Paxton motel to get reimbursed $85,000 through TIF district

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council voted 6-0 last week to approve a redevelopment agreement with Paxton Hospitality Inc., a company that owns the Paxton Inn immediately west of Interstate 57.

While a new hotel is being built nearby by Cobblestone Hotels & Suites, a number of improvements have been made recently to the Paxton Inn and the motel’s parking lot, Mayor Bill Ingold said.

Schweighart retires from 40-year-long career at EIEC

PAXTON — Paxton-based Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative’s vice president of operations and engineering, Alan Schweighart, retired Friday after serving cooperative members and employees for almost 40 years.

Railside Golf Course re-opens with changes

GIBSON CITY — With a name like “Alcatraz,” it might be expected that the par-three sixth hole of the newly redesigned Railside Golf Course will be hard to escape for even the most talented and experienced golfers.

Three Boys Diner expected to open soon in Paxton

PAXTON — It probably won’t take long before customers of Three Boys Diner begin to put names to the three faces that appear on the diner’s signage.

“You’ll see them a lot,” the diner’s co-owner, Brittani Alvarado, said about her three sons — 10-year-old Symon, 8-year-old Aaron and 6-year-old Angel, who goes by “Bubba.”

Paxton's facade grant program seeks applicants

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 Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications from local businesses for reimbursement of up to $3,000, or 50 percent of a project’s cost, whichever is less.

Owner of ‘The 102’ requests city increase reimbursement

PAXTON — Next Tuesday, Paxton aldermen will consider amending the city’s redevelopment agreement with Scaggs Properties LLC to ensure the company is fully reimbursed for the renovations it has been making to the former 102 Lounge building it owns downtown.

Redevelopment agreement up for vote by Paxton City Council

PAXTON — A revised redevelopment agreement pertaining to land located south of Illinois 9 and west of Interstate 57 in the city’s tax-increment financing (TIF) district is expected to finally be voted on by the Paxton City Council in upcoming weeks.

City moving forward with plans to sell its airport

PAXTON — Despite two other parties having recently expressed interest in buying the Paxton Municipal Airport from the city, Paxton aldermen last week agreed to move forward with their original proposal to sell the facility to Atlantic Ag Aviation Inc., a firm owned by David Hrupsa of Roper, N.C.

Cody Kietzman named president of Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce

PAXTON — Cody Kietzman of the First National Bank in Paxton was elected president of the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors during the organization's Annual Meeting on Monday night.

Kietzman replaced Andy Hudson, the owner of Hudson Drug & Hallmark Shop, who had served as chamber president for the past two years.

Paxton mayor looks back, ahead at progress

PAXTON — Following what he termed a “very busy and very exciting past 12 months in the city of Paxton,” Mayor Bill Ingold highlighted a number of evolvements in the local business world during his speech to the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday night.

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