Two area banks upgraded by BauerFinancial ratings service

Two area banks were upgraded in the latest ratings from BauerFinancial based on data for the financial quarter that ended Sept. 30.

Bluefish Cafe opens in Elliott

ELLIOTT — Angie Rouley would probably call herself a “jack-of-all-trades and a master at none,” but if you try her breakfasts and lunches you might grant that she is really good in at least one thing in particular.

Since February, Rouley has served as the cook and overseer of the Bluefish Café, which is a misnomer in that the Elliott restaurant does not serve fish of any color.

Harvest of 2014 a real bin buster in Paxton area

PAXTON — The 1.6 million bushels of corn piled up under tarps outside Ludlow Cooperative Grain Co.’s elevator in Paxton could have been even bigger.

But because the delivery of grain by farmers in the elevator’s service area was somewhat “spread out” following the harvest’s Sept. 17 start, it allowed the elevator’s driers to “keep up,” said branch manager Myron Rust.

Gibson City ethanol plant trying to get its property assessment lowered

GIBSON CITY — An ethanol plant in Gibson City for a fifth straight year is seeking a reduction in its assessed value, which, if finally granted, would force the city to return hundreds of thousands of dollars in property taxes paid to one of its tax-increment financing districts.

Gibson City to help fund repair of buildings damaged during nearby demolition

GIBSON CITY — The recent demolition of two properties on South Sangamon Avenue in downtown Gibson City resulted in damage to two neighboring buildings, and the Gibson City Council voted Monday to supply the buildings’ owners with a total of $30,000 for the necessary repairs.

Placards, online reports raise accountability of Ford County food establishments

PAXTON — Patrons of restaurants and other food establishments in Ford County won’t have to wonder any longer about how their favorite eatery is complying with public health regulations.

Gibson Area Hospital opens DeWall Maternity Unit

GIBSON CITY — It didn’t take long for Gibson Area Hospital’s newly opened obstetrics unit to be put to use.

Last Tuesday, one day after the Gibson City hospital received permission from the Illinois Department of Public Health to operate its new OB unit, five laboring mothers walked in.

All 198 Alco stores closing, including one in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Employees at the Alco discount store in Gibson City were notified Thursday that they will be laid off when their store closes, along with all 197 other Alco stores in the U.S., at some point in the near future.

Downtown lighting project discussed by Gibson City officials

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City’s economic and industrial development and finance committees held back-to-back meetings Monday to discuss whether to move forward with the completion of design and topographic surveys for the proposed downtown lighting project.

Redevelopment agreements approved for Shields Auto Mart, Harvest Brewhouse

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council approved two redevelopment agreements Monday with two businesses in the city’s new tax-increment financing (TIF) district.

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