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.

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.

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