Business

Birkey’s Farm Store Inc. to acquire Farm Pride equipment

CHAMPAIGN — Birkey’s Farm Store Inc., a full-line Case IH and Case Construction dealer, has agreed to acquire the Farm Pride network of equipment dealerships located in Arthur, Shelbyville, Casey, Newton, and Mattoon.

The acquisition is expected to close in mid-August.


Report: Wind energy means billions to Illinois' economy

NORMAL — A new report on the economic impact of wind energy in the state shows Illinois’ 25 existing wind farms have supported 20,173 jobs during construction and will add $6.4 billion to local economies over the 25-year life of the projects.


Kids resale store opens on Market Street in Paxton

PAXTON — Teri Hancock kept hearing from her customers at Market Street General Store in downtown Paxton of the need for a children’s clothing store in town.

Hancock agreed — and took immediate action.


A life remembered: Nick Fiorillo 'was always talking taxes'

PAXTON — Nick Fiorillo loved to talk. Taxes, the focus of his profession, were often the subject.

Even as Mr. Fiorillo was recovering from hip-replacement surgery this month at the Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton, his conversations with his fellow residents and the facility’s nurses always seemed to lead to the inevitable topic.


TIF attorney asks Ford County to take closer look at property assessments

PAXTON — Paxton officials are asking their Ford County counterparts to take a closer look at how properties throughout the county — and, in particular, those in the city’s tax-increment financing (TIF) district — are assessed.


New hotel near I-57 in Paxton might come to fruition

PAXTON — Paxton’s tax-increment financing (TIF) attorney, Dan Schuering, told the city council’s economic development committee Monday night that in two months a final decision would be made on a long-discussed hotel coming to town.

“In 45 to 60 days, it will come to fruition or it will go away,” Schuering said. “There are still pieces to be put into the puzzle.”


Sidewalk seating in front of downtown Gibson City restaurants discussed

By ROSS BROWN
Ford County Record correspondent


GIBSON CITY — Sidewalk seating in front of downtown Gibson City restaurants is a step closer to becoming a reality, as the city council discussed the possibility at its meeting Monday night.


One Earth Energy to city: 'You are required by law and ethically to honor our agreement'

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Council spent more time in executive session Monday night to discuss potential litigation between the city and the One Earth Energy ethanol plant located in Jordan Industrial Park.


Iroquois County wind farm developers sued by landowners

WATSEKA — The owners of farmland used to build the Pilot Hill Wind Farm in Iroquois County are suing the wind farm’s developers, arguing that they are still owed money for access roads built on their property and for damage done to their land during construction.


Record claims more awards than any other small weekly in state

SPRINGFIELD — The Ford County Record claimed the most awards of any small weekly newspaper in the state Friday in the Illinois Press Association’s annual Excellence in News Contest.


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