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PEORIA — Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon named Robin Rose, the chief operating officer of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services, as the 2014 Rural Illinois Champion on March 5 at the 25th annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference in Peoria.
RANTOUL — Massimo Panseri, a native of Italy, and his wife, Laddawan, opened Gustoso Italian restaurant in downtown Rantoul on March 4.
Gustoso Italian restaurant is located in the building that formerly housed Tea Cup Cafe at 124 E. Sangamon Ave.
PAXTON — The Paxton City Council will consider next week a redevelopment agreement with Shields Automart, the first business in the city’s tax-increment financing district to seek reimbursement for improvement costs.
GIBSON CITY — In celebration of its 60th anniversary, Birkey’s Farm Store is partnering with the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and six other foodbanks to raise $100,000 for hunger relief.
The 60-Day Hunger Drive began Feb. 3. Individuals can participate by visiting www.birkeys.com/hunger or by visiting a Birkey’s store, including the one in Gibson City.
WATSEKA — Dennis Wittenborn and Maggie Martin have resigned from the Iroquois Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees.
PAXTON — The tax increment financing committee of the Paxton City Council has called a meeting for 7 p.m. Monday, March 3, to discuss “economic development and as it concerns use of future TIF increment funds.”
The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the council chambers at City Hall, 145 S. Market St.
ONARGA — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s decision to hire Travis Duley as its high school principal was met with strong approval less than 20 miles away from his predecessor, Trent Eshleman.
PAXTON — Paxton has gone from a town with no antique shops to a place where it would take a better part of a day to see all the items for sale in at least six different shops. The shops aren’t fierce competitors but instead make sure their customers know about all the other shops.
By RYAN FERGUSON
Paxton Record correspondent
GIBSON CITY — Sean Widener, an engineer with Clark Dietz in Champaign, has met with Mayor Dan Dickey and Alderman Dean Kidd regarding the proposed “City of Lights” concept.
Widener presented more information to the full eight-member council Monday.
GIBSON CITY — Rob Schmitt, chief executive officer for Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services, has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s inaugural list of “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know.”