Gibson City man waiting patiently to open Champaign restaurant

CHAMPAIGN — Dylan Yang grew up in Gibson City, and his father operated a restaurant there.

Now it’s Yang’s turn. He’s the owner of Szechuan China, which he hopes to open Sept. 10 at 401 S. First St., Champaign. That location was the site of two other restaurants, Minneci’s and more recently Layalina.

Engelbrecht Grills & Cookers wins award

PAXTON — Engelbrecht Grills & Cookers’ worldwide reputation as a maker of luxury grills keeps growing.

In 2012, the Paxton-based company’s owner, Chris Engelbrecht, was commissioned to build a grill for the Obamas to give to David Cameron, prime minister of the United Kingdom.

Shooky's Bar closes following series of violent incidents

PAXTON — A downtown Paxton bar that has been the site of three violent incidents in the past two years, including two stabbings, has closed its doors as a result of “bad publicity” and a subsequent rise in insurance costs, its owner said Tuesday.

Shooky’s Bar, 103 N. Market St., had been in operation since May 1, 2010, before it closed for the final time Saturday night.

Oral testimony complete in One Earth Energy dispute

SPRINGFIELD — The oral testimony is finally complete in One Earth Energy’s appeal of its Gibson City ethanol plant’s assessed value.

It could be months, however, before the firm, the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district and the Ford County Board of Review learn how the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB) rules.

Gibson City Council members support proposed commercial truck washing facility

GIBSON CITY — A recent presentation to Gibson City Council members resulted in an initial green light to locate a commercial truck washing facility at the city’s Jordan Industrial Park.

Federal assistance available for local farmers impacted by heavy rainfall and flooding

SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 87 counties in Illinois, including Ford and Iroquois counties, as primary natural disaster areas due to crop damages and losses caused by unprecedented rain and flooding over this summer. 

Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services welcomes two new doctors

GIBSON CITY — Two doctors — Dr. Jason Ye and Dr. Donald Reese — have joined the staff of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services.

Ye joined the hospital’s team of orthopaedic surgeons. Ye is seeing patients out of the GAH Orthopaedic Clinic in Gibson City on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at the Mahomet Specialty Clinic on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

Attorney general warns Champaign-Urbana residents of driveway paving scam

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has issued an alert after receiving reports of con artists traveling in the Champaign-Urbana area scamming homeowners out of thousands of dollars for shoddy asphalt-paving services.

'Hiring and Firing in Illinois' to be topic of next Lunch & Learn event

PAXTON — Dr. Garrett Smith will present the program “Hiring and Firing in Illinois” during the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s next Lunch & Learn event, scheduled for noon Thursday, Aug. 27, at the American Legion building at 763 E. Pells St. in Paxton.

Lunch will be provided. The cost to attend is $8 per person.

45 food establishments in Ford County get 'A' grade on inspections

PAXTON — Of the 54 food establishments in Ford County that received routine inspections by the Ford County Public Health Department during the second quarter of 2015, all but nine received an “A” grade. The rest got a “B.”

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