First-quarter inspections result in mostly 'A' grades for food establishments

PAXTON — Ford County food establishments continue to perform well on their routine inspections by the county’s health department.

Busey Bank wins Financial Literacy Award

URBANA — Busey Bank has received the Financial Literacy Award from the Illinois Bankers Association.

The award is presented annually to a financial institution for its work in providing financial education to community members of all ages.

Milford bank's rating improves from 'good' to 'excellent'

MILFORD — The Citizens State Bank of Milford improved from a 3 1/2-star (“good”) rating to a 4-star (“excellent”) rating in the latest ratings from BauerFinancial based on data for the financial quarter that ended Dec. 31, 2014.

All other banks with offices in the Paxton Record’s coverage area retained the ratings they had at the close of the Sept. 30 quarter.

Harvest Brewhouse should be open by summer in downtown Paxton

PAXTON — On most nights, the lights are kept on inside the future home of the Harvest Brewhouse in downtown Paxton. It allows drivers and pedestrians passing by to get a glimpse of the progress being made to get the long-anticipated restaurant open.

The progress, according to Harvest Brewhouse owner Ben Grice, has been slow, but steady.

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!”

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