Agent Aspirant program paying off for State Farm in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — For Greg Kurtenbach, seeing his employees go on to run their own State Farm insurance branches is particularly rewarding.

Design, scope of downtown project discussed

GIBSON CITY — The citizen-based Downtown Revitalization Committee met recently to review progress on the new lighting plan and to discuss concepts for future changes to the sidewalks and plantings in downtown Gibson City.

Change order for Gibson City downtown lighting project bumps bid to $405,459

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Council on Monday approved a change order in the amount of $20,345 for the first phase of the city’s downtown revitalization project, increasing the bid total to $405,459.

The extra fees will pay for the addition of two 25-foot streetlights at the corners of 7th Street and Sangamon Avenue.

A haus of memories

GIBSON CITY — Twenty-five years ago, Peter and Erika Schnabel decided to make a career change,  and created a restaurant that is unique in the area.

“It was out of the blue,” Erika Schnabel says.

She had worked in the German government and her husband, after a career in the hospitality, had become general manager of the former Jumer’s Castle Lodge in Lincoln Square.

Language in escrow agreement with wind farm developer concerns board

PAXTON — Ford County Board members raised concerns Monday night about some language contained in a proposed escrow agreement between the county and the co-developer of a wind farm planned for portions of northern Ford and southern Kankakee counties.

Gibson City Downtown Revitalization Committee to meet May 12

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Downtown Revitalization Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at City Hall, 101 E. 8th St., Gibson City.

On the agenda for the meeting are an update on the USDA-funded lighting project along Sangamon Avenue; a summary of the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP); and a discussion of a current concept for downtown revitalization.

Strengths, weaknesses of Paxton outlined

PAXTON — Some 30 people attended a Paxton City Council committee meeting last week to give their input on the city’s future.

The group spent 90 minutes talking about Paxton’s strengths and weaknesses and opportunities.

Street closures approved for antique market in Paxton

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council last week approved street closings to facilitate a newly planned First Saturday antique market.

Debi Chapman-Hermann, owner of Mena’s Mercantile in downtown Paxton, requested that the 100 block of East State Street near her store be closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 4, July 2, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3.

Casey's 'Dog Tag' promotion to benefit Hope for the Warriors

ANKENY, Iowa — Throughout April, Casey’s General Store is offering a special “Dog Tag” promotion to raise funds and awareness for service members and military families.

Paxton Dental Care closing at end of April

PAXTON — A lack of state funding is forcing Paxton Dental Care to close its doors at the end of April, a letter sent to the practice’s clients said.

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