One Earth Energy to city: 'You are required by law and ethically to honor our agreement'

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Council spent more time in executive session Monday night to discuss potential litigation between the city and the One Earth Energy ethanol plant located in Jordan Industrial Park.

Iroquois County wind farm developers sued by landowners

WATSEKA — The owners of farmland used to build the Pilot Hill Wind Farm in Iroquois County are suing the wind farm’s developers, arguing that they are still owed money for access roads built on their property and for damage done to their land during construction.

Record claims more awards than any other small weekly in state

SPRINGFIELD — The Ford County Record claimed the most awards of any small weekly newspaper in the state Friday in the Illinois Press Association’s annual Excellence in News Contest.

McRae retiring after 50 years at Birkey's

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — While a lot has changed in farming in the past 50 years, one thing that hasn’t changed is Clyde McRae working the parts counter at Birkey’s Farm Store in Gibson City. 

That is about to come to an end, though.

McRae will retire from Birkey’s on July 1 after 50 years of service.

Alderman: Funds ‘rightfully’ belong to firm, not Gibson City


GIBSON CITY — Even though One Earth Energy was not on the agenda, Alderman Jan Hall ended the Gibson City Council meeting Monday night by telling her fellow aldermen the city should release the tax-increment financing (TIF) funds it is holding in escrow for the company, pending the resolution of its property tax dispute.

Agent Aspirant program paying off for State Farm in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — For Greg Kurtenbach, seeing his employees go on to run their own State Farm insurance branches is particularly rewarding.

Design, scope of downtown project discussed

GIBSON CITY — The citizen-based Downtown Revitalization Committee met recently to review progress on the new lighting plan and to discuss concepts for future changes to the sidewalks and plantings in downtown Gibson City.

Change order for Gibson City downtown lighting project bumps bid to $405,459

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Council on Monday approved a change order in the amount of $20,345 for the first phase of the city’s downtown revitalization project, increasing the bid total to $405,459.

The extra fees will pay for the addition of two 25-foot streetlights at the corners of 7th Street and Sangamon Avenue.

A haus of memories

GIBSON CITY — Twenty-five years ago, Peter and Erika Schnabel decided to make a career change,  and created a restaurant that is unique in the area.

“It was out of the blue,” Erika Schnabel says.

She had worked in the German government and her husband, after a career in the hospitality, had become general manager of the former Jumer’s Castle Lodge in Lincoln Square.

Language in escrow agreement with wind farm developer concerns board

PAXTON — Ford County Board members raised concerns Monday night about some language contained in a proposed escrow agreement between the county and the co-developer of a wind farm planned for portions of northern Ford and southern Kankakee counties.

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