New substation near Loda to improve services for EIEC members

LODA — Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative, a member-owned co-op serving electricity to the rural areas of East Central Illinois, recently energized its 27th substation.

Beer won’t be brewed at to-be-opened restaurant, but there’ll be plenty of it

PAXTON — Nearly two years ago, when Ben Grice announced the name of his to-be-opened restaurant in the long-empty building at 102 S. Market St. in downtown Paxton, the Harvest Brew House seemed like a good fit.

After all, brewing beer there was the plan.

Want to spruce up your building? Apply for a facade grant

PAXTON — Business owners in downtown Paxton seeking to spruce up their buildings’ facades can apply for some financial assistance.

A facade grant program sponsored by the City of Paxton, PRIDE in Paxton and the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications from local businesses for reimbursement of up to $3,000, or 50 percent of the project.

Business owner to city council: ‘Let’s be fair’

PAXTON — The owner of a downtown Paxton antique store expressed her frustrations to the city council last week about the inconsistent enforcement of the city’s zoning rules.

Jerky maker looking for bigger presence in Paxton

PAXTON — With no signage on its white-painted brick walls, even some locals aren’t quite sure what happens every day inside the old building at the northeast corner of Taft and State streets near downtown Paxton.

“Nobody really knows,” Mayor Bill Ingold said. “They just see trucks coming and going, and cars parked on the west side of it.”

Antique store moves to new location on North Market Street

PAXTON — The downtown Paxton antique store Ruby Jewel has moved to a new location on Market Street.

Mediacom named nation's top cable operator

MOLINE — Mediacom Communications has been named the nation’s top cable operator by a leading industry publication.

In its annual “Top Ops Awards” issue, Cablefax announced that Mediacom, with its record-setting performance in 2015 and impressive start in 2016, edged out larger cable companies to earn the coveted “MSO of the Year” award.

Birkey’s Farm Store Inc. to acquire Farm Pride equipment

CHAMPAIGN — Birkey’s Farm Store Inc., a full-line Case IH and Case Construction dealer, has agreed to acquire the Farm Pride network of equipment dealerships located in Arthur, Shelbyville, Casey, Newton, and Mattoon.

The acquisition is expected to close in mid-August.

Report: Wind energy means billions to Illinois' economy

NORMAL — A new report on the economic impact of wind energy in the state shows Illinois’ 25 existing wind farms have supported 20,173 jobs during construction and will add $6.4 billion to local economies over the 25-year life of the projects.

Kids resale store opens on Market Street in Paxton

PAXTON — Teri Hancock kept hearing from her customers at Market Street General Store in downtown Paxton of the need for a children’s clothing store in town.

Hancock agreed — and took immediate action.

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