Ex-PBL principal joins sales staff at BSN Sports

RANTOUL — Trent Eshleman has joined the sales staff at BSN Sports.

Eshleman has owned and operated Denny’s Sporting Goods in downtown Onarga for the past two years and said he accepted an offer from BSN to become a sales professional.

“BSN asked me if I wanted to join forces, and it seems this is the right time to do that,” Eshleman said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity.

Gibson City Council makes moves to help ethanol plant expand

GIBSON CITY — One Earth Energy has plans to expand the operations of its ethanol plant on the west side of Gibson City, and the city council is going to help it.

The council voted unanimously Monday night to proceed with both the annexation of an additional 103 acres owned by One Earth Energy as well as the creation of a new tax-increment-financing (TIF) district for that land.

First National Bank of Paxton holds annual meeting

PAXTON — Increased home lending and technological upgrades are boosting prospects at First National Bank in Paxton, which held its annual meeting April 16.

“Because of low interest rates, home lending continues to be our most active lending product in 2015,” said President Rodney Plackett, who added the bank is looking at expanding its investment services options this year.

GCMS bill so far in tax appeal: $650,000

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district has spent more than $650,000 on legal and other fees in its ongoing dispute over the assessed value of a Gibson City ethanol plant.

But those costs pale by comparison with the amount of tax revenue the district would lose if the ethanol plant — One Earth Energy — ends up winning its property tax appeal.

First-quarter inspections result in mostly 'A' grades for food establishments

PAXTON — Ford County food establishments continue to perform well on their routine inspections by the county’s health department.

Busey Bank wins Financial Literacy Award

URBANA — Busey Bank has received the Financial Literacy Award from the Illinois Bankers Association.

The award is presented annually to a financial institution for its work in providing financial education to community members of all ages.

Milford bank's rating improves from 'good' to 'excellent'

MILFORD — The Citizens State Bank of Milford improved from a 3 1/2-star (“good”) rating to a 4-star (“excellent”) rating in the latest ratings from BauerFinancial based on data for the financial quarter that ended Dec. 31, 2014.

All other banks with offices in the Paxton Record’s coverage area retained the ratings they had at the close of the Sept. 30 quarter.

Harvest Brewhouse should be open by summer in downtown Paxton

PAXTON — On most nights, the lights are kept on inside the future home of the Harvest Brewhouse in downtown Paxton. It allows drivers and pedestrians passing by to get a glimpse of the progress being made to get the long-anticipated restaurant open.

The progress, according to Harvest Brewhouse owner Ben Grice, has been slow, but steady.

Gibson City again urges GCMS, ethanol plant to reach deal on disputed assessed value

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Council approved the issuance of a second public statement last week, again urging the local school district and a Gibson City ethanol plant to settle the plant’s years-long dispute over its taxable value.

Lower gas prices = more driving = more ethanol needed

DEWEY — Good news at the gas pump is good news to farmers, as well.

Darrel Good told those attending the Dewey Bank Annual Farm Seminar Wednesday that government projections forecast an increase of 2 percent to 3 percent in fuel use among U.S. drivers this year. That would mean more corn-based ethanol consumption.

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