Tea room — celebrating 20 years — brings visitors to Paxton

PAXTON — The Country Thyme Tea Room has been a fixture in Paxton for 20 years, but most of its customers don’t live in the Ford County seat.

Owner Bonnie Kaeb said most of her customers travel from within a 2-hour radius of Paxton to enjoy her home-cooked foods in a cozy atmosphere that they can’t find anywhere else.

'American Pickers' star plans to visit Paxton antique shop

PAXTON — As if winning a chance to go “picking” with  one of the stars of cable television’s hit series “American Pickers” wasn’t enough, Robin McNish recently received word that Frank Fritz plans to come to Paxton to visit her antique shop in September.

California company acquires majority ownership of Illinois wind farm

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — A California company announced Tuesday it has secured majority ownership of the first phase of a wind farm to be built this summer in East Central Illinois.

Family Dollar store in Paxton closing in August

PAXTON — The Family Dollar store in Paxton is closing in August as a result of slow sales.

A sign was posted Monday on the front door of the discount store, located at 100 W. Ottawa Road, informing customers of the impending closure.

K4 Wind Farm construction to start by early August

KEMPTON — Construction of the K4 Wind Farm — a proposed 199-turbine wind farm encompassing portions of Ford, Iroquois and Kankakee counties — is expected to begin by early August, the project’s developer said.

Area banks maintain their BauerFinancial ratings

East Central Illinois banks retained the ratings they had at the close of the Dec. 31, 2013, quarter.

More than half the area banks received BauerFinancial’s highest rating of 5 stars. No area banks received the lowest or second-lowest ratings — zero stars and 1 star.

Gibson City to create brochures to promote its downtown

Paxton Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY – The Gibson City Council voted unanimously Monday, upon recommendation from the Downtown Revitalization Committee, to spend up to $1,000 on brochures highlighting the downtown’s restaurants, retail businesses and specialty stores.

Paxton Record wins 12 awards in Illinois Press Association editorial contest

SPRINGFIELD — The Paxton Record claimed top honors for investigative reporting, best promotion of the public’s right to know and government beat reporting in connection with its coverage of issues in the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department last year, as it finished fourth in the running for Illinois’ best small weekly newspaper on Friday.

Pueblo Lindo to help raise funds for PBL student

PAXTON — The Pueblo Lindo restaurant in Paxton is donating a percentage of its sales on Wednesday, June 11, to a fund set up to help cover medical expenses of Jordan Reynolds, a Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School student fighting chronic myelogenous leukemia.

Reynolds and a friend will be at the restaurant on June 11 helping serve patrons. The restaurant is located at 124 W. State St.

Unemployment drops throughout area

Unemployment rates dropped in April throughout East Central Illinois.

Ford County’s rate was 6.4 percent in April, down from 7.1 a year earlier, while Iroquois County’s rate fell from 7.5 percent in April 2013 to 6.5 percent last month, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

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