Rezoning, final plat for hotel, restaurant approved

PAXTON — The Paxton Planning Commission voted unanimously last week to recommend the city council approve the rezoning of undeveloped land on the city’s west side to make way for a proposed hotel and restaurant there.

Also, the commission voted 5-0 to recommend the council OK a final plat for the planned development. Three commissioners were absent.

If no deal reached soon, Railside to be turned into farmland

GIBSON CITY — If a group of local investors is unable to strike a deal to buy the shuttered Railside Golf Course within a week, its owner intends to begin turning the 18-hole, 197-acre course into farmland.

Streetscape plan for downtown Paxton unveiled

PAXTON — Some 20 business owners and interested residents saw the unveiled streetscape plan for downtown Paxton during a community meeting last Tuesday night at City Hall.

One Earth Energy appealing its assessed value for 8th year in row

GIBSON CITY — The One Earth Energy ethanol plant in Gibson City is seeking a reduction in its assessed value for an eighth straight year, and the Ford County Board of Review will hear supporting arguments — and likely arguments against the reduction — at a public hearing set for 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24.

Mexican restaurant to fill void at Gibson City Pizza Hut site

GIBSON CITY — A Mexican restaurant is slated to open in February in the former Pizza Hut restaurant building at 1120 S. Sangamon Ave. in Gibson City.

More area Pizza Huts shuttered

PAXTON — Pizza Hut restaurants in Paxton, Watseka and Monticello were slated to close Dec. 31, just a little over a month after Gibson City’s closed.

Pizza Hut franchisee Mike Stegman of Wichita, Kan., confirmed the news last week following reports from multiple news outlets that the restaurants would be shuttered at year’s end.

Plackett retiring as president of First National Bank in Paxton

PAXTON — Rodney Plackett will retire as president and cashier of the First National Bank in Paxton, effective Dec. 31, 2016.

Gibson City Meats & Deli slated to close Dec. 31

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Meats & Deli is closing its doors at 107 S. Sangamon Ave. at the end of this year, but its owners still plan to continue serving the Ford County area through home delivery.

Grandma Luke's Candy & Cake opens in downtown Paxton

PAXTON — A third sweet shop has opened in downtown Paxton in as many months.

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.

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