Gibson City again urges GCMS, ethanol plant to reach deal on disputed assessed value

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Council approved the issuance of a second public statement last week, again urging the local school district and a Gibson City ethanol plant to settle the plant’s years-long dispute over its taxable value.

Lower gas prices = more driving = more ethanol needed

DEWEY — Good news at the gas pump is good news to farmers, as well.

Darrel Good told those attending the Dewey Bank Annual Farm Seminar Wednesday that government projections forecast an increase of 2 percent to 3 percent in fuel use among U.S. drivers this year. That would mean more corn-based ethanol consumption.

Attorneys general asking oil companies to remove synthetic drugs from their gas stations

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sent a letter on Feb.

Dogtown Wind Farm may be built within a year or two

PAXTON — The Dogtown Wind Farm, a proposed 100-megawatt wind farm featuring up to 49 turbines east of Paxton, could be built “within the next year or two,” one of the project’s co-developers said.

Gibson Area Hospital's Schmitt on list of 50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know

CHICAGO — For the second year in a row, Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services’ chief executive officer, Rob Schmitt, has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of 50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know.

Ag Day to be held Feb. 20 at Christ Lutheran High School

BUCKLEY — The University of Illinois Extension’s Ford-Iroquois Office will hold its annual Ag Day on Friday, Feb. 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley. This year’s theme is “It’s All Up in the Air ... Ag. Drones, Weather and More!”

Medical marijuana grow site in Kankakee approved

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner awarded licenses Monday to dozens of medical marijuana businesses across the state after conducting an internal review that found flaws in the never-completed license award process under former Gov. Pat Quinn.

Board of review rejects Gibson City ethanol plant's appeal

GIBSON CITY — The Ford County Board of Review denied a reduction in the assessed value of a Gibson City ethanol plant last week.

The board’s decision Thursday marked the sixth time since 2009 that it denied One Earth Energy’s appeal of its assessed value. So again, the company will be taking up the issue with the state’s property tax appeal board.

Some Paxton restaurants not posting inspection placards

PAXTON — The Country Gardens Restaurant & Pancake House on Paxton’s west edge proudly displays its inspection placard on its front door.

Manager Teresa Huseini likes to show off the Country Garden’s “A” grade and score of 91 that it received on its most recent inspection by the Ford County Public Health Department.

Clinic opens at new location in Hoopeston

HOOPESTON — The Family Health Care of Hoopeston, an affiliate of Gibson Area Hospital, has opened at its new location at 705 S. Dixie Highway in Hoopeston. 

The newly constructed facility features ample parking, numerous exam rooms and spacious procedure rooms.

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