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The unemployment rate in Ford County was 7.1 percent in October — down from 7.4 percent a year earlier — while Iroquois County’s jobless rate remained unchanged from October 2012 at 7.3 percent, according to statistics released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
PAXTON — Gibson Area Hospital is moving its wellness center in Paxton to a much bigger building on East Pells Street — a facility that will also host educational health care classes and programs.
ONARGA — Denny’s Sporting Goods in Onarga will be under new ownership starting next year.
A contract for the purchase of the sporting goods business and retail store by Trent and Amy Eshleman from owner Terry Eshleman was signed by both parties on Nov. 21, and the closing date is set for Jan. 3.
GIFFORD — Mediacom Communications reports that its network technicians rebuilt a fiber connection node in the tornado-torn community of Gifford to provide broadband service to the fire department facility that is serving as the command center for storm recovery efforts.
PAXTON — Bob Hunzinger has been named the next chief executive officer and president of Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative (EIEC) and will begin his new duties on Jan. 1.
Hunzinger replaces Dave Champion, who is retiring after 40 years of service at Paxton-based EIEC.
ONARGA (AP) — Fundraisers have brought in enough money to save a one-screen movie theater in the small Illinois village of Onarga.
Randy and Cheryl Lizzio tell The Daily Journal in Kankakee that they’ve ordered a new digital projection system for the Onarga Theater. Onarga is a village of about 1,300 people 80 miles south of Chicago in Iroquois County.
GIBSON CITY — Lawmakers passed legislation last week to assist leaders in Gibson City with bringing the first assisted-living facility to Ford County.
PAXTON — As a Christmas promotion, the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is giving out $10 in Chamber Bucks gift certificates for every $50 in Chamber Bucks purchased.
PAXTON — The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce is holding its final quarterly luncheon of the year at noon Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the American Legion building on East Pells Street.
The speakers are Craig Loschen from Flip Switch Consulting and Kristina Phelan, executive director of the chamber. They will be speaking about the use of social media by businesses.
PAXTON — Deb-U-Taunts, a jewelry and gift boutique, has opened in downtown Paxton.
The store, located at 148 N. Market St., sells and buys vintage jewelry, gold and silver. It also sells gifts such as figurines, crystal and scarves.
Store owner Debi Chapman-Hermann, who also owns Mena’s Mercantile directly across the street from her new store, opened Deb-U-Taunts on Oct. 21.