Sisters loving time together at New & Again in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — While some siblings look forward to the chance to leave home and start adulthood on their own, Julie Stagen, Vicki Rhodes and Becky McDevitt can’t seem to get enough of each other’s company.

Simply You — with products and services to help nourish the mind, body and soul — opens in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Kristin Hendricks sees the challenges in her life — from her experience delivering a full-term still-born baby 15 years ago to her time battling breast cancer earlier this year — as opportunities to grow and evolve, rather than burdens to carry.

The 50-year-old Gibson City woman, it seems, doesn’t let anything get her down.

Mom & Pop's Kettle Korn opens storefront in downtown Paxton

PAXTON — As Paxton’s Christmas Parade was about to get under way Saturday afternoon, there was another attraction in the city’s downtown that already had grabbed seemingly everyone’s attention.

Mom & Pop’s Kettle Korn, a business co-owned by Paxton residents Alan and Marcia Meyer, opened its doors for the first time Saturday at its new location at 119 S. Market St.

'A major step forward in our economic growth'

PAXTON — Calling it a “major step forward in our economic growth,” Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold joined a group of investors and Cobblestone Hotel & Suites officials in a groundbreaking ceremony last Wednesday for a proposed Cobblestone Hotel near Interstate 57 on the city’s west side.

Gibson City Pizza Hut shut down permanently

GIBSON CITY — The Pizza Hut restaurant on South Sangamon Avenue — a fixture in the Gibson City community for more than 30 years — has been permanently shut down.

Pizza Hut franchisee Mike Stegman of Wichita, Kan., who has operated the Gibson City restaurant since 1986, said he reluctantly made the decision to close its doors as of Monday.

Preliminary plat for proposed hotel OK'd by Paxton Planning Commission

PAXTON — When Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold and his wife, Lynn, took a trip to Effingham County in October to check out the newly constructed Cobblestone Hotel & Suites in the town of Altamont, they were “blown away by how nice it was and all the amenities they had down there,” the mayor said.

Sign on city-owned lot to be up for zoning board's approval in December

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council learned last week that the city’s zoning board of appeals will consider a request in December from Paxton Health Care & Rehab for a sign to be placed on city property, informing people how to get to the nursing home north of town.

Paxton Planning Commission to discuss preliminary plat for proposed hotel Monday

PAXTON — The Paxton Planning Commission has called a meeting for 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, to discuss a preliminary plat for a 41-room hotel planned for the city’s west side near Interstate 57.

In September, Paxton aldermen signed off on a redevelopment agreement with the developer of the proposed facility — Paxton Hotel Group LLC, a company owned by Steven Glazik of rural Paxton.

Gibson City grain dealer's license revoked

GIBSON CITY — The Illinois Department of Agriculture has revoked the license of a financially troubled Ford County grain dealer.

Railside Golf Course closes

GIBSON CITY — Railside Golf Course in Gibson City has been shut down — and not just for the offseason.

Owner Doug Brucker said Monday that he has closed the 18-hole, 197-acre public golf course, plus its 5,000-square-foot clubhouse, which features a pro shop, restaurant, lounge and 150-seat banquet facility.

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