New gym part of planned $8 million GCMS project

By Ross D. Brown / [email protected] GIBSON CITY — The days of having only one elementary school gym, outdated locker room and restroom space and a small high school weight room could soon be numbered for Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley students. Those benefits and others like it are cited as the factors behind a proposed $8 million renovation project slated for 2021 […]

GCMS registration fee to cancel activity fee

By Ross Brown / [email protected] GIBSON CITY — Parents registering their children at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley schools in August could see a substantial increase in the school’s per-student registration fee. One thing they wouldn’t encounter? Activity fees. A plan the school board will consider next month will put an end to $50-per-sport activity fees, which GCMS began charging to athletes in […]

‘Absolutely nobody more deserving’ of award than Andrew Rosten

LOMBARD – When the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association’s board of directors was reviewing nominations for its 2019 Media Relations Person of the Year award, it quickly became clear that Andrew Rosten was most deserving of the honor. Rosten, who at the time was in his seventh year working as sports editor of the Ford County Record, exemplified what […]

Drew’s View: A lot of unknowns in sports, life

As many of you know already, I was selected as the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Media Relations Person of the Year. Following is a rough draft of my acceptance speech given at the award ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 25: There are a lot of unknowns in the world of sports, including — and especially — baseball. Anyone who’s […]

Gibson City police blotter (Jan. 28, 2020)

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Police Department released the following list of persons arrested or ticketed recently: — Kylee A. Medina, 24, of Plainfield, for speeding on Jan. 26. — Miranda M. Garner, 24, of Champaign, for speeding on Jan. 26. — Andrew R. Lage, 34, of 219 N. Church St., Gibson City, for speeding on Jan. 24. — […]

Queen of Hearts drawing jackpot up to $136,101

By JEAN NOELLSCH / The Ford County Chronicle GIBSON CITY – And then there were three.  Cards, that is, in this Wednesday’s Queen of Hearts drawing.  And one of them has to be the Queen of Hearts. The question is, will anyone win it this week? Organizers estimate that the current $136,101 jackpot will “easily hit” $150,000 after this week’s […]

Photo gallery: PBL vs. GCMS freshman boys basketball (Jan. 27, 2020)

GCMS girls basketball senior night

GCMS girls basketball vs. Lexington (Jan. 27, 2020)

GCMS girls basketball loses 56-48 to Lexington

GIBSON CITY — Lexington High School’s girls basketball team went into its game against Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley on Monday, Jan. 27, coming off a fifth-place finish at the Heart of Illinois Conference Tournament the previous week. The Minutemen left with a 56-48 victory. “The girls played hard. Lexington’s a really good team,” GCMS head coach Keri Dornbusch said. “We knew that […]