'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.”

Paxton IGA to kick off Round Up program on Aug. 1

PAXTON — The Paxton IGA grocery store is starting a new program to help non-profit organizations earn money.

Called the Round Up program, it provides opportunities for customers to give back to the community. Customers are asked if they would like to “round up” their bill to the next dollar and donate the difference to a designated charity.

Gibson City ethanol plant requests release of funds held in escrow

GIBSON CITY — Steve Kelly, manager of the One Earth Energy ethanol plant in Gibson City’s Jordan Industrial park, began Monday night’s city council meeting with a request for answers and action, but he received neither.

Invenergy sells 90 percent stake in Vermilion County wind farm

FITHIAN — Invenergy will no longer be the majority owner of the California Ridge Wind Project in Champaign and Vermilion counties, but the Chicago-based company will continue to operate it and explore the possibility of an expansion, according to company officials.

Art gallery, residence eyed for old railroad depot building in Paxton

PAXTON — An old brick building situated just west of the railroad that runs through Paxton would be turned into an art gallery and residence if Paxton’s zoning board of appeals signs off on the plans.

Morales opens Tacos del Sur in Rantoul

RANTOUL — The difference, according to Miguel Morales, is in the preparation.

All food items sold at the newly opened Tacos del Sur in Rantoul are made fresh, from scratch.

“Everything is homemade,” he said through an interpreter

Morales opened the restaurant at 405 S. Maplewood Drive. He said everything, even the tacos, are made fresh daily.

DuPont to celebrate 75 years in Gibson City on Saturday

GIBSON CITY — DuPont is celebrating 75 years in Gibson City with an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 11, with fun activities for the entire family.

The Gibson City fire department will provide hands-on training in the use of fire extinguishers, and the Gibson City Police Department will conduct K-9 demonstrations.

Plans for expansion of hog farm near Gibson City outlined

PAXTON — Sixth-generation farmers Clint and Colin Steidinger made their case to the Illinois Department of Agriculture on Monday night that the proposed expansion of their hog facility near Gibson City would comply with all eight siting criteria required by the Livestock Management Facilities Act.

Informational meeting on swine facility expansion set for Monday

PAXTON — The doubling in size of a swine facility northwest of Gibson City will be the focus of an informational meeting Monday evening.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture, at the request of the Ford County Board, has scheduled the meeting for 6 p.m. in the board room in the basement of the Ford County Jail, 235 N. American St., Paxton.

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