'Harvest Brewhouse' chosen as name for Paxton restaurant

PAXTON — After a “strong outpouring” of suggestions by the community, Ben Grice has decided upon the name of his to-be-opened upscale restaurant and brewery at 102 S. Market St. in downtown Paxton.

And, as Grice has said before, it’s not going to be called “The 102 Lounge.”

Asta Care nursing homes in Paxton, Pontiac under new ownership

PAXTON — The Asta Care Center nursing homes in Paxton and Pontiac are under new ownership.

Bradley Alter, owner of Skokie-based Certified Health Management, said he recently formed two consulting companies — Paxton Healthcare and Rehab LLC and Pontiac Healthcare and Rehab LLC — that purchased the Paxton and Pontiac long-term care facilities, respectively.

Heartland Spa & Fitness Resort closing Nov. 30

GILMAN — The Heartland Spa & Fitness Resort near Gilman has been sold and will be closing Nov. 30 after more than 30 years in business.

The new owner is a family-owned corporation in the nursing home, senior healthcare and rehab industries, a news release from the Heartland Spa said.

U.S. Postal Service rep to speak to Paxton Area Chamber on Nov. 19

PAXTON — The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s executive director, Kristena Phelan, announced several upcoming events:

Paxton to create liquor license for catering of alcohol

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council has created a new category of liquor license to accommodate a restaurant owner’s new catering business.

Ben Grice hopes to bring new life to downtown Paxton with his new — and first — restaurants

PAXTON — Ben Grice couldn’t keep his secret any longer.

The 36-year-old Paxton resident, who has traveled the world as a chef and has catered for billionaires and former U.S. presidents, announced Monday that he is taking his culinary talents back to his hometown.

Tin Pan restaurant closing to make way for The Humble Hog

PAXTON — The closure of the Tin Pan restaurant in downtown Paxton will be bitter-sweet for co-owners Terra Hendrix and Peggy Burton.

On one hand, they will miss the many loyal customers with whom they gained valuable friendships over the past nine years.

Razed site may become park — or opportunity

GIBSON CITY — There is a gap in downtown Gibson City, and Randy Arends is not quite sure how it will be filled.

Maybe a new business will elect to build where two dilapidated structures were torn down, or maybe Arends will develop the lots as an outdoor plaza where people can eat lunch, sip coffee and enjoy green space.

Banks in Loda, Milford upgraded in latest BauerFinancial ratings

LODA — The Federated Bank and the Citizens State Bank were both upgraded in the latest ratings from BauerFinancial based on data for the financial quarter that ended June 30.

The Federated Bank, which has branches in Onarga, Loda, Bradley and Chebanse, was upgraded from 4 stars (“excellent”) to BauerFinancial’s highest rating of 5 stars (“superior”).

Tin Pan restaurant sold to Paxton resident Ben Grice

PAXTON — Paperwork was signed Tuesday afternoon for the Tin Pan restaurant to be sold to Paxton resident Benjamin Grice, opening up the possibility that Grice will start a new restaurant in town.

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