NBC’s “The Voice” in […]

Going to see Gina Miles? We’ve got your questions answered …

The Cadillac co-owner Alan Meyer sat down Monday morning for a brief Q&A with Ford County Chronicle Publisher Will Brumleve, during which they discussed topics related to Gina Miles’ upcoming concerts at Meyer’s newly opened warehouse-style music venue at 108 W. State St. in downtown Paxton, including … How big of a crowd is expected for each show? Meyer said […]

When worlds collide: Gina Miles coming to The Cadillac

PAXTON — Alan Meyer can’t help but smile these days. Not only is Meyer living his dream of hosting concerts in downtown Paxton as co-owner of The Cadillac — a newly opened live music and entertainment venue at 108 W. State St. — but the longtime Paxton resident is also seeing the dreams of family friends fulfilled — most notably, […]

Gina Miles on return home: ‘We’re definitely going to party it up’

PAXTON — When Gina Miles takes the stage later this month at The Cadillac in downtown Paxton, her hometown fans can expect a party — with singing and dancing to pop music from her six-track EP released in January 2022, “Who Are You?” — along with some words of gratitude, perhaps even a few tears, from the star herself. “We’re […]

Trick-or-treating hours set in area communities

So far, several area towns have announced their Halloween trick-or-treating hours, including: Buckley — 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. Elliott — 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. Gibson City — 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. Loda — 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. Paxton — 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. (Also, the Paxton Park District’s annual Halloween Parade will be at 4 […]

New music venue — The Cadillac — bringing visitors, more commerce to Paxton

PAXTON — As a line of fans began to form outside the entrance to The Cadillac music venue in downtown Paxton for the Sunday finale of its grand-opening weekend, the nearby Prairie City Wine Room had a few visitors of its own, some enjoying its outdoor seating on a quiet, early-fall afternoon that felt more like early summer. The wine […]

READY TO ROCK: The Cadillac music venue set to open Friday in downtown Paxton

PAXTON — Some finishing touches were still being done to the big, white building at 108 W. State St. in downtown Paxton on Monday, just four days before its long-anticipated grand opening as a warehouse-style live music and entertainment venue known as The Cadillac. Renovations to the old building — which long ago was a Cadillac dealership and later was […]

Gina Miles to perform in her hometown of Paxton — not once but twice

PAXTON — Gina Miles, the soft-spoken 19-year-old with a gigantic singing voice who wowed a national television audience in winning Season 23 of NBC’s “The Voice” last spring, is coming back to her hometown of Paxton to perform in concert — not once but twice. Tickets went on sale Monday for two shows to be held on one weekend in […]

Paxton farmers market mainstay Brock Zalaker: ‘We’re growing pretty good’

PAXTON — Four years ago, when Paxton’s farmers market moved to the lawn of the public library downtown, there was only one vendor there. Selling his homegrown produce on that late-spring afternoon in 2019 outside the Paxton Carnegie Library — all by himself — was Brock Zalaker. “I think I made like 30 bucks my first couple of times sitting […]

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